Costello quits the PA-6 primary in spectacular fashion, Casey and Wolf gets good news from F&M poll, and Allentown can’t quite move forward from Pawlowski smoothly. See who made this week’s Ups & Downs!
Ryan Costello. We have exclusive footage of Congressman Ryan Costello delivering the news that he wouldn’t seek a third term. In perhaps the least artful congressional retirement of the cycle, Costello couldn’t help but take a few more shots at the state Supreme Court, making him appear less like a Congressman and more like an angry child.
Bob Casey. The latest F&M poll brought good news for Senator Bob Casey, showing him leading Congressman Lou Barletta by 18 points, and a 29 point edge in favorability rating compared to Barletta.
Tom Wolf. Governor Tom Wolf is leading all three Republican challengers in the latest F&M poll, and is the first Governor since 2009 to have more people say the state is headed in the right direction than
Women for Congress. Pennsylvania has more women running for Congress than any time in years. But this week the number shrank by two. Christina Hartman and Beth Tarasi proved talented campaigners and six months ago would have been considered Dem primary frontrunners. In a blue wave, they might have been the crest. But the Court’s redistricting decisions put both of them in nearly impossible positions both withdrew this week.
Background Checks. The latest F&M poll showed that 86% of voters strongly support enhancing the state’s background check system.
Allentown. Allentown selected former council President Ray O’Connell to take over as Mayor following former Mayor Ed Pawlowski’s resignation after being convicted on federal corruption charges. Allentown could not avoid probably issues in its selection of a new Mayor though. According to the city Solicitor Dan McCarthy O’Connell could not become Mayor because of a provision in the city charter prohibiting council members from taking paid positions with the city within one year of leaving office.
Goats. The city of Pittsburgh signed a herd of 10 goats to a five year contract to help clear overgrown vegetation in the city.
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The tweet of the week goes to Pa. Dems Communications advisor Max Steele for his description of state Rep. Jim Christiana talking to students.