4/22 Ups & Downs
Polls, emails and a guilty plea. See who made this week’s list!
Donald Trump. The Donald definitely has the momentum. The latest Muhlenberg College and Monmouth University polls show Trump with solid leads. A group of delegates has finally started to take shape and those unbound officials could ultimately prove the difference in Cleveland. To top it all off, State Rep. Mike Vereb became the first Harrisburg official to endorse his campaign.
Joe Sestak. Just when it seemed like Sestak had a handle on the Senate Democratic primary, Katie McGinty is on his heels. Additionally, she outraised him in the last quarter. Sestak couldn’t even keep the other Joe (Vodvarka) off the ballot, which could make the difference in a race so close.
Bill Shuster. Given how personal this contest has gotten, it might be difficult to imagine positive news for the Congressman. Nonetheless, Shuster picked up some key support in the form of the NRA. He also crushed Halvorson in the money race. The one drawback is that he’ll have no excuses if the votes don’t go his way on April 26th.
Kathleen Kane. Just when you thought she was out, Kathleen Kane gets pulled back into another controversy. Yesterday, it was revealed that the Attorney General used a private email account to conduct government business. Expect this to be added to the never-ending list of Kane scandals.
Ed Pawlowski. Speaking of long-running scandals, Allentown Mayor Ed Pawlowski is also back in the news. Pawlowski’s former dear friend and closest political advisor Mike Fleck plead guilty to one count of conspiracy to commit extortion and bribery offenses and one count of tax evasion. Fleck could face up to ten years in prison, unless of course he helps the government nab someone bigger. It’s not hard to guess who that could be.
The tweet of the week goes to BillyPenn’s Ana Orso for capturing the phenomenon of covering Donald Trump:
Cop pushes us out of the way as they separate opposing groups. "We're trying to keep them from killing each other"
— Anna Orso (@anna_orso) April 22, 2016