Presidential campaigns set up shop in Sewickley
By Bobby Cherry
Published: Wednesday, Oct. 10, 2012, 9:01 p.m.
Not only does an empty chair separate Democrats from Republicans, in Sewickley, an empty storefront does, too.
“It's ironic that the two offices are in the same building,” said Maria Swanson, an organizer of the Republican office, which sits one vacant storefront away from the Quaker Valley Democratic Organization office. “It's the same landlord.”
Large banners and hand-painted signs decorate the front window of the grassroots Republican office, located in space formerly occupied by the iconic Monday's Child store and later Pink & Blue, which closed earlier this year.
Quaker Valley Democratic Organization volunteers have covered windows and walls with fliers and posters for candidates they're supporting at a storefront at 505 Broad St., across from Citizens Bank.
Representatives from each office say having a walk-up spot for the presidential campaign is important – not to mention unusual.
“In the first three days, we had over 200 people,” Swanson said of the Republican office, which opened Oct. 1.
For the Democrats, more than 100 people visited during a Friday night event in late September, volunteer Otis McAliley said.
“I'm part of this because I believe in President Obama,” McAliley said.
“America is for everyone, but sometimes it doesn't appear that way.”
While she's not supporting the same candidate, Swanson, like McAliley, is passionate about her reason for helping to open the Republican storefront.
“The primary force was the presidential election,” she said.
“It is the most urgent election of our adult years.
“The country is on a dangerous course that will alter what I believe America was founded on.”
Phone calls and canvassing efforts are based out of the two offices, and the Republicans are planning debate-watching parties, including one for tonight's debate between the vice presidential candidates.
The Democrats are planning to watch the debates, but “in the comfort of people's homes.”
Prospective volunteers and those seeking signs, bumper stickers, buttons and other election campaign material wander in off the street throughout the day, organizers from each office said.
“One lady up in (Sewickley) Heights came in one morning to get a sign and she had to come back in the afternoon because somebody took her sign,” McAliley said. “She said, ‘Who would take a sign in Sewickley Heights?'”
And while the relationship between Democrats and Republicans seems fierce on a national scale, McAliley said it's more civil in Sewickley.
“I take issue with some of what (the Republicans) say, (but) we're neighbors,” he said. After the campaign, we still have to live here.”
Bobby Cherry is a staff writer for Trib Total Media. He can be reached at 412-324-1408 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Show commenting policy
TribLive commenting policy
You are solely responsible for your comments and by using TribLive.com you agree to our Terms of Service.
We moderate comments. Our goal is to provide substantive commentary for a general readership. By screening submissions, we provide a space where readers can share intelligent and informed commentary that enhances the quality of our news and information.
While most comments will be posted if they are on-topic and not abusive, moderating decisions are subjective. We will make them as carefully and consistently as we can. Because of the volume of reader comments, we cannot review individual moderation decisions with readers.
We value thoughtful comments representing a range of views that make their point quickly and politely. We make an effort to protect discussions from repeated comments either by the same reader or different readers.
We follow the same standards for taste as the daily newspaper. A few things we won't tolerate: personal attacks, obscenity, vulgarity, profanity (including expletives and letters followed by dashes), commercial promotion, impersonations, incoherence, proselytizing and SHOUTING. Don't include URLs to Web sites.
We do not edit comments. They are either approved or deleted. We reserve the right to edit a comment that is quoted or excerpted in an article. In this case, we may fix spelling and punctuation.
We welcome strong opinions and criticism of our work, but we don't want comments to become bogged down with discussions of our policies and we will moderate accordingly.
We appreciate it when readers and people quoted in articles or blog posts point out errors of fact or emphasis and will investigate all assertions. But these suggestions should be sent via e-mail. To avoid distracting other readers, we won't publish comments that suggest a correction. Instead, corrections will be made in a blog post or in an article.
- Pirates trade for Mets 1B Davis
- Crews search for Latrobe woman in Linn Run State Park
- Pittsburgh-area students on the hunt for the perfect prom dress
- Hempfield native, 22, publishes with local independent press
- Pirates notebook: Players show support for Franklin Regional
- Man found fatally shot in Larimer a mile away from Homewood peace march
- Donald turns down New York invite for NFL Draft
- Sculpture at Phipps links art and sustainability
- Survivors in critical condition a day after fifth Armstrong County car crash victim dies
- City Theatre cancels ‘Grounded’ through April 20
- Chat with Dejan Kovacevic: April 18, 2014