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BurgherHoldtheLies Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun May-07-06 06:13 PM
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The company you keep...
(Rick Santorum) (Melissa Hart)

These are the people representing me in Washington who just happen to be up for reelection this year. Both have supported this administration from the Iraq War to Big Oil giveaways to the intended destruction of Social Security.

They may try to distance themselves but they are known by the company they keep.
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Divernan Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun May-07-06 06:28 PM
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1. I'm campaigning for Georgia Berner, running against Melissa Hart.
That's Rep. Melissa Hart, next to Cheney. I had to work with her when she was in Harrisburg. Her personality as well as her policies are repugnant. Georgia is in a primary against a "Dem" who was once a staffer in DC and then for years was a lobbyist for health care interests. I'd prefer him to Hart, but think Georgia way better experienced and qualified. After her husband died this mom of 4 took over his company and has increased its revenue 600% and tripled its' employees, who are unionized. They & their families have 401ks and health insurance fully paid for by the company. In other words she creates good paying jobs in the US and exports products internationally!
She has won national awards for her business skills and also has a long history of public service.

Here's her BIO.

>Georgia's Accomplishments

In 1984, Georgia Berners husband died in a plane crash, leaving her a widow with four children spanning from age 9 to age 16. Despite a lack of formal business training, Georgia went to work running her husbands small manufacturing company in New Castle, Pa. Under Georgias leadership during the past two decades, Berner International has tripled its number of employees and increased its revenue by 600%.

A daughter of Western Pennsylvania

Georgia is a graduate of North Allegheny High School and Hollins College. She holds two Masters degrees from the University of Pittsburgh, one in English Literature and one in Social Psychology.

A grandmother of eleven

Georgia is mother to four children, Mikael, Leif, Miranda and Jennifer. In 1993, she married James (Jim) Farber and gained four more children, Kelly, Michael, Daniel and Brian. Collectively, Georgia and Jim have eleven grandchildren. Georgia is fortunate to also have two mother-in-laws, Mrs. Dorothy Noring of Harmony and Mrs. Hjordis Berner of Cranberry Township.

A successful CEO who has created jobs in Western Pennsylvania

Georgia is the CEO of Berner International Corporation, a manufacturing firm located in New Castle, PA. The company manufactures and sells air curtains (air doors) and energy recovery equipment for Heating, Air Conditioning and Ventilating Systems (HVAC).

Berner International provides health care with Blue Cross/Blue Shield for employees and their families as well as a 401K plan for every employee. In addition to her experience creating good jobs at Berner International, Georgia has served on various regional boards that promote economic development, including the Lawrence County Economic Development Corp., the Southwest Pennsylvania Commission, the Pennsylvania Economy League, and the Allegheny Conference Regional Investors Council. She served for four years on the board of Pittsburgh branch of the Federal Reserve Bank in Cleveland.

Georgia has received several awards in recognition of her leadership within her company and her community:

YWCA's - "A Tribute to Women" - Entrepreneur of the Year - 2005
Fortune Small Business Magazine's Best Bosses - 2004
Ernst & Young Western PA Entrepreneur of the Year - 1996 and 2004
American Foundation of Philanthropists - Outstanding Small Business Philanthropist - 2004
New Castle Rotary - Lawrence County's Entrepreneur of the Year - 2004
CEO of the Year, Pittsburgh Tech 50, Co-Winner 2004
SBA Business Person of the Year for Western PA - 1997
SBA Business Person of the Year for the State of PA - 1997
SBA Business Person of the Year for the United States, First Runner Up - 1997
Small Business Administration Small Business Person of the Year for PA - 1997
Pennsylvanias Best Fifty Women in Business - 1997

A lifelong commitment to public service

Georgias commitment to public service on behalf of children, women and families include board memberships with organizations such as the Crisis Shelter of Lawrence County, Adagio Health and the Childrens Advocacy Center of Jameson Health System. In 1976, she co-founded Volunteers Against Abuse Center (VAAC) in Butler County. She has also served on the Zelienople Public Library board, the Jameson Hospital board and the Sewickley Academy Board of Directors.

5/16/2006 : Primary Election >More info

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BurgherHoldtheLies Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun May-07-06 06:38 PM
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2. Either Altmire or Berner would be a HUGE improvement over Hart.
I like Berner but because of the odd shape of our district, I think there is too much red-rural areas for Georgia to win against Hart. Jason may be able to take her out, particularly with Murtha's support.

Either way, let's get rid of Hart-less. :puke:
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