2/26 Ups & Downs
Polls, lobbyists and a sidewalk altercation. See who made this week’s list!
John Dougherty. What was John Dougherty thinking? The labor leader had a banner 2015, expanding his power and witnessing his brother being elected to the State Supreme Court. Now, however, Dougherty is under fire because of a physical altercation between himself and another man. According to both versions of the story, the incident began when Dougherty saw a union sticker on the man’s truck and asked him to remove it. What a petty reason to risk one’s reputation. It’s not just Dougherty, though, who has been hurt by this story. As the prominent face of organized labor in the Keystone State, his actions have painted unions in a bad light. With one act, Dougherty hurt the cause he’s fought for his entire life.
Seth Williams. Speaking of the Dougherty case, special mention must be made of the Ray Guy of Pennsylvania. It’s becoming difficult to find an issue the Philly DA doesn’t want to punt on, whether it be the emails of Frank Fina or the conduct of John Dougherty (the former got him included in a fantastic Esquire piece from David Gambacorta).Williams has already been roundly criticized for passing the buck with this case but it’s quite astounding to consider all of his self-inflicted wounds.
Joe Sestak. When we covered last week’s debate, we considered it a draw though it was definitely a Sestak crowd as he won the post-debate straw poll. The Congressman then embarked on another of his customary statewide road-trips, this one on foreign policy. The real victory, though, was the results of the latest Franklin & Marshall poll. While the race is still very much up for grabs, Sestak now holds his largest lead of the race. For now at least, that famous determination looks to be paying off.
Bill Shuster. Oh, how Congressman Shuster hates Politico. The D.C. outlet has been reporting on the Transportation Committee Chair’s relationship with an airline lobbyist over a year now. This week, their piece about Shuster’s efforts to change the air traffic control division was chock full of anecdotes that primary opponent Art Halvorson is using to his advantage. April 26th can’t come soon enough for Rep. Shuster.
Tom Wolf. Of course, this was anything but a good week for the Governor. Nonetheless, we wanted to take his opportunity to wish him the best in his battle against prostate cancer. It was also great to see officials from all stripes come out and publicly do the same. Good luck, Governor.
The tweet of the week goes to the Huffington Post’s Matt Fuller for this golden joke in the midst of the chaos of the Nevada Caucus. The Answer would proud:
We talkin' 'bout a caucus. We talkin' 'bout a caucus, man. Not a primary, not a primary, not a primary. We talkin' 'bout a caucus.
— Matt Fuller (@MEPFuller) February 24, 2016