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9/23 PoliticsPA’s Up & Down

Bob Casey. The Senator’s wheelhouse is trade issues and being tough on China, and will be a key theme in his re-election bid. Last night the Senate passed Casey’s trade assistance bill on a bipartisan 69-28 vote. On top of that, the cavalcade of GOP contenders in the race likely means a long, expensive primary with a winner that is well to the right of center.

Lou Barletta. The recent flooding has given the Congressman a fresh start. He handled the crisis well from an organizational as well as PR standpoint (eg. he was coordinating disaster resources while one of his opponents held a fundraiser).  And on Wednesday he cast a significant vote against his party’s continuing resolution, which critics said didn’t do enough for disaster victims.

Brian Sims. The lawyer and LGBT activist announced a primary against PA Rep. Babette Josephs (D-182). One problem: he worked on her last campaign. Furthermore, you can say a lot of things about Josephs (ask Daryl Metcalfe), but you’d be hard-pressed to spot any daylight between her and the large gay community she represents. The online retailer enjoyed months of good PR as one of PA’s top non-Marcellus job creators. They were the poster child for the GOP’s decision not to pursue one type of tax. But this week, the Morning Call broke that down with a blistering story about the awful conditions in their Lehigh Valley warehouse. The story has gone national.

Gene Barr. You’ve seen him on PCN. You’ve seen him meeting with lawmakers around Harrisburg. Now you’ll see him at the top of the Pennsylvania Chamber of Business and Industry. It’s board of directors elected Barr as president, effective Oct. 1. He’s been the group’s vice president of government and public affairs since 2003.

2 Responses

  1. Lou Barletta is by far the best Congressman in the PA delegation. He cares for the people of his district.

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