A new Attorney General, a slew of new polls and an old tire-slashing mystery is finally solved. See who made this week’s list!
Bruce Beemer. On Tuesday, Bruce Beemer was unanimously confirmed and sworn in as the next Attorney General of Pennsylvania. He’ll never admit it, but it was likely a sweet victory for a man who suffered so long under Kathleen Kane. Surely his quick dismissal of Jonathan Duecker and Patrick Reese suggests that is the case. Now if you could just release that email report, that would be great.
Seth Williams. It’s never a good week when the world finds out your girlfriend slashed your tires. When you’re the District Attorney of Philadelphia and under fire on multiple fronts already, it’s especially embarrassing. Furthermore, given the amount of time it took for this news to come out, it may not be the last we hear about it. Remember Williams still has his re-election effort next year to worry about, and it seems the campaign has already begun.
Katie McGinty. While the week began with an Emerson Poll showing Toomey ahead, the lack of cell phone respondents was a major red flag. That caution turned out to be warranted after Monmouth, Franklin & Marshall and Public Policy Polling all found the Democratic candidate holding a lead in the Senate race. She also got perhaps the left’s heaviest-hitters, Senators Bernie Sanders and Elizabeth Warren, to both endorse and commit to campaign for her. To top it all off, Sabato’s Crystal Ball moved the seat from “Toss-up” to “Leans Democratic”. The only downside for McGinty is that now she will have to deal with the burden of being the front-runner.
Brian Fitzpatrick. The first-time candidate met his Democratic opponent State Rep. Steve Santarsiero in their initial debate on Tuesday. In contrast to his lackluster primary performance, Fitzpatrick battled his more experienced adversary to a draw. Just a few days later the highest-ranking member of the GOP, Speaker of the House Paul Ryan, came to the 8th Congressional District to fundraise for the party’s nominee. It’s still early, though, and this contest should come down to the wire.
Eric Papenfuse. We’ll be giving the Harrisburg Mayor a down arrow every week until he lifts his ridiculous ban of PennLive. This is week twelve.
The tweet of the week goes to Lancaster Online’s Sam Janesch for this priceless photo of Tim Kaine and Governor Wolf.
— Sam Janesch (@samjanesch) August 30, 2016