A libertarian, an inspector general and a quite unusual meeting. See who made this week’s list!
Pat Toomey. It was a busy week for Pennsylvania’s junior Senator. In his political battle with Katie McGinty, he continued to hit her over police gear and Philadelphia’s sanctuary city status. Concerning the latter issue, his Democratic opponent even made an effort to persuade Mayor Kenney to change the policy. Toomey also announced a $3.1 million quarterly haul. On the other hand, his sanctuary city bill failed in the Senate. Furthermore, Donald Trump once again intruded into the PA-Sen race after visiting Capitol Hill. Sen. Toomey attended the contentious meeting, but there’s been no indications he actually spoke to the GOP presidential nominee. Ultimately, despite all the efforts of the Toomey team, it’ll be impossible to stay on message in a year like this.
Bruce Beemer. On Tuesday, Gov. Wolf announced that the First Deputy Attorney General would be named to the vacant Inspector General position. Beemer finally gets to leave the AG’s office, where he had a number of run-ins with Kathleen Kane. For instance, Kane took away his control of personnel decisions and gave it to her controversial Chief of Staff Jonathan Duecker. Later, Beemer would rally the staff against the AG after she leaked another judge’s emails. Nevertheless, the conflict hasn’t hurt Beemer in Governor Wolf’s eyes, in fact it may have even enhanced his reputation.
Bruce Castor. Speaking of the Attorney General, we’ve waited quite awhile to see the report on those lewd emails that she tasked Doug Gansler with. Last May, Gansler was ready to unveil his findings until Solicitor General Bruce Castor asserted that the report was unclear and thus not ready. He then promised it would be ready in a week. It’s been over a month. Castor now says he’ll authorize the release by the end of the summer. If he doesn’t this sordid episode is likely to only get uglier.
Gary Johnson. The Libertarian Party nominee got a boost this week thanks to a District Court ruling. Instead of 21,000 signatures, third party candidates now only need 5,000 in order to make PA’s November ballot. Johnson is best positioned to take advantage of this as a recent poll shows him garnering 9% and FiveThirtyEight projects that if the election were held today the former New Mexico Governor would receive the support of 10% of Pennsylvanians.
Eric Papenfuse. We’ll be giving the Harrisburg Mayor a down arrow every week until he lifts his ridiculous ban of PennLive. We’re now up to week four.
The tweet of the week goes to Late Night’s Seth Meyers for this apt description of the 2016 presidential contest.
Extremely Careless vs. Supremely Reckless!
— Seth Meyers (@sethmeyers) July 5, 2016