1/22 Ups & Downs
Primaries, emails and endorsements. See who made this list!
John Rafferty, John Brown and Otto Voit. Last weekend the PA GOP met for their annual winter meeting in Hershey. While Scott Wagner’s comments about Gov. Wolf and Lindsey Graham’s speech got most of the attention, the committee made some noteworthy decisions. Chief among them were the endorsements of John Rafferty, John Brown and Otto Voit for Attorney General, Auditor General and State Treasurer respectively. The unanimous decisions marked a sharp contrast with the Democratic Party, which is dealing with a number of contentious primaries.
Josh Shapiro and Stephen Zappala. Speaking of which, it’s looking like we’re going to have an especially competitive Democratic primary in the Attorney General race. The news that Kathleen Kane may try to run for re-election sparked the most eventful week so far in this contest. Dave Fawcett dropped out, saying he didn’t want to split the western vote with Zappala. Then, Jack Stollsteimer stepped aside while explicitly endorsing Shapiro. Finally, Zappala indicated that some of Pittsburgh’s biggest names are lining up behind him. The race is fast becoming an east/west battle between Shapiro and Zappala with Kane and Northampton’s John Morganelli hanging around. It should be one of the more entertaining spring primaries.
Max Baer and Kevin Dougherty. Just when you think this lewd email problem can’t get any worse…it gets worse. This week we found out that seven other Supreme Court Justices, in addition to Seamus McCaffery and Michael Eakin, received inappropriate emails. Furthermore two of them, Justices Baer and Dougherty, currently sit on the bench. It’s unclear just how damaging this revelation will be to them, given that they never sent any messages, although it has to be an unwelcome embarrassment as Baer finishes out his tenure and Dougherty starts his.
Dwight Evans. The State Representative and Congressional hopeful released a poll on Tuesday, commissioned by PPP, that showed him sixteen points ahead of indicted Congressman Chaka Fattah. Not only that, Evans leads among both black and white voters in this minority-majority district. He also released his first ad the next day, capping off quite the week.
Scott Petri. Petri had a lot going for him in the PA-8 race: establishment support, plenty of cash and a contentious Democratic primary. Then, all of sudden, Brian Fitzpatrick appeared. The younger brother of the retiring incumbent, Fitzpatrick announced yesterday that he is jumping into the GOP primary. While this new Fitzpatrick has no political experience, it’s worth betting that he wouldn’t give up his job in the FBI and his life in California to come here if he thought losing was a real possibility. The State Rep. may yet have the last laugh but there’s no way to deny this is terrible news for him.
The tweet of the week goes to the Philadelphia Police Department. Have fun and be careful this weekend politicos.
— Philadelphia Police (@PhillyPolice) January 21, 2016