Quotables: Rick Saccone straight up
The March 13 special election to fill the 18th Congressional District seat comes down to experience, says Republican Rick Saccone. As a state lawmaker, veteran Air Force officer and intelligence officer, Mr. Saccone, 60, says his qualifications outdistance those of his Democratic opponent, Conor Lamb, 33, a former Marine and federal prosecutor. Appearing before the Trib's editorial board, the lawmaker from Elizabeth underscored his efforts to work across the aisle in Harrisburg on various bills, which have included the Castle Doctrine, tort reform and property-tax reform, in addition to 12 bills passed by lawmakers that address the opioid crisis. Beyond state issues, Saccone says his experience working in North Korea on behalf of a South Korean contractor qualifies him for a seat at the table in foreign-policy discussions.
“He (Conor Lamb) has really no life experience at all. He has one political appointee job. He never worked in the private sector. I've had 40 years of life experience in education, diplomacy, the military, government and international business. There is no match for that. If this were any other race than a special election, there would be no contest.”
“I was one of the Spartans who held the line at Thermopylae in Harrisburg when the governor wanted a $5 billion tax increase.”
The opioid epidemic is “not just a legislative problem; it's not just a law enforcement problem. It's an all-hands-on-deck problem. It's a community problem. It's a societal problem. It crosses all boundaries.”