Poker, emails and The Donald. See who made this week’s list!
Marc Gergely. The State Representative from Pittsburgh found himself in hot water this week. He was charged with six counts of corruption for allegedly aiding Ronald “Porky” Melocchi’s installation of video poker machines. Rep. Gergely was apparently caught by an FBI sting operation that included a wiretap of a conversation with Melocchi. It’s always particularly upsetting to see cases like this because they erode the public’s trust in government.
Donald Trump. Speaking of what happens when the public no longer trusts government, there’s Donald J. Trump. Earlier this week, the ex-reality TV star scored the endorsements of Montgomery County Commissioner Joe Gale and Congressman Tom Marino. The big surprise, though, was the report from BillyPenn that the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette is seriously considering throwing its support to Trump. At the moment, The Donald is doing well although that’s terrible news for Pennsylvania’s junior Senator.
Patrick Reese. No one got worse news this week, however, than Patrick Reese. A close confidant to Attorney General Kathleen Kane (he was even her driver), Reese was sentenced to three to six months in jail for doing Kane’s bidding. The AG wanted her aide to read emails that were supposed to be under a protective order. The price of loyalty turned out to be too high in this case.
Steve Santarsiero. The State Rep. and Congressional candidate scored his biggest endorsement so far on Tuesday when Governor Wolf announced his support. While you would think an FEC complaint two days later would negatively impact Santarsiero, the PA GOP’s move only highlighted the Democrat’s attack against his main rival, Brian Fitzpatrick. While the candidate is selling himself on experience and vision, any attention he can draw from his potential opponents would be more than welcome.
Dwight Evans. Another public official looking to make the jump from Harrisburg to Washington, Evans’ campaign to unseat embattled incumbent Chaka Fattah got a big boost on Monday. The Philadelphia Fraternal Order of Police endorsed Evans, giving the State Rep. a grand Leap Day present. In fact, at this point, it would be fair to call Evans the front-runner in the four-way PA-2 Democratic primary.
The tweet of the week goes to Jonathan Tamari for finding the flaw in Mitt Romney’s “Time for Choosing” redux.
Because when you need to counter the populist outrage over economic struggles and the political elite, you call Mitt Romney
— Jonathan Tamari (@JonathanTamari) March 3, 2016