Another gubernatorial debate, more congressional money issues and a fight over those infamous emails. See who made this week’s list!
Tom Wolf. The latest Quinnipiac Poll showed Wolf with a 17-point lead, and while that is less than their previous survey, he is still comfortably over the halfway point at 55%. He also got the opportunity to host Hillary Clinton for her first campaign rally of the midterm season. Finally, Wolf avoided a loss in the third gubernatorial debate and was much improved from his lackluster performance in the first debate.
Chaka Fattah. “No one has a crystal ball,” was Rep. Fattah’s response to an investigation by the Philadelphia Inquirer on the federal money his staff, friends and associations have received. The Congressman is right that no one has a crystal ball, but if they did his future would not look bright.
Ryan Costello and Mike Fitzpatrick. The PA-6 aspirant and PA-8 incumbent learned this week that the DCCC was pulling out of their districts. Without party money it will become especially difficult for Democrats Manan Trivedi and Kevin Strouse to try to pry either seat away from the GOP.
Philadelphia Teachers. Seemingly without warning (actually very little and inadequate warning) the Philadelphia Federation of Teachers found out Monday morning that their contracts had been by canceled by the School Reform Commission. Under the new model, teachers will have to pay 10% or 13% of their healthcare costs. Tom Wolf denounced the development but it’s unclear if he’d be able or willing to reverse it if he became Governor.
Ron Castille. Well, he said he was going to get the porngraphic emails that judges sent and he got them. That may be a hollow victory, but it’s a victory nonetheless. From early on, the State’s Chief Justice made clear he was going to get involvement if judges were found to be involved in the email scandal. After a brief fight with Attorney General Kathleen Kane, Chief Justice Ron Castille will received over 4,000 emails. What will happen next is anyone’s guess.
The tweet of the week simply must go to this exchange between State Reps. Frank Farina and Mike Schlossberg. Special thanks to Erik Arneson for the great recommendation.
@MikeSchlossberg until you opened your mouth
— Frank Farina (@RepFarina) October 7, 2014