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1/13 Ups & Downs

Endorsements, conflicts of interest and a million dollar-plus settlement. See who made this week’s Ups & Downs!

Up Arrow1Val DiGiorgio. The endorsements just keep rolling in for the Chester County Chair’s campaign to lead the Pennsylvania Republican Party. Last week, Senate Pro Tempore Joe Scarnati and Majority Leader Jake Corman threw their support behind him. This week, it was House Speaker Mike Turzai and Majority Leader Dave Reed who announced their backing of DiGiorgio. He’s building quite the momentum ahead of the Feb. 4th winter meeting.

 

Down ArrowBruce Beemer. The Attorney General’s Office just can’t seem to escape the shadow of Kathleen Kane and those lewd emails. On Wednesday, AG Bruce Beemer revealed that he had finally reached a settlement with the law firm that compiled the Gansler Report. The final price tag came to $1,435,588.90. That’s quite the bill, especially when Beemer didn’t even bother to name names. These past few years have been a dark time for Pennsylvania’s Office of the Attorney General.

 

Up Arrow1Brian Fitzpatrick. Fitzpatrick is assembling a bit of a mini-dynasty in the 8th Congressional District. His older brother Mike held the seat from 2005 to 2007 and again from 2011 to 2017. Now Brian has taken up the mantle. This week, though, we learned that the freshman scored two prominent committee spots, earning seats on the House Homeland Security and Foreign Affairs Committees. Fitzpatrick’s got all the tools to be impactful member of Congress, now it’s up to him.

 

Up Arrow1Bob Casey. Pennsylvania’s senior Senator is launching his 2018 campaign by going after Donald Trump through his co-sponsorship of Elizabeth Warren’s Presidential Conflicts of Interest Act of 2017. Political prognosticators are fairly bullish on his re-election odds, categorizing the race as “Likely Democratic”. All the while, the potential GOP primary field is coalescing. This year will likely end up being the most important of Casey’s career.

 

Down ArrowEric Papenfuse. It’s over, Johnny. It’s over! After thirty long weeks, the Harrisburg Mayor finally lifted his ridiculous ban of Pennlive. Still, we’ve got to dock him one last time on principle for causing this whole situation in the first place.

 

 

 

The tweet of the week goes to the Washington Post’s Chris Cillizza for this great map.

10 Responses

  1. A down arrow for little Billy Caye even before he gets out of the gate for a Superior court run because he refuses to explain why he was dumped at the A.G. Office during the porn mail scandal.

  2. One of the reasons Beemer got the job Iin such unseemly haste was Senate fear that Castor was going to release the report unedited letting the chips fall where they may. He said as much. Whether he would have, who knows?

  3. Val Digiorgio’s law partner is JOSH SHIPIRO

    http://www.stradley.com/professionals/s/shapiro-joshua-d

    Josh Shapiro (born June 20, 1973) is a Democratic politician. He served as a member of the Pennsylvania House of Representatives, representing the 153rd legislative district, from 2005 to 2012. He currently serves as a member and Chair of the Montgomery County Board of Commissioners. On November 8, 2016, Shapiro was elected to be the next Attorney General of Pennsylvania, replacing interim Attorney General Bruce Beemer.

  4. FOR PA GOP CHAIRMAN:

    Did anyone ever think to look up Lawrence Tabas’ contributions?

    He’s given money to the Democratic National Committee!!! and $1000 to his firm’s democratic PAC – – – Alerted Democratic Majority…check it yourself…

    http://www.fec.gov/finance/disclosure/norindsea.shtml

    It makes sense since Lawrence Tabas’ boss and law partner, from his firm bio:

    He currently is Chairman of The Casey for Senate Committee. He has also served as the Pennsylvania Finance Chairman for President Clinton and as Vice Chairman, Finance, for the Democratic National Committee. He was also Chairman of the Pennsylvania Finance Committee for the Democratic National Committee and chairman of the Ed Rendell for Mayor campaign and a member of the Finance Committee of the Ed Rendell for Governor campaign. He was a delegate to the National Democratic Conventions in 1976, 1980, 1992 and 1996. He was Vice Chairman of the Philadelphia Gas Commission from 1979-83.

  5. Sure, I will give you access now when I am running for re-election. Maybe Pennlive should ignore the opportunist slug Papenfuse for the next six months. There are some politicians that get way too much attention.

  6. Beemer undid all the good work by Kathleen Kane to expose hypocrisy and corruption in PA judiciary and prosecution offices. Why do we still not have names? PA taxpayers paid for this information, and deserve it, but Beemer protected the scumbags.

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