12/12 Ups & Downs

Staff announcements, 2016 and PA Society. See who made this week’s list!

Up Arrow1Tom Wolf. It was a busy week for the Governor-Elect but we suppose they’ll all be from now on. He announced a number of top hires, including his former primary opponent John Hanger as Secretary of Planning and Policy. Wolf also unveiled a multitude of review teams that would study the current conditions of various state agencies and commissions. The future Governor sure looks like he has things under control at the moment. While appearances don’t say much, it’s all we have so far.


Up Arrow1Down ArrowKathleen Kane. The Attorney General oversaw another staff shake-up this week. In this round, she brought in Clintonite Blake Rutherford as her new Chief of Staff. Kane will also be bringing on a new Legislative Director and Assistant Press Secretary. These moves come after a number of top officials have left the Attorney General’s office. The adoption of a new team indicates an effort to turn around recent negative perceptions. So in one way the move is an admission of difficulty yet it is also an indication that things are liable to change.

Up Arrow1Rick Santorum. Former Senator Rick Santorum essentially announced that he’ll be running for President in 2016. Four years ago, Santorum surprised the political world when he emerged from the back of the pack to narrowly win the Iowa caucuses. In fact, he ended up finishing second in the 2012 GOP primary. Now he’s giving it another shot and given the fact that he’s been running for over three years now, he should have an early edge. The question will be whether he can take advantage.


Down ArrowPat Toomey. With the 2016 election season starting, it’s time for Senator Toomey to get into re-election mode. On Thursday, Larry Sabato’s Crystal Ball released their first Senate rankings for 2016 and classified Sen. Toomey as one of three toss-up seats. As a result, PA’s junior Senator can expect a brutal battle over the next two years. Publicly he insists his mind is on Capitol Hill this year but if he doesn’t have at least one eye on the Keystone State in 2015, then 2016 could be a bad year for him.


Up Arrow1PA’s Top Operatives. A shameless plug for our 2014 list of Pennsylvania’s top political operatives. Congratulations and good luck living up to the expectations.



The tweet of the week goes to Lauren Vidas for the perfect description of this weekend’s big event.

December 12th, 2014 | Posted in Features, Front Page Stories, Top Stories | 3 Comments

3 thoughts on “12/12 Ups & Downs”

  1. bungy says:

    Hey Elroy. Your girl will be indicted in a couple of weeks. I also heard that there is a close relative of KK’s that is a ghost employee. That relative also likes to crash state cars under the influence. J.C. from 29 is on it.

  2. Doug says:

    “Good luck living up to expectations”
    That will be difficult considering everyone from the Corbett admin just had their last job in politics. Great job, losers.

  3. elroy hirsch says:

    Kathleen Kane was elected into an office dominated by 32 years of elected Republican control. Her new administration was handed numerous cases in disarray. It is reported that Frank Fina, former top OAG Prosecutor, was deeply involved in the pornography scandal in OAG. No wonder he has recruited the judiciary to help shut down the new female AG.

    It is important that after the Montgomery County Grand Jury ends its investigation that the truth be told about Fina and Company. Kane deserves an opportunity to set the record straight regarding the sexually abusive culture within the Office of the Attorney General. The Grand Jury has successfully blocked the elected Attorney General from telling the story.

    Who is being protected?

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