Basketball, the budget and a resignation. See who made this week’s list!
Michael Eakin. This time it’s a unanimous decision on who had the worst week. Michael Eakin resigned from the State Supreme Court on Tuesday. The ex-Justice has been haunted by his emails ever since Seamus McCaffery called him out back in 2014. The renewed accusations of Kathleen Kane and the efforts of his colleagues to protect him ultimately brought him down. The Justice and his legacy will now be yet another casualty of that sordid saga known as “Porngate.”
John Kasich. It’s been a long campaign for Ohio Governor John Kasich. Shunted to the periphery for much of the past year, Kasich finally scored a big victory in his home state on Tuesday. He followed that up with a well-received visit to Villanova University the next day. On top of all that, he got the endorsement of former Gov. Dick Thornburgh and beat back the ballot challenges that threatened his chances in PA. A few more weeks like this and Kasich could have a really chance in the Keystone State.
Tom Wolf. Once again, Governor Wolf vetoed a GOP budget plan. This time, however, it appears the coalition that held strong over the last nine months is beginning to fray. One Democratic Senator, Andy Dinniman, voted for the GOP bill while another, Lisa Boscola, publicly complained about the budget crisis’ impact on schools. Gov. Wolf might have to consider trying to save face, as a veto override would be a crippling defeat for his Administration.
Ed Rendell. The former Governor is the chair of Katie McGinty’s Senate campaign and should be one of her best assets, instead he’s causing headaches. These problems are mainly due to Rendell’s loquacious nature. After twice commenting on the amount of money McGinty needed to raise, the PA GOP took advantage by filing an FEC complaint. Nonetheless, Rendell just keeps on talking. Whenever a campaign surrogate is overshadowing the candidate, that surrogate is doing their candidate a disservice.
Bob Casey and Ryan Costello. Both PA lawmakers were on the congressional team that defeated the Georgetown faculty squad 41-35 in a game that raised $646,000 for the Washington Legal Clinic for the Homeless. Costello took home “most valuable player” honors.
The tweet of the week goes to the AP’s Mark Scolforo for digging up Justice Eakin’s most disturbing comments.
Ex-justice Eakin explains his sense of humor in Oct 2015 deposition. pic.twitter.com/IQd2D2RbzO
— Mark Scolforo (@houseofbuddy) March 17, 2016
The Facebook post of the week goes to Sam Katz for this Trump-ized Gettysburg Address.