Monday, April 27, 2015

Too much money

Michael Vitez reports:

Too much money

Michael Vitez reports:

4:30 p.m.

Steve Harley, 65, voted in Moorestown and said he was glad election season is over.

"I feel we spend too much money on the election.," Harley said. "If every dollar committed to the election would also go to cancer research, we'd probably have cured a lot of cancers by now." 

Also voting in Moorestown, at the First United Methodist Church, were Chris and Kelly Krumins, who just made a very personal deadline.  She is pregnant and is due any day. 

"I'm just glad I made it to vote," Kelly Krumins said. "We were keeping our fingers crossed."

This morning, her husband told her he hoped she didn't go into labor, because he really wanted to vote. Both said they voted for Obama.

"It's a little scary, the times were in, the state of the economy," Chris Krumins said.  "We just want the country to start going in the right direction."

On the other side of the political aisle, Lois Downey said many of her fellow Republicans were discouraged that New Jersey is commonly written off as an Obama state. 

"McCain supporters in New Jersey feel very sad.  They feel their vote may not matter," said Downey, vice-chair of the Moorestown Republicans Municipal Committee.

Downey drives around with a poster-sized "Purple Palin Power" magnetic sign on the back of her vehicle. In Moorestown, she said, the sign draws a lot of honks and cheerful support.

But Downey said that when she was at the University of Pennsylvania the other day and came back to her car, she found the sign on the ground with muddy footprints on it. 

"I chalk that up to exuberant youth," she said, and "creative expression of first-amendment rights."

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