Is PA’s GOP Wave Enough to Topple Casey?

Pennsylvania was at the epicenter of the 2010 Republican sweep. The party picked up both statewide offices, 5 new Congressional seats, and a majority in the State House.

But is there enough energy in the party to defeat Senator Bob Casey? What would it take to bring down Pennsylvania’s most popular Democrat?

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“Casey is very formidable,” explained F & M Pollster Terry Madonna. “The problem Republicans face is, they’re gonna have to raise considerable sums of money, they’re going to have to build statewide name recognition for their candidate, and they’re gonna have to somehow find a way to hurt Casey among working class, blue-collar voters.”

Those challenges, particularly name recognition, have proven difficult for Republicans so far. It would be a stretch to call any of the prospective GOP candidates a household name. National Journal’s (formerly PoliticsPA’s) Alex Roarty has the rundown:

  • Former Gov. Mark Schweiker is being courted by party leaders for a potential run.
  • U.S. Rep. Tim Murphy is considering a run.
  • State Sen. Jake Corman and former Santorum staffer Marc Scaringi are in.
  • U.S. Reps. Charlie Dent and Jim Gerlach, with their plum new committee assignments, appear to be out.
  • State Sen. Kim Ward and businessman John Moran are out.

If Casey has one weakness, Madonna suggests, it’s his close ties to President Obama. “Casey’s a staunch support of Obama – a personal friend of the President. He’s a virtual 100% Obama Democrat and he’s been on board with every part of the agenda.”

A Quinnipiac poll testing Casey’s numbers will be released tomorrow. If Casey’s numbers reflect the strength that insiders expect, GOP recruiting efforts are unlikely to get any easier.

December 15th, 2010 | Posted in Front Page Stories, Senate | 3 Comments

3 thoughts on “Is PA’s GOP Wave Enough to Topple Casey?”

  1. STEELBLITZ1 says:

    I agree CentPADem, I think Bob should be re-elected. Quin. numbers today show him in a good position it looks like to be re-elected, off course this is before any recognizable challenger. There’s no question the GOP will get a candidate that can raise the dough, esp. in a Presidential year.

  2. CentPADem says:

    Sen Casey is a good man who is doing a good job trying to represent the state. With Toomey’s announcement today that he supports the repeal of Don’t Ask Don’t Tell, we could end up with a good set of young US Senators representing PA for a number of years. Sadly, it is expected that the Tea Party, the Dick Armey shadow groups, Rush Limbaugh and Fox News will try to distort Sen Casey’s record in order to further their far right takeover of our democracy.

  3. STEELBLITZ1 says:

    His strength has more to do with his last name, as opposed to charisma. He puts alot of people to sleep. However, i just dont see the gop being able to take him out, but it could be closer than people think.

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