5/20 Ups & Downs
Female attractiveness, the Supreme Court and a new email scandal. See who made this week’s list!
Ed Rendell. The former Governor has lived and died by his candor for a long time now. This week we saw one of those instances where his comments came back to bite him. In an attempt to explain how Donald Trump’s sexist language would alienate women, Rendell unintentionally created his own controversy. It’s likely we’ll see less of the ex-Gov in the near future at least, which is bound to hurt someone who so enjoys being a TV pundit.
Thomas Hardiman. Even the most dedicated of PA politicos hadn’t heard of him and now it’s possible he could sit on the Supreme Court (or maybe not). On Wednesday, Donald Trump revealed his SCOTUS shortlist which included Judge Hardiman. Hardiman, who serves on the Court of the Appeals for the 3rd Circuit, suddenly found himself in the spotlight. Pennsylvania hasn’t had a Justice on the Supreme Court since Owen Roberts, “the switch in time that saved nine”, retired about a month before V-J Day.
Tom Wolf. Governor Wolf is suddenly finding himself fighting on two fronts. The big battle this week was with the GOP legislature over his veto of a bill that would reform the seniority-based system for firing teachers. Wolf brushed off threats from Republican leadership to withhold additional education funding if their initiative wasn’t accepted. At the same time, though, DEP Secretary John Quigley was criticizing the Governor in emails with environmental groups. Given some of the departures from his Administration plus this conflict, suddenly Wolf’s judgment comes into question.
Tom Ridge. Rendell wasn’t the only former PA Governor to get back into the headlines this week. Tom Ridge wrote an op-ed for U.S. News and World Report, calling Trump a “bully” who he “simply cannot endorse”. Of course, this move won’t have any real effect on The Donald’s chances in the Keystone State. Still, it’s nice to someone stand by what they said in the primaries while so many other Republicans pretend to support someone they don’t believe in for the next six months.
Katie McGinty and Pat Toomey. So far neither candidate in the PA-Sen race has been able to pull ahead, although they also haven’t suffered much. The Democratic nominee got a massive TV commitment from the DSCC although conservatives tried to use her campaign chair Ed Rendell’s comments against her. Sen. Toomey, on the other hand, is getting support from the Koch Brothers and continued to hammer away at sanctuary cities. Nonetheless, he still does not seem to know what to do about Donald Trump and overall this race has been extremely fluid with no one candidate behind able to get a foothold.
The tweet of the week goes to the Washington Post’s Dave Weigel with an assist from Jonathan Tamari of the Inquirer.
Politifact rating: True https://t.co/xhYiBmEOv3
— daveweigel (@daveweigel) May 18, 2016