It is now about 24 hours since I found myself ensnared in the last minute politics of haste and vitriol in Chester County. If you are playing blog catch-up see the post prior to this.
As a new resident I find myself the unwitting target of the woman who calls herself chief cook and bottle washer of the Chester County Democratic Party.
The great irony of course in all of this is until yesterday I never knew she existed on the face of this earth. We have never met or spoken.
According to her I am some sort of dragonslayer of Democrats or truth, justice, and the American way. (It gets a little confusing.)
All because I met a woman door knocking over the summer who is running for supervisor in East Whiteland named Maureen Martinez.
And yes that is exactly how and when Maureen and I met. I thought she was nice and as someone who wants to represent people and serve in public office, I liked what she had to say.
I have gotten to know Maureen since then slowly. There is no plan or plot. I am not some paid shill of another political party. We discovered shared interests over the past few months as people becoming acquainted do.
But as this person whom I don’t know tells it, I have known Maureen Martinez for years and years and this is some big plot, and better yet, this is why I moved to Chester County. Nevermind the fact that I fell in love with a man who was once a boy I was friends with in high school. After all. and sadly, often when it comes to politics, the truth doesn’t matter.
But at the end of the day, I have survived harder things, namely breast cancer. I thank all of you who have sent me nice messages of support from both political parties. It heartens me to the goodness of people in the face of fibs and nastiness.
My grandmother always said you should make at least one new friend a year. And Maureen Martinez is someone I am proud to call friend. And I think she will make a terrific supervisor. And she is not running for office so she can use that office to run for yet other offices. To me that is always an important distinction.
Suzanne Pratowski is blonde in black and white outfit in center – very petite – original caption to photo was “John Dibuonaventuro of Berwyn and Suzy Pratowski of Wayne center in white at a 2011 Devereux charity event. File photo Joan Bang” John Dibuonaventuro is a Supervisor in Tredyffrin, correct? Ok, public officials have personal lives, but how does this play in here?
A member of Tredyffrin’s Zoning Hearing Board appears to have caught a lucky break in court this week following her arrest in May on charges of public drunkenness and disorderly conduct.
And just what was the lucky break?
A police officer failed to appear on the day of her scheduled summary trial. As a result, she was found not guilty, records show.
According to the citations, Suzanne Pratowski, 37, of Wayne was arrested and charged with public drunkenness and disorderly conduct following incidents May 29.
Messages left for Pratowski Thursday and Friday seeking comment were not returned.
Police officials Thursday describe the absence of the officer at the hearing as an oversight….But another question is whether or not someone from outside of the department could have influenced a member of the police department since Pratowski would be considered a township official in a position that is appointed by the Board of Supervisors.
“Oh no. That does not happen,” Landis said emphatically. “We are equal opportunity arresters. Missing a hearing, that can happen. But influence from someone outside – we can’t tell officers that and we wouldn’t. More than likely, if a police administrator told an officer [not to go to a hearing] he would go anyway.”
The public drunkenness and disorderly conduct charges date back to May when, police say, Pratowski was supposed to pick up her kids at her ex-husband’s house on Franklin Lane….The ex-husband then showed police a custody agreement that indicated Pratowski was not allowed to drink alcohol 10 hours before driving and picking up the children. Pratowski had previously been arrested and charged with DUI in 2010. In that case, she was initially charged with endangering the welfare of children.
According to records, the endangering charges were later withdrawn but she did plead guilty to the DUI charges from that incident….Later that night, police say Pratowski rode her bike to the area near her ex-husband’s house. After being stopped by police, an officer reported getting a .18 blood alcohol level on her by using a portable breath test. That was when the officer wrote that he Pratowski would be cited for public drunkenness and criminal mischief.
What else struck me as odd when I pulled up the dockets? If I am reading them correctly the cases were also transferred to another judge? Why the case transfers in between Magisterial District Judge Thomas W. Tartaglio and Magisterial District Judge Analisa Sondergaard?
