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!