Lou Barletta Reelected—With 90 Percent Of Votes Cast
November 09, 2007, 03:34 AM
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The Associated Press has the story.

Mayor who targeted illegal immigrants easily wins third term - CBS 21

Last Update: 11/07 7:33 am Print Story | Email Story HAZLETON, Pa. (AP) - Hazleton Mayor Lou Barletta easily won re-election Tuesday to a third term, and in his victory party he talked about fighting drugs and violence in the city.

He also talked about the issue of illegal immigrants.

He said, "We`ve seen what illegal immigration has done to our small town quality of life and we have said, `No! We will not let this happen."` He said, "We will fight!"

Barletta, a Republican, gained national prominence by targeting illegal immigrants living in his Luzerne County city.

Yesterday, he defeated Libertarian candidate John Medashefski, a coffee shop owner who had argued that the city should drop its costly effort to push through a law targeting illegal immigrants.

Unofficial returns showed Barletta winning 90 percent of the vote to Medashefski`s 10 percent.

Hazleton`s effort is only costly because the ACLU initiated an expensive lawsuit. (You can donate to help the town win its appeal here.)The 90 percent vote isn`t that significant—I suspect an opponent like Libertarian candidate John Medashefski was practically the same as Barletta running unopposed. But it`s good to hear. Congratulations to Mayor Barletta!