7/8 Ups & Downs

A libertarian, an inspector general and a quite unusual meeting. See who made this week’s list!

Up ArrowDown ArrowPat 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.

Up ArrowBruce 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.

Down ArrowBruce 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.


Up ArrowGary 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.


Down ArrowEric 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.

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  2. At least Castor is not headed to Federal Prison like Seth Williams is. Wonder if the Feds will indict Set’s buddies – Scott DiClaudio (who Seth just helped become a Judge) and Bob Levant (Fina’s lawyer and the husband of Seth’s new Chief of Staff).

  3. I feel like the other shoe will soon drop on Williams. He must know how dumb it was to live all high on the hog as a supposed public servant. He didn’t really believe he could get that big suburban house for his kids and not owe anyone. He is not so dumb as to think he could spend campaign money on his gym membership. He musta known it would come out that he was violating his own policies by dating the ADA who used to bang the drug dealer.

    He was stupid to think that people would not figure out the relationship between his new Chief of Staff and Bob Levant – Fina’s lawyer and Fina’s cooperator’s lawyer.

    He better get fitted for his orange jump-suit.

  4. correct mike. seth williams has not been “cleared.” the only question is when he will be indicted.

  5. Who was cleared, Bungy? Not Seth Williams. He is going to prison. If you are referring to him, please provide links to the articles you call people “morons” for not reading. Thank you.

  6. Don’t forget the tire-slashing incident. Someone may want to check into where that actually happened. Seth’s security detail should know. They are dropping like flies, BTW. Wonder why..lol. Seth recently promoted Fraude Thomas (another buddy of finas). He getting paid wy philly tax dollars too. Someone should check where he be living. It ain’t Philly.

  7. No. Not yet, Aaron. The Feds are taking their time. They don’t want to rush into this, after all – it is not everyday that a D.A. Of a major US City gets sent to federal prison.

    Gotta wonder what Williams is thinking right now. He still employs Marc Costanzo and still pays him with taxpayers’ money. His new Chief of Staff is the wife of Bob Levant.

    Levant represented Tyron Ali – the “cooperator” in the infamous embarrassment of a case know as the “sting case.” Frank Fina was the prosecutor. Fina let Ali keep over $400K of taxpayer money. And then he dropped all the charges against Ali.

    And now Levant represents Fina in his money-driven lawsuit against the State – where he is looking for more taxpayer money.

    Levant is also rumored to have represented Seth Williams himself when the FBI came knocking.

    Levant’s wife makes six figures a year. Yep – taxpayer money. And she just walked off the street into that job. She has no qualifications – unless you count her representation of drug dealers and murderers.

    When reporters were asking questions about why Johnny Doc wasn’t getting arrested, Levant’s wife hung up on them. Why is that??

    Something is rotten at the D.A.’s Office.

  8. HaHaHa……aka Brett COTT it’s ironic that you posted the G-Men will be coming for Seth Williams. Is that similar when The Attorney Generals agents came for you when you were arrested and convicted by Frank Fina for stealing money from seniors. How many years were you in jail? Also, did pay any taxes on the money you stole.

  9. Toomey continues to deftly move through this Senate race with great success fundraising. His command of this political contest is obvious and on course for another term in the Senate.

  10. Where’s the down arrow for Seth Williams? The G-Men will be coming for him soon!! And he just got dumped by Fina’s Repervlican buddies in Harrisburg.

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