PoliticsPA Up and Down: 1/7 Edition

Rep. Mike Fitzpatrick. Apparently, Rep. (we think) Fitzpatrick was not on the floor of the House during the oath of office for House members. He saw the oath on TV while standing next to Rep. Sessions of Texas, said the oath along with the TV. According to House rules and procedures, you have to be on the floor in order for the oath of office to be valid. Rep. Fitzpatrick will apparently have to redo the oath and his votes over the last two days will not count. Probably an honest mistake, but talk about starting on a bad note.

Allegheny County Comptroller Mark Flaherty. All politics is timing, and Flaherty played his hand well. The bold timing of his announcement for County Exec gives him an advantage over other possible candidates in name ID and news coverage.
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John Baer. The consummate columnist has been writing since before there was an internet. Now he’s taking the web by storm with his new blog, Bear Growls. It’s hilarious. And his column this week might be the only piece ever written about Arlen Specter that everyone can agree with. Might Twitter be next?
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Rick Santorum. Despite all of the recent press surrounding his Presidential aspirations, a poll this week showed that Santorum wouldn’t even have an advantage in his home state. PPP showed that he polls behind Obama in PA, and would even struggle in PA’s GOP primary. For all the excitement of a local figure in a big national primary, numbers like this say the Emperor has no clothes.

Washington County Commissioner J. Bracken Burns. After four decades worth of great days in Washington County comes news that longtime county Commissioner Burns will not seek re-election next year.  Burns served Washington County selflessly and colorfully – he’s one of the great personalities in Pennsylvania politics – and he has earned any opportunity that comes his way in the private sector.

Rep. Tom Marino. – Rep. Marino had a $2,500-per-person fundraiser the night before he was sworn in. The DNC released a press release criticizing the congressman for catering to special interests before being sworn-in. Whatever the intent, the perception and press the congressman received are fodder for the Democrats. On the bright side, sources now report that Marino has wiped out his outstanding campaign debt.

Rep. Mike Kelly. For a Washington outsider, Kelly demonstrated serious media savvy in the run-up to this week’s swearing in ceremonies.  In his appearance on CBS’s Face the Nation and this lengthy profile piece in the Washington Post, Kelly shows the common-sense, businessman image that Republicans are trying to project.

January 7th, 2011 | Posted in Features, Front Page Stories | No Comments