5/30 Ups & Downs
National news was made, party nominations were switched and a computer was confiscated. See who all made the list.
Charlie Dent. The Republican representative from PA-15 had quite the eventful week. First, he was recognized as a “Fiscal Hero” by the organization Fix the Debt. Rep. Dent received the honor due to his attempts at comprehensive debt and tax reform efforts. Then, on Wednesday, the Congressman made national headlines when he became the first major PA Republican to support Judge Jones’ decision on same-sex marriage. Since the government shutdown, Rep. Dent has seemingly sought the mantle of leader of the center-right Republicans and in the past few days he took some major steps towards that.
Mike Fleck. The bad news, Mike Fleck did indeed lose the GOP nomination for his State House seat in the 81st district. The good news, though, is that he won the Democratic nomination for the seat. State Rep. Fleck is now suddenly back in the general election race although he faces a tough challenge from Rich Irvin.
Tim Murphy. The western PA Congressman and child psychologist has emerged as a national leader on mental health issues. In the wake of the tragic shooting spree in California, mental health advocates have roundly called on Congress to pass Murphy’s Helping Families In Mental Health Crisis Act. It builds on the wide support Murphy’s bill already enjoys in the professional community.
and Stephanie Singer. Gordon, a deputy city commissioner, had her computer seized by the City Commission according to Chris Brennan of the Philadelphia Daily News. Apparently, the request came from the Philadelphia Board of Ethics. This is not the first time Gordon has gotten in trouble with the Board of Ethics either. In 2012, she was fined $675 after admitting to posting political messages on Facebook on her City Hall computer. We also decided to include City Commissioner Stephanie Singer in this arrow since she is ultimately responsible for her deputies.*
Manan Trivedi and Kevin Strouse. The up arrow is for having the support of the Democratic establishment and the down arrow is for having the support of the Democratic establishment. Today the Democratic nominees in PA-6 and PA-8 received the news that they (maybe) can expect $1.9 million in DCCC ad spending come this fall. Yet that also means their GOP opposition will further seek to connect them to Democratic leadership in Washington. Just a few days ago, for example, the NRCC dared both candidates to pledge not to support Nancy Pelosi for House leader or accept any money from her.
Tweet of the week goes to State Sen. Daylin Leach, act now it could be a limited time offer.
Just started writing my autobiography. For $50 I'll say you were my inspiration. For $100 i won't mention you at all.
— Daylin Leach (@daylinleach) May 27, 2014
*Based on Commissioner Singer’s response below, we removed her down arrow:
The ultimate responsibility for any Deputy Commissioner is with the three Commissioners as a whole. The current rules of the City Commissioners do not give a single Commissioner any power to discipline, hire or fire a Deputy, even a Deputy that Commissioner supervises. Hiring and firing of all deputies must be done by a majority vote of the Commissioners at a public meeting. Other personnel actions (such as suspensions) have been delegated to Don Garecht, Chief Deputy Commissioner to the Republican City Commissioner.