An arrest, a poll and an a-hole. See who made this week’s list!
Brad Koplinski. Yikes. What a fall. Koplinski was a Harrisburg Councilman and candidate for Lieutenant Governor. On Tuesday, he was arrested for stealing press and parking passes to get into the Democratic convention. Apparently, he did the same thing in Cleveland and was selling Trump memorabilia. Our own Jason Addy witnessed Koplinski selling wares in Harrisburg earlier this month. All political careers end but few expire with such a sad whimper.
Katie McGinty. The Democratic Senate nominee came so close to just a down arrow this week. Then, a Suffolk Poll found her with a surprising seven point lead. Her week, however, was defined not by that survey or her convention speech but by her profane comments about Sen. Toomey. That mistake allowed her opponent to take the moral high ground and gave them the opportunity to make a killer ad. It’s never good when the GOP nominee can compare his opponent to Donald Trump instead of the other way around. Finally, McGinty would likely be better served on the campaign trail is she let out more of her personality. After this incident, though, it’s hard to imagine she’ll feel confident doing that.
Christina Hartman. It’s hard running for Congress in Pennsylvania. For years the only seats even close to competitive have been PA-6, PA-7 and PA-8. All of a sudden, though, PA-16 has emerged as a potential opportunity for Democratic nominee Christina Hartman. Over the weekend, the Cook Political Report moved the seat from “Solid Republican” to “Likely Republican”. It’s still a long shot, but Congressman Joe Pitt’s retirement has given the Dems a glimmer of hope in the 16th District for the first time in quite awhile.
Hillary Clinton. By most accounts, the Democratic National Convention was considered a success. Observers believe the party used their top officials effectively and it even did better than the RNC when it came to TV ratings. This arrow, though, is mostly based on this week’s Suffolk Poll. It had Hillary ahead of Donald by nine both in head-to-head contests and including third party challengers. Perhaps it is an outlier, nonetheless it shows that at a point when Trump’s national numbers were improving Clinton still leads in the Keystone State.
Eric Papenfuse. We’ll be giving the Harrisburg Mayor a down arrow every week until he lifts his ridiculous ban of PennLive. This is week seven.
In case you hadn’t noticed, we made the Ups & Downs all Democratic in celebration of the DNC. Tweet of the week goes to Vanity Fair’s Kurt Eichenwald for capturing the unique turmoil in the Democratic Party right now.
Sanders supporter "I cant vote for HRC because of TPP."
Me: "What does TPP stand for?"
"What is TPP?"
— Kurt Eichenwald (@kurteichenwald) July 26, 2016