8/16 Ups & Downs

Shakeup in the Governor’s office, a big announcement for Lt. Governor and more. Here are this week’s Ups & Downs.

Up ArrowDown ArrowTom Corbett. From Chief of Staff, to legislative affairs, to communications, the Governor’s staff is right on the other side of a full scale shakeup. That’s good news for Corbett, because even his supporters were getting desperate to see signs of life from the admin. The problem? Not even top notch staff (and his new staff are, by all accounts, top notch) can save the Guv from himself. Or boneheaded ethics missteps, like failing to disclose the purchase of an out-of-state vacation home. And this doesn’t help.

Up ArrowErin McClelland. She’s the Democrat hoping to unseat freshman Rep. Keith Rothfus. As of this week, the only Democrat. Former Rep. Mark Critz announced this week that he was planning to run for Lt. Governor instead. Now the Dems and donors who were waiting for Critz to decide might get off the fence. Downside for McClelland, a health care center proprietor? No more excuses when it comes to fundraising.

Up ArrowKeith Rothfus. His Dem opponent may have a clear path to the general election, but Rothfus remains in solid shape for re-election. National Dems (and donors) had one strategy to oust him in 2014: Mark Critz. With the former Rep. out, PA-12 is unlikely to attract the same type of national cash it did in 2012. And that’s saying something, because Rothfus has not voted like a man who ousted a sitting Democrat.

Down ArrowGreene County Dems. The Dems in this little southwestern county, surrounded by West Virginia almost as much as by Pa., got some unwanted attention this week when a photo appeared. It showed a flier, on their county fair booth, with Gov. Corbett’s head inside a target. Party leaders said they weren’t sure where it came from and wholly denounced it. But it was a bad week nonetheless.

Down ArrowPhilly schools. Another week, another frustrating lack of tangible progress toward sustainable funding for Pennsylvania’s biggest school district. A plan by Mayor Nutter to borrow $50 million is hitting roadblocks in the present because it could hurt the city’s credit rating and its pensioners in the future. And no one yet knows how the system will work for a single month, let alone an entire year. The New York Times ran a big piece on the crisis today.

Up ArrowPat Vance and Brad Koplinski. The state Senator (R-Cumberland) and City Councilman (D), respectively, won a fine distinction this week. Harrisburg Magazine named each of them a “2013 Role Model of the Year” for their work in public service. Vance was named “Simply the Best” in the category, while Koplinski won “Reader’s Choice.”

Tweet of the week: Mike DeVanney. He coordinated Wednesday’s memorial service for the late Gov. Bill Scranton, and snapped this pic.

DeVanney former Guvs


August 16th, 2013 | Posted in Features, Front Page Stories, Top Stories | 13 Comments

13 thoughts on “8/16 Ups & Downs”

  1. Wally says:

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  2. Adam says:

    Everyone who thinks they are clever by pointing out that Mark Singel was never governor should calm down. I think what the photographer meant by “All Living PA Governors” was that all of them are in the picture, not that everyone in the picture was a living PA governor. Otherwise, you could snap a picture of just Rendell and Corbett and say “All Living PA Governors”. Correct in the way you’re reading it, but dumb. All refers to the fact that they’re ALL there. It doesn’t mean “everyone”.

  3. Just Wondering says:

    I wonder how much those guys in the picture cost Pennsylvania every year in “executive” pension payments? Worth every dime I bet!

  4. edmondo says:

    Look at that picture. It explains why I moved to New Jersey at the first opportunity. Have you ever seen that much mediocrity in one place? (Other than the US Senate)

  5. Correction says:

    BSdetector – Mark Singel was never actually Governor. He served as acting Governor which is not the same. He is not listed as a serving Governor of PA.

  6. Tom Lafferty says:

    Too little too late for staffing changes, should have happened a year ago at the very latest. Just a few months left before the campaign starts and in spite of a few high profile replacements, they still have garbage in their skill positions.

  7. Aaron Hartman says:


  8. bucks barrister says:

    Who is the guy between Corbett and Ridge?
    Gov. Who?

  9. bucks barrister says:

    who is between Ridge and Corbett?

  10. Bob says:

    That sound you can faintly hear down in the SE corner of the state from some county building in Norristown is Bruce Castor laughing his a** off.

  11. BSdetector says:

    Unless Mark Singel died and we didn’t hear about it, that Twitter pic is NOT all living governors.

  12. PAINDY1 says:

    COS Gromis-Baker is an incestuous minion of our Dark Prince, John Brabender. Is Gromis-Baker there at the Mansion to make certain that TeaParty Tom doesn’t turn in the keys to the MANSION and cost the Dark Prince some handsome ad fees? Please buck up our Governor Leslie-I don’t want our Dark Prince to miss his payday. BUT SCREW YOUR COURAGE TO THE STICKING-PLACE, AND WE’LL NOT FAIL.

  13. PAINDY1 says:

    Did our Dark Prince Brabender really produce the UPMC fear ads, while his wife the Brabender COS, Gromis-Baker in a shallow diversionary tactic denounces them and calls for everyone to just get along? http://www.post-gazette.com/stories/business/news/corbett-asks-for-highmar

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