Cash, a gaffe and a new inmate. See who made this week’s list!
Chaka Fattah Jr. The long, sad saga of this young man finally ended this week. Fattah Jr., whose father is in his own legal trouble, was sentenced to five years in prison on Tuesday. This was the culmination of a strange journey, which saw Fattah act as his own lawyer for a trial that lead a jury to find him guilty of 22 counts of fraud. A sorry beginning to what will likely be the worst year ever for the Fattah family.
Pat Toomey. Despite the fact that Democrats are determined to unseat him in November (or perhaps because of it), Pat Toomey has performed phenomenally well in the race for cash. Pennsylvania’s junior Senator brought in $1.9 million in the fourth quarter of 2015, giving him a $9.6 million war chest to start off the year. Furthermore, he earned national attention for his endorsement of fellow Sen. Marco Rubio’s presidential campaign. Finally, he proved an effective surrogate for Rubio…unlike our next honoree.
Rick Santorum. The last few days have been a nightmare for the PA Senator. First, his dreams of a repeat of 2012 were expectedly shattered on Monday night when he finished 11th in the Iowa Caucus. As a result, Santorum decided to drop out on Wednesday and endorse Rubio. Afterward, however, he ran into trouble after he couldn’t name one of the Florida Senator’s accomplishments during an interview on Morning Joe. Nothing seemed to go his way this week.
Pat Meehan. The three SEPA congressional seats; PA-6, PA-7, and PA-8 have been among the most competitive in the U.S. for quite some time now. Democrats fear, though, that the 7th Congressional District may be trending away from them. One of the major reasons this shift has occurred is Rep. Patrick Meehan’s strength as a fundraiser. At the end of 2015 he was sitting on over $2.2 million cash on hand, the most of any congressional candidate in the commonwealth. The more money Meehan is able to raise, the closer he’ll come to sliding this seat solidly into the red column.
Scott Petri. This was supposed to be the year State Rep. Scott Petri made the jump from Harrisburg to Washington. He was running a strong campaign, as evidenced by several endorsements, prodigious fundraising and the beginnings of support from the NRCC. Then Brian Fitzpatrick swooped in from California and it all washed away like a sand castle on the beach. Petri was forced to drop out and the retiring incumbent’s younger brother is now positioned to take the GOP nomination.
The tweet of the week goes to election wizard Nate Silver and it’s one worth remembering as we move closer to April 26th:
Kidding aside, and looking WAY ahead, Pennsylvania on 4/26 might wind up being a pretty important state for Rubio. https://t.co/HpDq52jt7b
— Nate Silver (@NateSilver538) February 4, 2016