Polls, raids and a trial. See who made this week’s list!
Kathleen Kane. The Attorney General’s trial began this week and the damaging revelations haven’t stopped since. On Wednesday, ex-First Deputy Bruce Beemer expressed his concerns about Kane and Adrian King accused the AG of trying to frame him for the grand jury leak. The next day, King’s fears were confirmed when Josh Morrow revealed that he and Kane had planned to blame King for the leak. Morrow went on to provide testimony and text messages that were devastating to Kane’s case. Now more than ever, it appears the Attorney General’s journey will have a tragic ending.
Hillary Clinton. The polls really couldn’t have been much better for the Democratic presidential nominee this week. Susquehanna, Quinnipiac and the NBC/WSJ/Marist surveys all had Clinton with a double-digit lead over Trump in the Keystone State. These results led Nate Silver to put PA back into her firewall. Clinton also got some help from Tom Ridge, who was among 50 Republican national security officials to sign a letter denouncing Trump.
John Dougherty. Johnny Doc got a rude awakening, literally, on Friday morning when the FBI and the IRS arrived to search his home. By the time the dust had cleared, the feds had searched Dougherty’s home, his sister’s home, his bar, IBEW 98 headquarters, IBEW President Brian Burrows’s home and Philly Councilman/IBEW employee Bobby Henon’s office. On top of all that, it was also revealed that the investigation into an altercation involving Dougherty had expanded into a larger state inquiry into allegations of intimidation by labor officials. It’s fair to say this is Dougherty’s toughest challenge yet.
Katie McGinty. Right now, good news for Hillary Clinton is good news for Katie McGinty too. The same three polls that showed the former Secretary of State in the lead also had the Democratic Senate nominee ahead by two, four and three points. Meanwhile, her opponent is struggling to deal with the guy at the top of his party’s ticket.
Charles Zogby. The former Budget and Education Secretary was charged with simple assault and harassment after a domestic incident last weekend. Over the past three years, the police have made several different visits to Zogby’s home because of domestic disputes. His preliminary hearing is set for August 29th.
Eric Papenfuse. We’ll be giving the Harrisburg Mayor a down arrow every week until he lifts his ridiculous ban of PennLive. This is now week nine.
The tweet of the week goes to the Daily News’ Will Bunch for capturing our unique times.
Between Michael Phelps and Trump Tower, this has been the biggest week for suction cups in the history of humankind
— Will Bunch (@Will_Bunch) August 10, 2016