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1/31 Ups & Downs

The race for governor kicked into high gear this week with more endorsements, polling and two media buys. Three felony charges also earn a down arrow. See who made this week’s list.

Up ArrowTom Wolf. The former Revenue Secretary kicked off a major media buy on Thursday. He’ll be spending about $370,000 to run an ad called “Meet Tom,” where the gubernatorial candidate is introduced to Pennsylvanians via his daughters, wife and employees. The sixty-second spot is upbeat and the network saturation will likely increase in name recognition across the Commonwealth. Plus, the buy hardly puts a dent in his campaign account.

Down ArrowGovernor Tom Corbett. The governor had a strong week last week when he released his fundraising numbers, but this week, two polls hit him with tough numbers. According to Franklin and Marshall, only 23% of Pennsylvanians thought he deserved reelection. He did better with just Republicans, with 41% saying he deserved reelection, but another poll from Gravis found that just 38% of Republicans wanted to give Corbett a second term. While it’s unlikely that the Governor will have trouble in a primary, these numbers don’t bode well for the general election.

Up ArrowSenator Bob Casey. The senior senator from Pennsylvania flexed his muscles this week when he kept the President of the United States waiting in Air Force One. According to ABC News, “Casey was seen sprinting across the tarmac at Joint Base Andrews more than 22 minutes after President Obama boarded for his short flight to Pennsylvania.”

Down ArrowState Rep. J. P. Miranda. The Philadelphia Democrat was taken into custody earlier this week for three felony charges. According to Philadelphia DA Seth Williams, Miranda tried to hire his sister as his chief of staff. Upon finding this violated nepotism laws, he set up another “ghost employee” to funnel the salary to his sister anyway. She was also charged.

Up ArrowKatie McGinty. Another candidate for governor makes the list for the bang-for-your-buck she got on Tuesday night. Her campaign spent just about $6,000 to run a 30 second spot before and after the State of the Union address. The buy, though small, made her the first Democratic candidate on television in the primary season. A bunch of media outlets wrote up the ad, even though it only ran twice on CNN and MSNBC. Talk about cost efficiency.

Tweet of the week goes to Salena Zito of the Tribune Review for taking CBS White House Correspondent Major Garrett to an Elk Club in Pittsburgh.

That time I made .@majorCBS an honorary Elk in #Pittsburgh

— SalenaZito (@SalenaZitoTrib) January 30, 2014


3 Responses

  1. I think you mean “extra Miranda rights”. Obviously, if he was taken into custody, he was almost certainly read his Miranda rights.

  • Understanding that basic education funding should/will be first, what should be the next highest priority for the General Assembly?

    • Raising The Minimum Wage (25%)
    • Legalizing Adult-Use Marijuana (24%)
    • None of the above. Something Else. (20%)
    • Economic Development (14%)
    • Higher Education (8%)
    • Public Transportation (8%)
    • Workforce Opportunities and Innovation (2%)

    Total Voters: 51

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