Liquor, rent and the White House. See who made this week’s list!
Tom Wolf. This was one of the best weeks of the Governor’s tenure so far. On Tuesday, he announced that the Shell Cracker Plant was coming to Pennsylvania. Wolf was also magnanimous, sharing credit with his predecessors, Tom Corbett, who worked so hard to make the deal happen. Then on Thursday, Wolf signed a historic liquor reform bill into law. Gov. Wolf is now much stronger as he tries to secure a budget agreement this summer and avoid last year’s disaster.
Frank Fina. After years of rivalry and controversy, Frank Fina was suddenly gone. On Tuesday, the Legal Intelligencer discovered that the polarizing prosecutor had resigned at the beginning of the month. It was quite an unsatisfying conclusion after all we’ve learned about his email habits and his mutually destructive conflict with Kathleen Kane.
Hillary Clinton. The former Secretary of State at long last won the Democratic Presidential nomination this week. That wasn’t the only bit of good news Clinton (and her allies) received, however, as ABC News rated PA as “Lean Democratic” and the latest PPP poll shows her tied with Donald Trump in the Keystone State. While a tie is not optimal, these results reflect a divided Democratic Party that has quickly begun uniting behind Clinton over the last few hours. Finally we learned that Clinton, and Trump, will be visiting Pittsburgh soon.
Seth Williams. The Fina news would be embarrassing enough for the Philadelphia District Attorney, given that Williams infamously stood by his employee. Unfortunately for Williams, though, we learned that the DA had allegedly asked a contributor to get his ex-wife a deal on a rented home. Remember it was just last week that Williams showed up to a fundraiser for indicted State Sen. Larry Farnese. Suffice to say, the Philly DA is not on an upward trajectory.
Pat Toomey. Strictly speaking, Senator Toomey has a lot going for him. He leads in the latest poll and is favored by prognosticators. Mitch McConnell’s PAC and Andrea Mitchell also lent a helping hand. Nevertheless, the specter of Donald Trump continues to haunt the Senator. The critical task for him over the next five months will be to keep his re-election campaign about himself and his opponent and not whatever is happening in the presidential contest. Of course, that’s easier said than done.
The tweet of the week goes to this tribute to The Greatest:
— Chin Wang (@ChinWangESPN) June 9, 2016