Great news for Tom Wolf and Penn State while one man seeks to edit his IMDB page. See who made this week’s list.
Tom Wolf. All around it was a pretty great week for the Democratic nominee. A new Quinnipiac Poll shows him leading Gov. Corbett by 24 points. Not only that but the survey was among likely voters which tend to be more Republican-leaning (and accurate) than surveys among registered voters. National prognosticators also pronounced him a likely winner and a national progressive organization endorsed him. There’s was that one thing…but we’ll get to that later.
Tom Corbett. The polls just keep getting worse for Tom Corbett. A twenty-four point deficit is a tough hill to climb and requires the campaign spend valuable ad time and money defending the Governor’s actions instead of talking about the future. He also may have been too late in his call for a special session on pension reform. Corbett had the opportunity to call one in July but declined. Finally, those “inappropriate” emails still lurk as another potential headache.
Alan Benyak. You spend years as an Army lawyer, even run for office, but you make one movie as “Mr. Cannibal” and that’s all anyone wants to talk about. Benyak (and Wolf) probably wishes he passed on the option to be in the Democrat’s latest campaign commercial. After Buzzfeed found out about his prior film history, he became in his own words “a pawn” in the fight for the Governorship. Hopefully for Benyak, people’s memory of this moment will be short.
Penn State. This week it was announced that the NCAA was removing the remaining sanctions on Penn State’s football program. Next year, they’ll have their full supply of scholarships back and could even appear in a bowl game this year if their record is good enough. Of course, the NCAA chose to release this information in the midst of the NFL’s Ray Rice scandal in the hopes of burying it. The penalties may be gone but the legacy of Jerry Sandusky still apparently hangs over Happy Valley.
Shaughnessy Naughton. The former PA-8 congressional candidate announced the creation of her new PAC this week. 314 PAC will focus on attracting STEM professionals into politics and has a number of notables on its board including climate scientist Michael Mann. It’s also a sign that we may see Naughton on the political stage again soon, as creating a PAC is the go-to move for any candidate currently between campaigns.
The tweet of the week goes to the Huffington Post’s Sam Stein for this little slice of sanity amidst the silly season that is fall of an election year (we also want to credit our old Managing Editor Brittany Foster for tipping us off to it).
breaking — An internal poll shows a good result for the campaign that released the internal poll
— Sam Stein (@samstein) September 10, 2014