Pennacchio Receives Warm Reception in Centre County

U.S. Senate candidate Chuck Pennacchio took his message to Center County, PA yesteray and was received with what appeared to be open arms.

Chuck Pennacchio, director of the history program at University of the Arts in Philadelphia, met with reporters, held a closed meeting with elected Democrats and made public addresses at the Foxdale Village retirement home and the State College Municipal Building.

“Bob Casey can’t beat Rick Santorum,” Pennacchio told three dozen Foxdale Village Retirement Community residents. “I can beat Rick Santorum because I contrast with him on the issues.”

Pennacchio has been personal aide to U.S. Sen. Alan Cranston and military personnel advocate for Rep. Ron Dellums, both of California, and he organized winning campaigns for U.S. Sens. Tom Harkin, of Iowa, Tim Wirth, of Colorado and Paul Simon, of Illinois.

But he’s never before sought elective office himself. He said he’s starting so near the top because “I’m not looking to change careers — I’m looking to change lives.”

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Before his talk, Pennacchio chatted with each of the Foxdale residents, telling Eunice Merriss that “I think people want integrity — and want conviction,” adding: “Frankly, I want my party back, right now, as a Democrat.”

After his talk, Merriss said Pennacchio’s appearance had been great because he “just told was what he thought and he was very good.”

At the State College Municipal Building Tuesday night, Pennacchio was more animated and an audience of more than 50 responded with several rounds of sustained applause as he called for universal health care and vowed not to accept any campaign money from political action committees or pharmaceutical companies.

Keep up the good work Chuck!

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