Search warrants, party endorsements and public budget frustration. See who made this week’s list!
Kathleen Kane. Whenever your office is being raided by detectives, it’s been a bad week. Especially when this is the third time a warrant has been issued against you in the last year. She also had incredible difficulty explaining why she is fighting the release of the lewd emails that she says she wants to reveal. As if her situation couldn’t get any worse, we also learned that the State Senate and Gov. Wolf appear to be devising their own plan to remove her from office. Somehow this seemingly never-ending saga just keeps getting more complex.
John Fetterman. When two high-profile Democrats are already engaged in a competitive primary, you would expect the announcement of a third candidate to gain less attention, particularly when said candidate is the Mayor of a small town. Instead, Fetterman’s unique personality made him stand out and he received coverage from several national outlets. It would be challenging (though not impossible) for Fetterman to win, yet it is very likely that he will have a significant effect on the Democratic contest.
Tom Wolf. “I got nothing.” That pretty much sums up how Governor Wolf feels at the end of this week. We began with the Republicans in the legislature threatening to pass stopgap spending bills and daring Wolf to veto them. The Gov responded that he wouldn’t sign anything without at least the framework of a budget agreement. When Wolf presented his liquor privatization and pension reform plans and didn’t get an offer in return, he showed more frustration than he ever had before in public life. It seems that the Governor doesn’t feel this is a honest negotiation and he’s not sure what he can do about it.
John Rafferty. Last week, Rafferty’s primary opponent State Rep. Todd Stephens won the support of his caucus leaders. Now, State Sen. Rafferty secured the endorsement of Joe Scarnati and Jake Corman and will have another twenty-four of his colleagues show up to fundraise with him. One of the most intriguing storylines of this weekend’s GOP fall committee meeting, in fact, is that both candidates will be giving speeches to those assembled.
Marcel Groen. Speaking of party committees, the Democratic Party has a new Chairman. After a long battle with Gov. Tom Wolf, Jim Burn finally announced his retirement last July. Last weekend, the Montgomery County Chair Marcel Groen (Wolf’s favored successor) was chosen as the new leader of the PA Democratic Party. Groen helped turn Montgomery County from purple to blue and his colleagues hope he can do the same for the entire Keystone State.
The tweet of the week goes to the Patriot-News’ John Micek for reminding us that the budget debate isn’t making anyone happy.
— ByJohnLMicek (@ByJohnLMicek) September 17, 2015