12/18 Ups & Downs
Email revelations, legislative resignations and competitive elections. See who made this week’s list!
Kathleen Kane. The Attorney General has faced a myriad of legal troubles over the last few months. Her primary defense during this time has been that she is the victim of powerful men seeking to protect themselves from revelations that they sent offensive and disgusting emails around their office. When it was revealed this week that Kane’s twin sister also distributed these messages and that the AG even received some of them, whatever political support Kane still had flew out the window. The entire issue of the emails (while worrisome in their own right) now appears to be merely a desperate attempt to distract attention from Kane’s own mistakes. It is impossible to see how any political officials could still defend her and the AG’s removal from office now seems to be a fait accompli.
Seth Williams. First off, Williams benefits just by the fact that Kane is once again the subject of scrutiny instead of him. The Philly DA also finally took steps to distance himself from Fina, issuing a mea culpa (it’s not insignificant that he is the first official involved in this mess to do so). Finally, State Rep. Louise Bishop pleaded no contest and resigned giving Williams another victory in the Philly sting investigation. Altogether, this was an unexpectedly good week for the DA.
Louise Bishop. Speaking of the State Representative, she definitely earned a down arrow this week. At first, it appeared that the long-time lawmaker and former radio host would fight the charges but eventually she threw in the towel. Her lawyer even abandoned the claim that the sting was racially motivated. It is a shame, though, to see a public servant bring themselves down over just a little bit of money.
Scott Petri. This should’ve been a down week for the PA-8 candidate. After all, Dean Malik jumped into the GOP primary alongside Petri and Andrew Warren. Then the NRCC announced that Petri has been put “On the Radar”, the first step in their “Young Guns” program. He also got the endorsement of Bucks County native and ex-Governor Schweiker. Therefore, Petri has a great opportunity to win the invisible primary by convincing donors and elected officials that he is best suited to replace retiring Congressman Mike Fitzpatrick.
John Rafferty and Todd Stephens. Rafferty and Stephens are competing for the GOP nomination in the 2016 Attorney General race and their primary has the potential to be the most competitive of next year. On Tuesday, each man unveiled an endorsement. State Rep. Stephens scored the backing of the Allegheny County GOP Chair while State Sen. Rafferty won the endorsement of his former colleague Bob Robbins. On the bright side, each man has run a good campaign so far. On the other hand, though, the better they both do the more brutal their battle will be.
The tweet of the week goes to the Philadelphia Police Department. May the Force be with you.
No, posting #StarWarsForceAwakens spoilers is not a crime. Yes, it should be. We enforce the laws – we don't make them. Sorry.
— Philadelphia Police (@PhillyPolice) December 15, 2015