Shockwave shatters Pa. politics
By Brad Bumsted, Debra Erdley and Mike Wereschagin TRIBUNE-REVIEW Sunday, May 21, 2006 ...It's not unusual for the talk-show circuit to bash legislative pay raises, but this time it was different. Russ Diamond realized that July 14.
Diamond walked into the Downtown Lounge, a sports bar in the mid-state town of Lebanon, for dinner. Instead, he got an earful from his nephew, a 20-something who usually couldn't care less about politics. On this particular night, he couldn't stop railing against Senate Majority Leader David "Chip" Brightbill, R-Lebanon, one of the pay-raise architects.
"He laid into me," said Diamond, a business owner who had flitted in and out of politics with a failed congressional bid in 2004 and an aborted local school board race that year.
His nephew's belligerence gave Diamond more to chew on than his pub food: If his usually-uninterested relative was so angry, Diamond reasoned, perhaps he wasn't alone.
The next day, Diamond bought the domain name >a href="www.pacleansweep.com/'>http://www.pacleansweep.com">www.pacleansweep.com for $182.47, threw together a Web page featuring a clip-art sheep, and wrote a screed about the need to send packing each of the 228 state legislators up for re-election in 2006. .... more