5/2 Ups and Downs
Just over two weeks until the primary election and the vitriol determined this week’s arrows. See who all made the list!
Governor Tom Corbett. Every time that the Democrats running for the gubernatorial nomination attack each other and dredge up opposition research, they make the Governor’s campaign just a bit easier. This week, Allyson Schwartz wailed Tom Wolf for his loyalty to Steven Stetler, Rob McCord essentially said Wolf was tolerant of racism in the City of York. They haven’t given up on the loan he took out either. All of these attacks are tailor-made for a negative advertisement against Wolf in the event that he’s the nominee, which will keep Corbett’s creative budget low for advertising. Not that he’ll have to worry much about cost, late last week, the Governor had a single fundraiser that brought in more than $500,000.
Rep. Harry Readshaw. Last week, Readshaw was accused of producing a misleading advertisement about the transportation funding bill. This week, he released an ad with similar assertions, and in this one, lump his opponent, Rep. Erin Molchany into the old school Harrisburg establishment; however, Molchany is a first term representative, and has served a mere fraction of the time of Readshaw. Planned Parenthood also released an anti-Readshaw ad that will run in Pittsburgh. This is the second ad from a third-party attacking Readshaw. Keystone Progress unleashed a similar effort last week.
State Senator Mike Stack. Not only is Stack running in the Pittsburgh marathon, but he’s doing it to raise money for Planned Parenthood, an interest group that has been important in his work in the State Senate. He also unveiled his media buy this morning, with saturation far more impressive than any other candidate in the field for Lt. Gov. will be able to afford. He’ll also be starting earlier – May 6, giving him a solid two weeks on the air for one of the lowest profile races in the state.
Mark Critz. Leading LGBT organization Equality PA released their list of endorsements this week, and while they are lending support to many candidates in General Assembly races and some congressional, they didn’t pick a favorite in either of the statewide races, Governor and Lieutenant Governor. They declared that each of the candidates satisfactorily represented their interests, all but one – former Congressman Mark Critz. According to Equality PA, his positions on LGBT issues are so unacceptable, they saw fit to issue an anti-endorsement, essentially an “Anybody But Critz” statement.
Tom Wolf. The entire field on both sides of the aisle is after him, and it hasn’t mae a bit of difference in polling. The latest poll, and first in over a month, shows Wolf at 38% and his closest opponent, Allyson Schwartz at a very distant 13%. All of the candidates are on TV, each are attacking Wolf and still, he’s posting a double digit margin with just over two weeks until the big day.
Bob Guzzardi. After a Commonwealth judge ruled that Guzzardi could remain on the ballot, the Supreme Court overruled the decision and the Republican challenger will not appear on the ballot in the gubernatorial primary.
Tweet of the week goes to campaign lawyer Adam Bonin for nabbing Tom Wolf and his body double in the same place.
— Adam Bonin (@adambonin) April 30, 2014