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Friday, February 13, 2015

Corey (O'Brien)'s Big Adventure

As reported many places (including HERE), Lackawanna County Commissioner Corey O'Brien is resigning his elected office, effective March 10th.  According to Mr O'Brien, a new private sector employment opportunity is awaiting him.

Now I normally wouldn't spend too much time on a topic like this, although I have written about Mr O'Brien in the past, particularly his peculiar "this guy is terrible so don't vote for him" to "this guy is wonderful so please vote for him"...within the span of about a month...relationship with his fellow commissioner Jim Wansacz.  Got sincerity?  I'll also note that Mr O'Brien gets a small part of the collective blame for the abysmal state of NEPA's economy, something he shares with other elected officials.  How abysmal?  Well NEPA has had the highest unemployment rate in all of Pennsylvania for an unbroken steak of many, many years.  At the end of the day though, Corey O'Brien always struck me as a guy who would have fit in far better in political service circa 1950, where vindictiveness and blatant political showmanship were both far more tolerated and encouraged than they are today.  See THIS one example, of many.

Anyway, on to the point I really want to make about this story.

It's not been a very well kept secret that Mr O'Brien has been looking for new employment opportunities for a long time.  The fact that he isn't at the moment telling the public where where he will be working is intriguing.

My best guess?  I'm thinking there is a better than 50/50 chance that Mr O'Brien's new employment will have something to do with...or connected to...Dunmore businessman Louis Denaples.  If I'm wrong, well I'll gladly cop to that fact.  If I'm right?  Well let's just see.

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