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Young State Rep. Dogged by Video

33-year old freshman state Rep. Tarah Toohil of Hazleton is fighting an anonymous YouTube posting of her younger self in compromising photos.

Young State Rep. Dogged by Video

Hazleton freshman state Rep. Tarah Toohil is speaking out after an anonymous video was posted to YouTube that includes still photos of her from her youth in apparently compromising positions.

The 33-year old Republican facing reelection Nov. 6 put out her own YouTube message responding to a video titled "Pizza Party" that shows a younger Toohil in a series of photos with what looks like a bag of marijuana, a bong and Toohil close to kissing another woman.

The video starts by asking whether Toohil believes in "traditional Republicans values," and ends saying "Pennsylvania Republicans deserve Representatives who share thier (sic) values!"

The Wilkes-Barre Citizens Voice posted the video. You can see it here (just hit replay).

The story is getting wide play in Luzerne County.

Here's a piece from the Wilkes-Barre Times Leader and one from WNEP-TV.

Toohil's Democratic opponent, Ransom Young, says neither he nor his campaign had anything to do with the video, which is purportedly the work of something called "parepublicans4truth."

"My mother is a Methodist minister; she would disown me," Young told the Times Leader.

Toohil admits the photos in the video are her, and WNEP's report says she "admits she made bad decisions" in her youth, over a decade ago.

In her video response, which is posted on YouTube and on her legislative Website, Toohil talks to young people and says, "If you think that doing drugs is cool, it's not...the decisions that you make in life have an impact...just be careful with the choices that you make."

 

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