Transitions, caucuses and gavels. See who made this week’s list!
Lou Barletta and Tom Marino. Donald Trump values loyalty and Pennsylvania Congressmen Lou Barletta and Tom Marino were among the first public officials to endorse the real estate tycoon. As a result, they were two of the sixteen members named to the official transition team. Given the massive number of jobs to fill and the chaotic rush to do so, it’s quite likely that one or both of these men could end up with a major position.
John Yudichak. The Lehigh Valley State Senator really wanted to be Caucus Secretary. Considering that the man who holds the job, Larry Farnese, is facing thirteen counts of vote buying, Yudichak likely thought his attempt at a promotion would be a slam-dunk. The leadership, however, were unmoved by Farnese’s predicament. In retaliation, Yudichak publicly blasted Farnese and the leadership for their decision. It was the correct course but sadly public criticism of his party is going to be more damaging for Yudichak’s hopes than criminal charges.
Dwight Evans. After thirty-five tumultuous years in Harrisburg, Dwight Evans is finally moving down South. After Chaka Fattah’s legal troubles opened the door, the long-time State Rep. was able to win the Democratic nomination. He cruised to victory on the 8th and this week was sworn in early to fill the vacancy in PA-2. Here’s hoping his tenure in Congress can be the capstone of a lengthy career in public service.
Stan Saylor. The Appropriations Committee Chair wields the most powerful gavel in the Capitol. The retirement of Bill Adolph left a gigantic power vacuum that Stan Saylor and Scott Petri each attempted to fill. This week, Saylor emerged the victor and will head the most influential committee in the legislature.
Eric Papenfuse. We’ll be giving the Harrisburg Mayor a down arrow every week until he lifts his ridiculous ban of PennLive. We’re now up to week twenty-three.
The tweet of the week goes to Andrew Brandt of ESPN. Let us know if you aware of the author of this cartoon:
Had to laugh.. pic.twitter.com/V7QKpQzU2J
— Andrew Brandt (@AndrewBrandt) November 17, 2016