Marcellus drilling opponent waging write-in bid for guv
A retired Air Force captain in Wyoming County says she is running for governor as a write-in candidate, and she’s making opposition to drilling in the Marcellus Shale the cornerstone of her campaign.
Virginia Cody says on her campaign Web site that she’s a registered Republicans, but identifies with Tea Party activists, Democrats, environmentalists and libertarians. She’ll have to attract all those constituencies to have any remote chance at a write-in campaign, typically a grueling endeavor even for the most well-known political figures.
“I have never run for a political office before,” Cody says on her Web site. “But, politics is inherent in virtually every business you are involved in. So, I feel quite safe in saying I understand how politics works; it’s a multi-layered mousetrap. I’m pretty smart, and I have a very steep learning curve. But, as far as I’m concerned, politics doesn’t have to be ‘business as usual.’ I intend to make sure it isn’t.
At least two larger write-in campaigns are already taking place in support of Republican Sam Rohrer, who lost the May primary to Tom Corbett. Rohrer has neither endorsed nor condemned those efforts, but he has also never endorsed Corbett’s candidacy.
Cody supports a moratorium on current Marcellus drilling and, later, a high drilling severance tax. The Patriot-News reports that Cody was among the anti-drilling activists who recently caught the attention of a state contractor that became embroiled in controversy for monitoring activists and circulating their activities to law enforcement agencies as possible security threats.
“No longer are we willing to accept the incestuous relationship the natural gas industry has with our legislators and government,” she says. “No longer are we willing to allow the natural gas industry to run roughshod over our citizenry with its deceptive leasing practices, its environmental carnage, and its arrogant refusal to pay its way while it does business in our state.”
October 7, 2010 at 9:00 am
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