The Latest Twist at Penn State? Attack Ads in Board Elections

The Pittsburgh Post-Gazette reports that advocates for the late football coach, Joe Paterno, are now taking out newspaper attack ads in an effort to force out two members of the university’s Board of Trustees who voted in 2011 to fire Paterno.

Penn Staters for Responsible Stewardship, or PS4RS, an alumni group seeking the ouster of board members over Paterno’s firing, is placing advertisements in Central Pennsylvania targeting incumbents Paul Suhey and Stephanie Nolan Deviney, who are seeking re-election to two of the three alumni seats open this year.

The first ad appeared in Monday’s Centre Daily Times, on its sports section cover. The 6-by-3-inch ad reads: “Suhey and Deviney voted to fire Joe Pa. Now they want OUR vote. Really?”

Roger Williams, executive director of the Penn State Alumni Association, could recall no similar ads during his decades at Penn State, nor the acrimony seen the last two years. His 169,000-member group does not endorse candidates.

Well, at least everything is quieting down and going away, right?

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  • GK1993

    It won’t “go away” until members of the media investigate Second Mile and DPW & CYS. How was Sandusky approved for adoption 6 times and approved as a foster parent countless other times? Why did Second Mile CEO Jack Raykovitz say there’s “no way Jerry is a pedophile” when he was told about what Mike McQueary saw?

    It won’t “go away” until Central Mountain High School principal Karen Probst is investigated. When Aaron Fisher and his mother told her that Sandusky was abusing Fisher, Probst told them to go home and think about what they were saying and what it would do to their family if they reported the allegations to law enforcement. Chris Cuomo confronted her this summer in his 20/20 piece and she ran away for him. And yet she’s STILL the principal at that high school.

    Instead of writing about a 6″x 3″ ad, perhaps you should focus on the aforementioned issues if you want it to “go away”.

  • How can it be an “attack ad” when it simply states what happened?