Polls, promotions and primaries. See who made this week’s list!
Pat Toomey. The state’s junior Senator has been on a bit of a run lately but this week might have been the most important so far in his quest for re-election. By now, it’s become an open secret that national Democrats wanted Josh Shapiro as their 2016 nominee instead of Joe Sestak. Nevertheless, Shapiro decided not to run, leaving the Democratic Party divided over who to rally around. On top of that revelation came the results of the latest PPP poll, which shows Toomey leading Sestak, Pawlowski and even a hypothetical matchup against Ed Rendell. It’s still incredibly early, but Toomey finds himself in a great spot.
Tom Wolf. Speaking of polls, that same PPP survey found the Governor’s approval rating at just 40%. The silver lining is that Wolf’s numbers are still better than many other officials, including President Obama. The dark cloud, however, is that Gov. Wolf’s ratings have fallen so fast before the budget battle has even really started. One thing is crystal clear, though, and that is the honeymoon is over. As a result, this summer will be a critical period for the new Governor.
Nathan Davidson. This week Davidson was named the new Executive Director of the House Democratic Campaign Committee. The HDCC has been left without a leader since last December and is in need of some fresh blood after the GOP swept the 2014 races. A Hershey native, Davidson gets to come back home to the Keystone State to try get House Democrats back on their feet, and maybe someday, back in the majority.
Rick Santorum. Former Pennsylvania Senator Rick Santorum is running for President! Yeah, of course everyone knew he was going to run again. Also, everyone knows it would be just about impossible to do better than he did four years ago. With so many potential opponents and unfortunate past associations already being litigated, we’re left to wonder why Santorum is even running. Terry Madonna has his own novel theory; Santorum is really running for Vice President. The only thing we know for sure is that we don’t know whether the ex-Senator will regret ever getting back into politics when all is said and done.
PA Political Writers. Remember the glorious April of 2008, when the entire political world revolved around Pennsylvania? The long lead-up to the Democratic primary between Barack Obama and Hillary Clinton brought us legendary speeches and unforgettable debates. Nothing in 2012 even came close to that experience. Pennsylvania, though, may yet have another say in a party’s nominating process. Some Republicans want to move the commonwealth’s 2016 primary up to March 15th, where (along with Florida, Illinois and Missouri) PA can be part of a Super Tuesday. Sure party leaders are hesitant about multiple elections, but come on! Iowa and New Hampshire have been hogging all the fun for too long.
Tim Tebow. Finally, this week we learned from that same PPP poll that Tim Tebow is quite politically divisive. It turns out that among Eagles fans, 77% of Republicans approve of the Tebow signing while just 36% of Democrats are in favor. It also turns out that Tebow has one rabid fan base. We’ve never seen such passionate comments before, but we’ve learned our lesson. This is not politics, this is Tebow there are rules. Never again will we criticize the hero with the 47.9% completion percentage.
The tweet of the week goes to the Patriot-News’ John Micek for reminding us that no matter where we can from or what party we belong to, we can all agree that FIFA is horrible.
Corruption? FIFA? Surely there must be some mistake …
— ByJohnLMicek (@ByJohnLMicek) May 27, 2015