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11/14 Ups & Downs

A week full of promotions, demotions and dire warnings. See who made this week’s list!

Up Arrow1Katie McGinty. You may have forgotten, but the Democratic field for Governor was quite large as the year began. Names like John Hanger, Jo Ellen Litz, Max Myers, Ed Pawlowski and Jack Wagner came and went while the top trio of McCord, Schwartz and Wolf battled it out. Always hanging around, though, was Katie McGinty. She never went negative and though she only got 7.6% of the vote on election night, Wolf tapped her to become the next party chair. When that didn’t work out, she kept going as Chair of Fresh Start. Now she finds herself being named the next Governor’s Chief of Staff. Goes to show that persistence is a profitable personality trait.

Down ArrowDominic Pileggi. One would think winning all the contested State Senate races and picking up three seats would be enough to keep your job as Majority Leader. Unfortunately for Pileggi, though, that was not the case. Concerns that he was too close to unions and too Southeastern led to his ouster. That ten seat majority will now be enjoyed by someone else.




Up Arrow1Jake Corman. That someone else will be Senator Jake Corman.The Centre County native will now be in charge of the 30 member Republican Senate caucus. Corman is bringing an entirely new team in with him, among whom are new Senate Majority Whip John Gordner of Columbia and Appropriations Committee Chairman Pat Browne of Lehigh. It remains to be seen what this new team will be like.


Up Arrow1Dave Reed. The Senate wasn’t the only legislative body that will see new leadership. A high-profile contest between House Majority Whip Stan Saylor (R-York) and Policy Chairman Dave Reed (R-Indiana) saw the latter emerge victorious. Of course, if you follow PoliticsPA (and Chuck Todd) you’d already know Rep. Reed was angling to move up the leadership ladder. Now, he’ll shepard legislation for new Speaker Mike Turzai.


Down ArrowTom Wolf. The honeymoon is over and the wedding (well, inauguration) hasn’t even happened yet. The leadership elections were a rude wake-up call for the incoming Democratic Governor, as he’ll likely have to deal with a far more conservative legislature. The York native could find allies can be especially tough to come by in Harrisburg. Additionally, the latest IFO economic prospects report was another reminder of the burdens that lie ahead. The citizens of the commonwealth don’t expect the new Governor to fix everything overnight, but Wolf may be surprised how quickly expectations can turn into disappointments.

The tweet of the week goes to Philadelphia Magazine’s Deputy Editor Patrick Kerkstra for his astute observation when Governor Rendell mentioned how many people want him to run for mayor again.

3 Responses

  1. There certainly is a difference between a person facing a tough budget and a down arrow that would indicate a problem with the his performance.

    Perhaps if he is an negative position relative to PA politics it is because the same voters who wanted him to change policy didn’t give him a legislature that is inclined to help solve the people’e problems.

    The down arrow might better be given to the voters who seem disconnected from reality.

  2. The Republican Leadership elections are mainly harmful to the Republican party. They could cost them control of the legislature in two years.

  3. Tom Wolf does not deserve a down arrow. The present economic future for Pennsylvania deserves the down arrow. Please do not shoot the messenger.

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