Sestak confounds, Fitzpatrick benefits and Kasich falls behind. See who made this week’s list!
Joe Sestak. Guess you should count us among the professional pundits because we can’t quite figure out Joe Sestak either. For example, this week the former Congressman caused a tweetstorm, was the subject of an unflattering Politico piece, and missed out on the SEIU’s endorsement. Additionally, McGinty posted an impressive fundraising quarter and recruited the President to do radio ads while Fetterman won over the college crowd at Saturday’s PSU debate. Yet, Sestak won the praise of the two biggest papers in the state and is still considered the front-runner a week and a half out. We’ll find out on April 26th if he truly can pull off another political miracle.
Brian Fitzpatrick. Sometimes being under-the-radar is where you want to be. That’s certainly the case for Brian Fitzpatrick. The younger brother of retiring Congressman Mike Fitzpatrick, the newcomer was able to raise $450K this quarter despite his campaign’s late January start. At the same time, Democrats Shaughnessy Naughton and Steve Santarsiero are locked in a bitter fight for their party’s nomination. It’s still a long road to go but the first stretch has been kind to the first-timer.
Chaka Fattah. Congressman Fattah just can’t catch a break. After winning some labor endorsements, circumstances were starting to look up. Nevertheless, Dwight Evans continues to prove a prolific fundraiser, bringing in enough cash to run TV ads through election day. Even one of Fattah’s lesser known opponents, Dan Muroff, got a boost when he won the support of Daylin Leach. April 26th is set up to be either the best or worst day of Fattah’s political life and right now it’s leaning towards the latter.
John Rafferty. The State Senator and GOP candidate for Attorney General continued to rack up endorsements this week. Six County Commissioners and 14 District Attorneys publicly declared their support. Furthermore, Rafferty won the endorsement of the Philadelphia Inquirer. At the moment, he is in the pole position in the AG race.
John Kasich. The McKees Rocks native thought that Pennsylvania could be the state to catapult his electoral chances. Instead it may be the place his candidacy runs aground. Three new polls this week showed Trump leading the field and two of them had Kasich behind Cruz in third. Meanwhile, his opponents hit the stump in the Keystone State. To top it off, our readers concluded Trump would emerge victorious. It’s hard to see how a man who can’t win a second state could possibly be the Republican party’s presidential nominee, although this year anything seems possible.
The tweet of the week goes to Dan McLaughlin’s comment on Donald Trump’s puzzling shout-out to Joe Paterno.
Joe Paterno will be one of Trump's Pennsylvania delegates.
— Dan McLaughlin (@baseballcrank) April 14, 2016