8/15 Ups & Downs

Wolf gets an unexpected endorsement, Corbett’s education adviser steps down and Philly attempts to win the 2016 Democratic National Convention. See who made this week’s list.

Up Arrow1Tom Wolf. The Democratic nominee picked up an unexpected victory this week when he won the endorsement of the Fraternal Order of Police. The organization previously backed Governor Corbett during his successful 2010 run and their largest chapter chose Rob McCord during the Democratic primary. Suffice it to say, their endorsement was not a given for Wolf and was quite the score for the gubernatorial front-runner.

Down ArrowTom Corbett, Carolyn Dumaresq and Ron Tomalis. Where do we even begin? This week, the Governor’s special adviser on higher education and former Education Secretary Ron Tomalis, resigned. The drama started when the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette found that Tomalis was completing little to no work while serving in this position. Acting Education Secretary Dumaresq made the issue worse when she gave an interview and mentioned Tomalis’ lack of an email record could be explained because they “delete and cleanse” their inbox every night. The fall run-up to the election is just weeks away and this is not the type of news Gov. Corbett needs right now.

Up Arrow1Chuck McIlhinney. It’s not often that campaigns get good news from two separate polls in one week, especially in a State Senate race. Yet that was the fortunate situation State Senator Chuck McIlhinney found himself in this week. The Republican from Pennsylvania’s 10th district is going against Democratic nominee Steve Cickay who had been dealing with efforts from party leaders to get him to drop out of the race.

Up Arrow1Philadelphia’s DNC bid. Well, this was the big week for Philly’s attempt to win the 2016 Democratic National Convention. Amid reports that the City of Brotherly Love is the front-runner to win the bidding, DNC officials were given an extensive tour on Wednesday and Thursday. Mayor Michael Nutter, former Gov. Ed Rendell and Rep. Bob Brady were among the many dignitaries, citizens and mascots that greeted the delegation. Philadelphians of all political stripes support the bid and hope the convention will be an economic and political bonanza for the city.

This week’s tweet of the week goes to someone quite familiar to all our PoliticsPA readers, our esteemed former Managing Editor Brittany Foster. She shows us that you should always remember that if you’re going to write about education, it’s vitally important to get the spelling of the headline right.


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