6/24 Ups & Downs
Convictions, polls and a lei. See who made this week’s list!
Chaka Fattah. This week Congressman Chaka Fattah was finally forced to face the music. On Tuesday, he was convicted on all 29 counts. Wednesday, he floated a trial balloon to try and stay for a few more months. Instead, he was pushed to resign immediately on Thursday. Fattah’s epic fall from grace is now nearly complete as he awaits his sentencing hearing on October 4th.
Donald Trump. According to the new Quinnipiac Poll, Hillary Clinton is leading in Pennsylvania, but only by a single point. Two days later, Sabato moved PA from “Likely Democratic” to “Lean Democratic”, making it the only state that is trending towards the presumptive Republican nominee. All the while, we’re left to wonder why Hillary Clinton isn’t treating PA as a swing state. To top it all off, it appears Bernie Sanders supporters are preparing to be jailed in Philly during the DNC. The Democrats can’t afford to look divided next month.
Katie McGinty. This week’s Quinnipiac Poll contained some terrible news for the Senate Democratic nominee. McGinty trailed incumbent Pat Toomey by nine points, 49% to 40%. That’s a significant setback compared to last month when Toomey’s lead was just one. Additionally, it was revealed that the Koch Brothers’ group Americans for Prosperity is already on the ground doing fieldwork according to the Washington Post. She doesn’t have to panic yet but can’t afford to fall much farther behind.
Barack Obama. The President’s approval rating in Pennsylvania was sagging for much of his second term. As the 2016 election nears, though, his numbers have been steadily improving. The latest Quinnipiac Poll showed that Pres. Obama approval is at last above water at 51%. There is now a good chance that the President will be campaigning in the Keystone State this year for Hillary Clinton and even the down-ballot candidates. Few Chief Executives have been fortunate enough to be able to advocate for their chosen successor.
Eric Papenfuse. We’ve decided to give the Harrisburg Mayor a down arrow every week until he lifts his ridiculous ban of PennLive. On Monday, the Mayor continued to embarrass himself by only answering PennLive’s questions when other reporters asked them. Finally, just as an aside, the next time you want to taken a stand for seriousness in public discourse maybe take off the lei and put down the water ice.
The tweet of the week goes to Congressman Mike Doyle for being in a historic photo.
Fed-up Dems just occupied House Floor – won’t move until we get a vote on No-Fly, No-Buy. pic.twitter.com/cIrWgrMnC0
— Mike Doyle (@USRepMikeDoyle) June 22, 2016