Sunday, June 04, 2006

Holtzman Taking Play from O'Reilly's Book

Just as Bill O'Reilly likes to claim he grew up on the mean streets though he was comparatively well-off, Holtzman does the same.
Holtzman likes to note on the campaign trail that he "was born in the blue-collar coal country of northeastern Pennsylvania."

True, geographically. But his family neither labored in coal mines nor is blue-collar.

Within minutes of greeting a guest at his winter home in Palm Beach, Fla., his father, financier Seymour Holtzman, not only mentions that he went public with his first business at age 26, but also goes line by line through his company's financial statements.

Holtzman's mother, Evelyn, stayed home in Wilkes-Barre, Pa., tending to Marc and his younger brother and sister while her husband grew his business into Jewelcor - a national chain of catalog showrooms - plus a jewelry manufacturer, travel agencies, investment and management services, and even pizza arcades.
He even has the gall to say this, "I know what it's like to wake up and have to get out and literally not have a toothbrush or pajamas to my name."

When he was 12, Hurricane Agnes broke a dike on the Susquehanna river, so he was awakened by the National Guard to flee to safety. To an overcrowded sports arena with no services cut off from outside help by ineffectually-run government agencies, then being homeless for months like most other poor people?

No, his family's "ski chalet in the Poconos before moving to a new home on higher ground."

Frightenend and inconvenienced once, he knows what it's like to suffer and be deprived. Although, if he was awakened in the middle of the night, I wonder why he says he didn't have pajamas?

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