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Commentary: The Cavalcante Escape – A Case Study on the Impact of Dem Policies

By Guy Ciarrocchi

Will this presidential election be the most important in American history?

Commentary by Guy Ciarrocchi originally published by RealClearPennsylvania and made available via RealClearWire

For weeks, the nation had its eyes on Chester County, Pennsylvania – my home. The hunt for double-murderer Danelo Cavalcante captivated viewers, especially in suburban Philadelphia, because for us it was real life: helicopters zooming overhead, 911-alerts to shelter in place, body-armored police manning checkpoints and searching cars, schools closed for days.

As the former CEO of the Chester County Chamber and someone focused on public policy, I did what I often do: I wrote about this event and did interviews on talk radio and podcasts. Then, the floodgates of public opinion poured in. While most comments were positive – “thank you for speaking out” – others were critical. How dare I “make” this tragedy “political,” some said.

Welcome to the suburbs. This episode of life and public policy highlighted another challenge – and, maybe, opportunity – for Republicans here. While most of my critics were activist Democrats and progressive gadflies, it was clear that a subset of Republicans and Independents were uncomfortable with my comments, too, at least while the hunt was ongoing.

Had I broken social protocol simply by suggesting that bad policies and wrongheaded priorities had allowed the escape to occur and to last as long as it did? Whatever one thinks of the merits of my observations, the bigger issue is that some voters seem uncomfortable with holding Democratic politicians accountable for putting their ideology into practice.

Maybe those Independents and Republicans should consider that what I was trying to do with my comments should be done more often – namely, demonstrating policy-and-priority cause and effect, and offering tangible alternatives.

Whether the issue is rising violent crime, an uncountable number of people illegally pouring through the nation’s southern border, expensive gasoline, soaring inflation, or our kids’ falling test scores and rising anxiety, it’s about time that voters begin to assess the Democrats’ report card. Republicans need to point these facts out to swing voters who have given Democrats almost total control of many U.S. suburbs and empowered President Biden.

The Cavalcante episode presents a case study. When an illegal immigrant, a double-murderer who had been previously arrested for domestic violence and allowed to go back home (to the woman he eventually slashed to death in front of her children) escapes from a short-staffed prison in the same way that another prisoner had escaped just weeks earlier; when there is no K-9 unit so that trained dogs were not available to hunt the escapee; when the district attorney waited for hours to release the murderer’s picture to the public and didn’t ask state police for help until Day 5; when the sheriff held a campaign fundraiser, posting pictures on social media, while the escapee was still on the run; and when the Chester County Prison Board is chaired by and made up largely of the county commissioners, the DA, the sheriff, and the controller, all Democrats – why is it wrong to raise these factual points, tie them to the disastrous results, and demand accountability?

The party of “defund the police” and “open up the southern border” needs to answer questions. When he was arrested for domestic violence, why was Cavalcante not sent back to Brazil – where there’s a warrant for him on murder charges? Why did the prison accept a double murderer if it was already short-staffed? Why not place Cavalcante under armed guard? Why haven’t they reinstated a K-9 unit at the prison? Why let him go outside to “get exercise?”

These are policy choices, made with terrible judgment.

Is it wrong to review these facts and to suggest that policy decisions and dubious priorities have caused these effects? Isn’t it an obligation to criticize what happened and offer solutions? It’s certainly an obligation for reporters, journalists, and commentators.

Today, violent crime in our cities is reaching the suburbs. After years of Democrats vilifying police, second-guessing their work, and supporting legislation that allows criminals to sue cops who arrest them, is it any wonder that our police forces are hollowing out and our prisons are understaffed? Democrats have instituted no-cash bail and decriminalized retail theft under $1,000 in major cities; now our downtowns are empty. Is there any mystery as to why?

The Cavalcante episode brought into focus this challenge and opportunity for suburban Republicans. They must find a way to talk responsibly about the Democrats’ policies and consequences and the contrast between their ideologically driven priorities and the priorities of voters living in the real world, dealing with the harmful effects. Republicans need to do this effectively and repeatedly; unless they do, America will continue in the direction it’s going.

And pardon me if I ask: How’s that working out?

By Guy Ciarrocchi – This article was originally published by RealClearPennsylvania and made available via RealClearWire.

Deneen Borelli

Deneen Borelli is the author of Blacklash: How Obama and the Left are Driving Americans to the Government Plantation. Deneen is a contributor with Newsmax Broadcasting. She is a former Fox News contributor and has appeared regularly on “Hannity,” “Fox & Friends,” “Your World with Neil Cavuto,” and “America’s Newsroom.” She has also appeared on Fox Business Network programs “Making Money with Charles Payne,” “The Evening Edit with Liz MacDonald,” and “Cavuto: Coast to Coast.” Previously, Deneen appeared on MSNBC, CNN, the BBC and C-SPAN. In addition to television, Deneen co-hosted radio programs on the SiriusXM Patriot channel with her husband Tom. Recently, Deneen co-hosted the Reigniting Liberty podcast with Tom. Deneen is a frequent speaker at political events, including the FreedomWorks 9.12.2009 March on D.C. which drew a crowd estimated at over 800,000 people. Deneen is also an Ambassador with, a social media platform that promotes free speech, and with the America First Policy Institute (AFPI) which advances policies that put Americans first. Deneen testified before the U.S. House of Representatives Committee on Natural Resources in May 2011 and before the Ohio House Public Utilities Committee in December 2011. Previously, Deneen was a host, Outreach Director with overseeing its outreach program, a Project 21 Senior Fellow, and Manager of Media Relations with the Congress of Racial Equality (CORE). Prior to joining CORE, Deneen worked at Philip Morris USA for 20 years. During her corporate career at Philip Morris she worked in various positions, her last as Project Management Coordinator in the Information Management department where she was responsible for the department’s mandated quality processes, communications, sales information and database management. Deneen began her Philip Morris career as a secretary and advanced to positions of increasing responsibilities. Deneen worked full-time and attended classes at night for 11 years to earn her B.A. in Managerial Marketing from Pace University, New York City. Deneen served on the Board of Trustees with The Opportunity Charter School in Harlem, New York. She appeared in educational videos for children, worked as a runway fashion model, and auditioned for television commercials. Her interests include ancient history, pistol target shooting, photography, and volunteering at her church. Deneen currently resides in Connecticut with her husband Tom.

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