Fundraising, endorsements and campaign commercials. See who made this week’s list!
Joe Sestak. Since Sestak has been running for the Senate essentially since 2009, we’ve gotten used to the fact that his campaign doesn’t release any fundraising numbers ahead of time. Therefore, it makes for quite the late revelation every quarter when they finally come in. This was a particularly tough quarter for the candidate as he raised just $551,000 compared to the $1 million McGinty pulled in. As a result, despite a significant head start, Sestak has only about $1.5 million cash on hand lead over his party establishment’s preferred choice.
Anne Covey. The GOP nominee for State Supreme Court received a famous endorsement yesterday. Former Pittsburgh Steeler and Penn State Nittany Lion running back Franco Harris is not only supporting the Commonwealth Court Judge but appeared in an ad for her. Covey is beloved by PSU alumni for her role in the lawsuit against the NCAA and given the amount of Penn State supporters in the Keystone State that can only help her come election day.
Mike Parrish. The Democratic candidate for Pennsylvania’s Sixth Congressional District has been preparing a long time for this race. He entered the 2014 contest only to be forced aside, but his 2016 hopes were always apparent. That’s why it was so surprising to see that he raised just $29,000 in the last fundraising quarter. Considering that prognosticators deem this a competitive race the discrepancy in cash between himself and incumbent Congressman Ryan Costello is incredible. Parrish may soon find that the nation’s pundits no longer believe he can win this race.
Christine Donohue. With the judicial elections less than two weeks away, endorsements have come pouring in for the various Democratic and Republican nominees. Donohue, however, snagged one of the few to cross party lines when the pro-business PEG PAC endorsed her. So, while the negative ads continue, this support was a big victory for the Democratic nominee.
Brendan Boyle. On Monday, Congressman Boyle tweeted out that he had heard Vice President Joe Biden would run for President in 2016. On Wednesday, the VP announced he was not entering the race. As a former Texas Governor once said, “Oops”.
This week was so eventful we can’t pick just one tweet. Therefore the honors go to both Will Bunch of the Daily News and Jonathan Tamari of the Inquirer.
After months of staring at this damn window, Joe Biden has finally concluded that it's closed pic.twitter.com/5AQyPoux74
— Will Bunch (@Will_Bunch) October 21, 2015
Look, Benghazi guys, if you want emails, Kathleen Kane has a ton of 'em. She's giving them away right now.
— Jonathan Tamari (@JonathanTamari) October 22, 2015