5/12 Ups & Downs

Casey gets positive press coverage, DeWeese gets out of restitution payments, Santarsiero gets a new job, Robert Costa becomes the host of Washington Week, and Williams and Stack’s troubles continue to mount.  See who made this week’s Ups & Downs!




Bob Casey.  Senator Bob Casey gained a lot of national press coverage for his statement on the firing of FBI Director James Comey.  Gaining national attention ahead of what is expected to be an highly contested campaign can help deter some challengers and grow his donor network.  



Down Arrow


Seth Williams.  Philadelphia District Attorney Seth Williams continues to spiral.  His indictment was expanded to now include using campaign funds for massages, fancy dinners, and other personal expenses.  





Bill DeWeese.  The former House Speaker Bill DeWeese had his $116,668 in restitution overturned by the Superior Court this week.  The court made clear though that the ruling did not affect his conviction on corruption charges



Down Arrow


Mike Stack.  Lt. Governor Mike Stack’s troubles continue to mount.  As The Caucus reported, Stack spent over $73,000 in a two-year period, including over $15,000 on Amazon orders and $18,000 for travel expenses.  The report will add fuel to speculation that Stack will not be on the ballot with Governor Wolf next year.  





Steve Santarsiero.  Former state Rep. and Congressional candidate Steve Santarsiero joined the Attorney General’s office as the Chief Deputy Attorney General of the Environmental Protection Section.  The new job will bring him back to his roots as an environmental lawyer.  





Neil Makhija.  Carbon county attorney Neil Makhija, who was pushed out of the Trump rally in Harrisburg has decided to make the best of the situation.  He invited the ‘bikers for Trump’ to meet him for a beer in Carbon county, drawing members from the group from as far away as Florida.   





Robert Costa.  Robert Costa, a former PoliticsPA writer, was named to host Washington Week.  Costa will continue his work at the Washington Post, NBC News, and MSNBC.  



Down Arrow


Washington Capitals.  While it breaks my heart to write this, the Capitals were eliminated in seven games.  They showed heart to force game seven, but did not play well enough to advance.  


Bonus Up/Down: Every week, PoliticsPA will be including a bonus up or down, that is exclusive to Playbook email subscribers.  To sign up to see the bonus arrow click here.

The tweet of the week goes to former PoliticsPA intern Doug Dooling for his insight into the Allentown Mayoral race:

8 Responses

  1. So what happened to Santaserio’s much vaunted 9/11 induce epiphany to give up the law and give back by becoming a teacher.

  2. Neil Makhija is a smart guy. He ran a respectable campaign in a tough district for D’s and faced blatant xenophobia and dog whistling with dignity and grace. It is a shame anyone felt the need to engage in that kind of behavior in 2016, and, considering how lopsided the district is, it’s not even like this was some kind of Atwater-esque strategic move, rather it was just plain moral rot.

    Makhija has a good message here and I hope this is not the last we see of him in PA politics.

  3. Good news for Santasiero. Could be next AG after Shapiro runs for Governor

  4. Seth: Will Seth be getting massages in prison?

    Stack defense: It was the Crazy Wife, not me. Probably true.

  5. Sue Ellen: That’s one of the zaniest things I’ve ever seen. You cannot possibly compare the ED of the PA Dems to the Lt. Gov. who answers directly to taxpayers. The Dem Party gets contributions, including those from Gov. Wolf, for expenses. Stack answers to us. That faulty logic gets us nowhere.

  6. Speaking of Stack, how much did the Executive Director of the State Party spend on personal items using the Party’s credit card? Didn’t the Governor move the ED from his office to the State Party to open his path to reelection? Shouldn’t the Governor be held accountable for her spending? When will there be an audit of expenditures for the State Party?

  7. Santarsiero did not “got back to his roots”. He worked at a fancy wall street law firm and has never been a prosecutor in his life. He has never worked on environmental law issues in his life. This new job is not in any way “getting back to his roots”. Good lord, what a joke.

Comments are closed.

  • Do You Agree With the Supreme Court Decision to Overturn Roe v. Wade?

    • No. (50%)
    • Yes. (47%)
    • Not Sure (3%)

    Total Voters: 109

    Loading ... Loading ...
Continue to Browser


To install tap and choose
Add to Home Screen