5/13 Ups & Downs
A new scandal, a new poll and a new legislator. See who made this week’s list!
Larry Farnese. The 1st district curse strikes again. Henry Cianfrani and Vince Fumo, who collectively represented the Philly State Senate seat from 1967 to 2008, both ended up in prison. On Tuesday, Holly Otterbein of Citified revealed that Larry Farnese had been indicted on thirteen counts. Allegedly, the State Senator spent campaign cash to get a committeewoman daughter’s in a study abroad program. In exchange, she supported Farnese’s successful effort to become the leader of the Eighth Ward. So add Larry Farnese to the long list of recent Democratic officials touched by scandal.
Kathleen Kane. Speaking of that list, Attorney General Kathleen Kane reappeared in the headlines this week. First, Brad Bumsted of the Tribune-Review uncovered that Kane had billed Pennsylvanians for $252,000 worth of legal representation for the numerous lawsuits she is fighting. Then, the newest Quinnipiac Poll found that a record high 50% of respondents want the AG to resign. Her approval rating also dropped to an all-time low of 23%. It’s getting tough to tell who’s looking forward to 2017 more, Kane or her constituents.
Barack Obama. Someone who did get good news from the Quinnipiac Poll, though, was the Commander-in-Chief. President Obama’s approval rating jumped five points over a month to 49%. On top of that, 52% approve of Merrick Garland’s Supreme Court nomination and 58% want him to be considered by the Senate. A progressive think tank also found that two-thirds of Pennsylvanians want an up-or-down vote on Garland. It remains to be seen, however, if these numbers will have an effect on Senator Toomey.
Tom Killion. Killion became Pennsylvania’s 50th State Senator on Wednesday. After spending a decade in the State House, Killion finally made it to the upper chamber after winning a special election in the 9th district during last April’s primary. Now he has restored the GOP’s majority to the 31-19 margin it stood at after last year’s SD-37 special election.
Allen West. The former Florida Congressman was a Tea Party star after the 2010 midterms, though his visibility noticeably dimmed after his defeat in 2012. Apparently he has his own website now and chose this week to go after PA’s Physician General Rachel Levine. West’s site tried to use Levine in the debate over the controversial North Carolina bathroom law. Instead, he rallied supporters behind the doctor and his attempt to smear her backfired.
The tweet of the week goes to the Daily News’ Clout Page.
Farnese, Estey, Fattah corruption charges. Like most pols (remember Fumo & Cianfrani?)
If only they'd taken advice. pic.twitter.com/X39RiTDEPg
— Clout Page (@CloutPage) May 11, 2016