Ethics violations, jail and an inauguration. See who made this week’s Ups & Downs!
Seth Williams. Philadelphia’s District Attorney was hit with a record fine on Monday. Williams was docked $62,000 for ethics violations, specifically his unauthorized acceptance of gifts. This news led one of his opponents, prosecutor Joe Khan, to call for Williams’ resignation. Furthermore, Khan recently revealed his campaign’s sitting on $200K in cash. With a primary looming in May, 2017 is set to be a long year for Seth Williams.
Ed Pawlowski. On the other hand, the Mayor of Allentown continues to somehow keep his political career alive. A year and a half after his office was raided by the FBI and he found out his best friend was an informant, Pawlowski is actually running for a fourth term. It takes a lot of gall to continue in the face of those odds. So, for this week at least, we’re giving him an up arrow.
Chaka Fattah. There are many citizens despondent over the transfer of power set to take place at noon today. Count Congressman Chaka Fattah among them. Fattha’s grief, though, extends to the fact that President Obama did not grant him a last-minute pardon. As a result, his ten-year sentence for the dozens of crimes he committed will start on Wednesday.
Bob Casey, Charlie Dent and Brian Fitzpatrick. It’s not often that a Democratic Senator and two Republican Congressman find themselves in the same boat. Nonetheless, this trio stuck their necks out in various ways this week. First, Dent and Fitzpatrick were among the tiny group of nine Republicans who voted against the budget resolution that included the repeal of Obamacare. Then, Senator Casey announced that he would vote against Trump’s picks for Attorney General, Education Secretary and EPA Administrator. It’s unclear whether these mavericks moves will prove beneficial or detrimental, especially considering the next occupant of the White House.
Donald Trump. You have to give him this, no one thought it was possible. Yet despite all the drama, insults, scandal and even the loss of the popular vote, Donald Trump will be inaugurated as America’s 45th President of the United States today. While some PA Democrats won’t be there, everyone is sure to be tuning in. After all, Trump cracked the code as to what the public really wants: entertainment.
The tweet of the week goes to New York Times’ TV critic James Poniewozik. So much can change in just a couple of years.
Two years ago tonight, Donald Trump fired Shawn Johnson and Lorenzo Lamas on Celebrity Apprentice.
— James Poniewozik (@poniewozik) January 19, 2017