10/30 Morning Buzz
Editor’s note: today’s Buzz is abbreviated because we wanted to have it ready to publish early Monday evening.
How Hurricane Sandy Could Affect the Election in PA: Hurricane Sandy is forecast to slam Pennsylvania from Monday through Wednesday. We take a look at how the Frankenstorm might impact the election in Pa.
2 GOP Super PACs Coming Back to PA With $3.2M (Watch Video): For the first time since August, Republicans will air presidential campaign ads in Pennsylvania. Restore Our Future, the pro-Mitt Romney super PAC, is planning a $2.1 million Pa. buy for the final week of the election. Update: Obama’s CM says that will match the buy.
PA Part of $7.4M Anti-Obama Online Ad Buy: She’s just not that into you. That’s the message from pro-GOP 501(c)(4) Independent Women’s Voice to Barack Obama. Their online ads feature a young woman talking about the President as a lackluster boyfriend, and are in Pa. as part of a 5 state, $7.4 million online ad buy.
Cancelled: Biden to Stump in Hometown Scranton: Vice President Joe Biden is set to visit his hometown of Scranton on Nov 1, just four days before the 2012 election.
Longshot GOPer Slams Opponent for Gay Marriage Support (Watch Video): In an election year that’s all about the economy, Republican Jim Billman seeks to shift the focus toward gay marriage. In a limited cable television buy, he slams Democratic opponent Mark Rozzi for supporting gay marriage.
Lycoming Poll: Mirabito 59, Rogers 31: Once again, Lycoming College has released a poll of the 83rd state House district, and once again, incumbent Democrat Rick Mirabito has a healthy lead over GOP challenger Harry Rogers.
Oops. FreedomWorks Scrubs Anti-Critz Site: FreedomWorks Pennsylvania removed references on an attack website to Rep. Mark Critz’s opposition to Social Security privatization.
Report: Fitzpatrick Donors Would Benefit From Bills He Sponsored: The International Trade Commission has brought Fitzpatrick’s campaign finances under scrutiny after it published an estimate about legislation benefitting campaign donors in the chemical industry.
Newspaper Endorsements Open Thread: It’s that time of year. Newspapers around Pa. are backing candidates. Here’s PoliticsPA’s running list of endorsements in statewide and congressional races.
Legislative Election Updates:
HD-39: PoliticsPA Exclusive: The group PA Working Families sent this mailer as a broadside against Rep. Rick Saccone (R-Allegheny). The Dem is Dave Levdansky, then man Saccone beat by a slim margin in 2010. This is one of the top races in Pa., and the candidates and committees are letting loose with mailers and more.
HD-89: Humane PA PAC backed Dem Susan Spicka over Rep. Rob Kauffman (R-Franklin).
HD-151: Rep. Todd Stephens (R-Montco) squared off against Dem challenger Will Sylianteng. Read about it in The Reporter.