3/11 Ups & Downs

Polls, ads and phone calls. See who made this week’s list!

Up ArrowPat Toomey. Thanks to the latest Harper Polling survey, Sen. Toomey maintains a lead over all three of his potential Democratic opponents. Furthermore, the Senator secured the endorsements of the both the Philadelphia Firefighters and the PA State Troopers Association. He’ll still have to worry about the implications a Trump nomination could have for his re-election, but as for this week everything is coming up roses.

 

Down ArrowKatie McGinty. On the eve of the Democratic state committee, questions were raised about how well the party’s chosen Senate candidate is doing. Particularly harmful were the comments from McGinty campaign chair and ex-Governor Ed Rendell that she needs to spend about $4 million dollars in television advertising to win the Democratic primary. To tamp down fears, the campaign released their first TV ad and EMILY’s List revealed they’ll be hitting the airwaves. Nevertheless, their tough streak continued when a Sestak Super PAC emerged right after the Harper Poll showed his lead over McGinty growing. There’s still time left, but win or lose the McGinty team won’t look back at this week fondly.

Up Arrow1Bill Shuster. After a tough February, Congressman Bill Shuster needed some good news. Luckily for him, he got it. One of the (now former) top aides to his primary challenger Art Halvorson was found to have forged petition signatures and the Congressman’s team made sure the news spread. Additionally, Shuster won our own PA-9 reader poll. Prepare for this contentious primary to get even more heated in the weeks ahead.

 

Down ArrowBrian Fitzpatrick. The PA-8 Republican candidate’s biggest strength is that he’s the younger brother of the widely popular incumbent Congressman Mike Fitzpatrick. Therefore, anything that makes it look like he is coasting on his family’s name would be damaging. So when it emerged that Rep. Fitzpatrick was making calls for his brother while Brian was still an FBI agent, it was wasn’t just the possible violation of the Hatch Act that was the problem. There’s a real danger that Brian will fail to distinguish himself enough from his brother. In fact, the special guest for his official campaign kick-off is none other than Mike Fitzpatrick. The days of a familiar name securing an election may or may not be over, but either way Brian Fitzpatrick should be campaigning as if they are.  

Up Arrow1Hillary Clinton. Sure Michigan might have let the former Secretary of State down, but it looks like the Keystone State is standing by her. The latest Harper Poll has Clinton with a forty point lead over Bernie Sanders in the Democratic primary. Not only that, she also leads all three potential GOP challengers (Donald Trump, Ted Cruz and Marco Rubio) in head-to-head matchups. Clinton will need her father’s birth state, and it’s twenty electoral votes, if she’s going to be the 45th President of the United States.

 

The tweet of the week goes to ABC27’s Eric Heisler for this instant-classic video of State Sen. Scott Wagner.

12 Responses

  1. Marie – Williams is in a whole lot of trouble. Wouldn’t be surprised to see the G-Men lead him away in hand-cuffs. Pat posted this earlier:

    What I don’t get is why Seth Williams walked into this circular firing squad. Is it because he knew he was on the ropes as the Feds investigated him criminally?

    Is it because he has always been a Repervlican at heart?

    Is it because his ambition got the best of him and he thought Fina & The Corbett Pervs could help him become AG … or Governor?

    It doesn’t matter now. The guy’s career is toast. It’s not just that he is friendless. It’s also the fact that he is a flaming asshole with no morals, loyalty, or ethics.

  2. Fitzpatrick gets a down arrow, and rightfully so! Just another dynasty, it’s sickening. Mike is attending his brother’s fundraiser, and is even sending his staff members to escort Brian to interviews. Despite the news of Hatch Act violations, I keep hearing people, including members of the media defend him. This is crazy! Stop drinking the kool-aid!

  3. Looks like McGinty was involved in 8 “jobs” over a period of 12 years if I am counting correctly. Her longest tenure seems to be 5 years? Does she know U.S. Senate is a 6 year commitment? She could try Congress which only requires 2 years of her time, then she could go back to corporate work– or sign up again for 2 years in Congress. Of course, she’d have to win the Congressional seat.

  4. Toomey needs to worry regardless of who republican nominee is. On Trump= I don’t like him nor will I vote for him but he has a right to his opinion. for too long the left wing extremists have tried to cow our nation into silence. When it comes to inflammatory rhetoric -trump finishes a distant second to the great divider – Obama the great? trumps crowds are sometimes revolting to view but so are the thugs who succeeded in shutting down his rally in Chicago. ALL LIVES MATTER- Private citizens of all races and religions—and those of the police. If you have a problem with that get on a plane and relocate elsewhere- Left wing extremes are no better or worse than those of the right!

  5. Congressman Shuster probably does deserve an Up arrow, but your unscientific reader poll has nothing to do with it.

  6. Where is the down arrow for Kathleen Kane? Gansler came out and said no criminal charges would come to anyone related to the email scandal, The feds have audio that will help put her in jail. Plus it was established that some posters on here ere arrested and sent to prison by Fina, who is her mortal enemy. Wow what a week!

  7. Where’s the UP ARROW for Johnny Doc?

    He has so far escaped handcuffs by giving money to the elected D.A. – Seth Williams.

    Speaking of Seth Williams, when is someone going to force him to answer questions about how he is spending the taxpayers’ money?

    Here’s Seth Williams’ Chief of Staff, Kathy Martin, defending Frank Fina and his racist, pervert buddies:

    “Keeping them here [at the Philadelphia D.A.’s Office] working exhibits our faith in them that they’re smart, capable, hard-working, dedicated civil servants,” Martin said.

    But their attitudes towards minorities, women and homosexuals is very disturbing, though. The fact that they shared the material with Judges they appeared in front of is even more disturbing. They created a group of people who all had the goods on each other. People that shared the same racist, woman-hating attitudes. And, once you were part of that group, the other members had a hammer they could hold over you.

    We know that Frank Fina was one of the prosecutors in this group. He prosecuted people for mis-using their State computers. And then he used his State computer on this:https://www.flickr.com/photos/…. That is but one example. There are many others.

    When AG Kane won, but before she took office, Fina finalized his “unjust” plea deal with Tyron Ali. Bruce Beemer called it “unjust.” Fina dropped all of the over 2,000 criminal charges that were pending against Ali. Fina also let Ali keep the $430K he stole from a non-profit set up to help children.

    Con-man Ali’s lawyer is Bob Levant. Fina negotiated that sweet deal, in the 11th hour (right before Kane was set to take over) with Levant.

    And now Fina is suing the AG’s Office for money. And guess who one of his lawyers is? Yep — Bob Levant.

    Rumor has it that Bob Levant has also helped Seth Williams with the FBI’s criminal investigation into Williams.

    A ways back, Seth Williams hired Frank Fina. Whether he knew of Fina’s “issues” when he hired him we may never know. But Williams certainly knows now. The Superior Court just called Fina’s conduct in the Penn State case “highly improper.”

    “Chief of Staff” is a high paying job. Seth Williams hired Kathy Martin off the street into that job. She has zero general counsel experience and hardly any prosecutorial experience.

    But – she is Bob Levant’s wife. Now – Seth Williams’ “Chief of Staff” is in the Press, speaking on behalf of the Philadelphia DA’s Office, defending and praising her husband’s racist client – Frank Fina.

    Huge coincidence, huh?? I think not. It’s no wonder that Williams refuses to fire Fina. They are in bed together. Levant and Martin are on that stinky mattress too.

    Is it OK that Kathy Martin, a high-paid City employee, has a financial interest in smearing the AG and propping up her husband’s client, Frank Fina?

    Something is rotten at the DA’s Office.

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