Suzanne Pratowski started her insurance career as a Surety underwriter in 2000 with Chubb Group of Insurance Companies in Philadelphia. After two and a half years there, she moved on to a more senior position as a Contract Surety underwriter at The Hartford in King of Prussia. Suzy made the difficult decision to leave The Hartford after 3 years to spend more time at home with her two small children….Suzy grew up in Montgomery County and has been living on the Main Line since 1995. She graduated from Villanova University and lives in Wayne, PA. Suzy is an active member in the community, volunteers at her children’s schools, and sits on the Zoning Hearing Board for Tredyffrin Township. When she is not busy with all of her volunteer activities, Suzy enjoys spending time with her two boys, cooking, and playing golf.
Ok so based on the article she’s a divorcee. Logic would dictate she probably has primary custody of her kids, which means she might need a night out once in a while to let off steam. But I am sorry, she is a PUBLIC official as well as a MOTHER and she isn’t 18. She should be embarrassed, I would question her fitness to serve on the zoning board in Tredyffrin because maybe she has some unfortunate *stress* issues, and who doesn’t question the mysteriously disappearing Tredyffrin police officers when it came to court? And doesn’t THAT bite the big one to put officers of the law in a position like this?
Not trying to be a hard ass with this woman if she is having issues, but seriously, she is old enough not to act like an alley cat when she goes out. And she is very lucky because a lot of employers do not smile favorably on behavior like this.
The Main Line Media News article says she had a DUI in 2010. I could not find that court docket, so the record may be expunged.
I don’t know people this who thing just smells funky. REALLY, REALLY FUNKY. Do I file this under “how embarrassing to be a Republican in Chester County?”
Am I missing something? Or is this just Tredyffrin being Tredyffrin?
This woman sounds like she needs a come to Jesus talk and a 12 step program at a minimum. And once again I question her fitness to serve on any board in Tredyffrin at this time. And the hall pass she in effect got needs a LOT more explaining. Things that seem too cute in politics, generally are.
At the end of the day, I have to still wonder who was in the car with Ms. Pratowski? No one ever said and don’t you wonder given the cozy society photo the MEDIA (not me, not any blogger) put out there?
What is Suzanne Pratowski’s relationship with Tredyffrin Township Supervisor John “J.D”. DiBuonaventuro? I think whatever it is, maybe that needs to be cleared up, don’t you? Public officials do indeed deserve private lives, but unfortunately for Mr. DiBuonaventuro as per Tredyffrin’s website he is Vice Chair of the Board of Supervisors. And Suzanne Pratowski is on the Zoning Hearing Board. So whether they like it or not, people are going to talk. Best to clear it up now so there is no misperception, right?
Oh Tredyffrin, the way the tongues are way wagging on this one (I had NO idea until I put up this post), it might get really ugly. For Suzanne Pratowski’s sake I hope not…..she obviously needs help, not more weird pressure.
And why is it we did not hear about this incident which happened in May until August? Has anyone found this in the police briefs? Usually when a public official does something like this some paper or media source will pick it up ASAP? Like remember when the former police chief let his kid drive an official vehicle? That was EVERYWHERE so fast, yet this? Was this incident covered up and only got out with the whole court thing by accident?
…..And, she most certainly could have been arrested for DUI for riding the bike drunk. It happens all the time. People have even gotten DUI’s on horses. So that is ANOTHER break she got.
Obviously this woman has a drinking problem, is most likely an alcoholic and should be at the very least attending AA to discover the extent of her problem and address it – if not immediate detox/rehab depending on the severity.
I don’t like to judge those with drinking problems as I consider it a disease. At the same time, you are responsible for your actions regardless and she is a public figure and has obviously gotten preferential treatment so I see what has happened along those lines as an issue of public concern
And let me be clear, I am not judging her for having issues with alcohol, but I think she needs to quite playing Party Barbie and get some help. Anyone, yes anyone who encourages this woman to drink is not her friend. Comments on media sites keep pointing to the preferential treatment calling for people involved to step down. I personally do not feel that the cop who did not show up should be punished, because if conspiracy theorists are right, can it be construed he received serious pressure to do so from above? I do think Suzanne Pratowski needs to come off the zoning hearing board, and depending on what his role is in this is that Supervisor John “J.D”. DiBuonaventuro ethically sound to continue to serve the residents of Tredyffrin?
There are a lot of pieces to this puzzle, and I just think at a minimum Suzanne Pratowski needs to deal with her issues. She would be best served doing that as a completely private citizen, which means getting off the zoning board ASAP.
Sorry but this whole thing is give you the shivers creepy.