Campaigns, hearings and a vote of no confidence. See who made this week’s list!
Josh Shapiro. After months (really years) of speculation, the Montgomery County Commissioner finally made the jump into the race for Attorney General. Shapiro is making integrity the central slogan of his campaign, an effort to distance himself from the incumbent. He also scored the endorsement of Philly Council President Darrell Clarke, a valuable counterweight to Zappala’s support from Johnny Doc. Overall, it was a good first week for Shapiro and it will be interesting to see if he continues to gather momentum.
Ed Pawlowski. The ground is shrinking beneath the Allentown Mayor’s feet. This week the FBI charged their first elected official in their sting operation. Then, it was reported that the City Council were preparing to hold a vote of no confidence in Pawlowski in the hopes that he would resign. Whether Pawlowski steps aside or is taken down, it feels like the raid of Allentown City Hall last July was just the beginning of a long scandalous episode.
Luis Felipe Restrepo. The Philadelphia-based judge waited fourteen months to get confirmed to the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit. Last Monday, the Senate finally voted 82-6 to confirm Judge Restrepo. Despite the long wait, Restrepo is one of the lucky ones as Politico notes that Senate Republicans are insistent that no more judges be appointed until after President Obama leaves office.
Kathleen Kane. It was yet another crazy week for the Attorney General, which kicked off with her new assertion that she’ll run for re-election this year after all. Kane went even further by contesting the State Supreme Court’s suspension of her law license and demanding that it be reinstated. Meanwhile, Ed Rendell showed up to testify for her before the State Senate. The former Governor urged that body not to remove her but rather to take up impeachment proceedings instead. All the while, our reader poll of the AG Democratic primary shows Kane still has plenty of supporters. For this moment at least, it feels like anything can happen in the Kathleen Kane saga.
Marco Rubio. This week the Florida Senator secured not one, but two, endorsements from PA State Representatives. Ryan Aument and Jim Christiana both threw their support behind Rubio. These are the first noteworthy supporters of the Floridian in the Keystone State. In fact, according to FiveThirtyEight, only two of Pennsylvania’s major elected officials have chosen a candidate in the 2016 GOP primary so far (Rep. Meehan is supporting Christie while Rep. Barletta chose Santorum). With Iowa less than three weeks away, even the smallest endorsements are good news for a campaign.
The tweet of the week goes to WITF’s Mary Wilson for this candid shot of former Gov. Ed Rendell.
Former guv Ed Rendell, in suit and running shoes, testifies to Pa. Senate committee in support of AG Kathleen Kane. pic.twitter.com/OEkeQwsXVe
— Mary Wilson (@MaryWilson) January 12, 2016