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6/8 Ups & Downs

Philadelphia Mayor Jim Kenney is riding high this week, while Lou Barletta missteps on the Trump-Eagles fight. Plus, a Pennsylvania columnist comes out on top. See who made this week’s Ups & Downs!


Lou Barletta earns a Down arrow this week for picking the wrong side in the Eagles-Trump disagreement. While his opponent, Sen. Bob Casey, offered the reigning Super Bowl champs a chance to tour the Capitol, Barletta attended President Trump’s ceremony to represent “the proud Pennsylvanians who stand for our flag.” It seems he didn’t realize that none of the Eagles kneeled during the anthem last year.




An Up arrow goes to reporter and columnist Salena Zito, who took home a first-place award from the New York State Associated Press for her NY Post column “Trump’s America.”



Scott Wagner had an so-so week. He scored some points for forcing Philadelphia’s hand in keeping the grass mowed at Malcolm X Park, but perhaps he should have delayed his decision to resign his state Senate seat, which he has given up right as we approach this summer’s budget showdown. For all his tough budget talk, he won’t be following through.



Mayor Jim Kenney has earned it this week. Not only did he get a national audience for the tongue-lashing he gave Trump over his treatment of the Eagles, but he scored a second victory when a federal judge ruled the federal government could not withhold grant funding over the city’s sanctuary status for undocumented immigrants. Plus, we will admit he has some great moves.



 PA-1. We knew it would be too much to expect a nice, clean race. But given the timing of new Monmouth data suggesting Congressman Brian Fitzpatrick is popular, but his opponent is polling too close for comfort, it’s disappointing to have allegations about alleged campaign finance rule breaking months after the fact.


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The tweet of the week goes to Kenney Chief of Staff Chief Jane Slusser for her side-by-side comparison of Trump’s inauguration attendance versus that of the Eagles’ Super Bowl parade.

4 Responses

  1. Scott Wagner got too clever with the plan to leave the State Senate. This is an obvious “insider” strategy as if some advisor thought this genius move up but the reality is Scott Wagner looks like he shirked a duty and, even worse, that he is so rich he does not need a job. It’s really bad optics. The Wagner campaign models very closely every losing Pa Gubernatorial campaign in recent memory. It is tanking.

  2. Barletta didn’t err; the event was properly cancelled after the Iggles reneged.

    The chronology proves a bait/switch between Friday/Monday; the link to the protests was apt.

    Casey may have scored points with fans, but Barletta didn’t lose any; now that The Donald requested that players submit parole/pardon requests, let’s assess response.

    1. I swear someone could state “the sky is blue”, and this Skarloff dude would respond: “Of course it is. The evil communist (fill in fave Dem name) is trying to make TheRump – whom the people overwhelmingly love and look up to – look bad.”

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