May 13, 2020
by Dwight D. Weidman
Walt Bietsch, the Mayor of Chambersburg, Pennsylvania, and Franklin County Commissioners Dave Keller and Bob Ziobrowski have turned on their fellow Franklin Countians and joined the PA Governor who attacked his own citizens, calling them “cowards” and “deserters” for wanting to reopen their businesses.
All three of these turncoats are now supporting Tom Wolf’s punishment of Franklin County and have agreed that both the Boro of Chambersburg and Franklin County must remain under lockdown until June 4th.
It isn’t surprising that Commissioner Bob Ziobrowski, a Democrat has joined Wolf, but as late as this weekend, it was rumored that Commissioner Keller, a Republican, wanted to sign the “open on May 15th letter” sent to the governor by Franklin County’s legislative delegation and Commissioner John Flannery. The question is, who got to Keller?
Chambersburg Mayor, Walter Bietsch is even a bigger surprise, after making a splash by announcing he wouldn’t enforce the governor’s “red” lockdown edict in March. It was reported today that Bietsch tucked his tail between his legs and did a quick retreat by issuing this weak statement: “While the appropriateness of the ‘red’ phase designation is subject to debate, local elected officials do not have the authority to independently permit non-waivered businesses to open during this ‘red’ phase,” Bietsch said. “Non-waivered business owners/operators, who choose to open, do so at their own peril, considering the possible negative impacts that they may experience from the Wolf Administration, for violating the business closure order.”
Benedict Arnold would be so proud of you, Mayor Bietsch!
In the case of the two turncoat commissioners, they released an open letter to the residents of Franklin County announcing their treachery. Apparently not content with sticking residents with $100 million of debt for a questionably-managed courthouse project, they now want to crush small businesses across the county. Below is an image of the letter from the Newstalk 103.7 website.
It’s time for the people of Franklin County to let these people know how you feel. For Chambersburg residents, you don’t have to wait too long to get rid of Mayor Bietsch, since the election for Mayor is in 2021. To get rid of Dave Keller and Bob Ziobrowski, you have to wait until 2023. Maybe in addition to going to Harrisburg to demonstrate, you should schedule a big rally closer to home!