At this point, you may have heard about Congressional candidate Gene Stilp’s wide array of public policy props including “Pignelope,” the “Lady of the Susquehanna,” the back-worn electrical plug, and the humongous hypodermic. Now there’s another Stilp original to add to the list. Stilp’s prop shop’s fresh new project is a gigantic working wheelchair that Stilp says was created to focus on Medicare and Social Security.
At an attention-demanding 15 feet, Stilp’s video shows how he uses his campaign bus, Pignelope, to transport the chair in parts.
For Stilp, the wheelchair is meant to bring attention to Republican attempts to change Medicare. “The Republican controlled House of Representatives has voted to put Medicare on a voucher system,” said Stilp. “My opponent voted twice to eliminate Medicare as we know it.”
Stilp says he is “for Medicare as we know it” and “not for the voucher system at all,” adding that he is strongly against privatizing Social Security.
The giant wheelchair “symbolizes my 100% affirmation of Medicare as it is, and Social Security,” according to Stilp.
Stilp unveiled the wheelchair in Wilkes-Barre as he accepted AFSCME’s endorsement in his race for the 11th Congressional District against Congressman Lou Barletta.