Delaware Senator Tom Carper joined Congressman John Carney for a campaign appearance outside the Hares Corner postal facility.
Carper has been a major advocate in the Senate of saving the US Postal Service, which is facing a major financial challenge. “This is a challenge, but what did Albert Einstein say? ‘In adversity lies opportunity.'”
Carper met with workers at the Hares Corner site which was initially slated to be closed under a plan to reorganize the USPS. The facility was rescued from the brink of closure after heavy lobbying from Delaware’s Congressional delegation including Caper and Carney.
Carney says it was because Carper chairs a key subcommittee that oversees spending by the Post Office that the facility was spared. “Senator Carper has really led the way on this effort…He believes in the Postal Service,” Carney says.
The campaign stop came just one day after another bruising debate in the Senate race with barbs being thrown at Carper by Independent candidate Alex Pires. At one point in the debate, Pires called Carper “a parasite.” Carper laughed it off in front of supporters Thursday, “I just kept thinking, ‘Real leaders don’t build themselves up by tearing others down.'” Carney expressed his surprise that Carper was in a such good mood after the debate. “Last night was pretty ugly. For a while there, I thought a fight was going to break out, and the thing that concerned me was I was going to be right in the middle of it.”