Casey & Toomey, BFF
In a time of tense partisanship and ever-increasing polarization, mutual respect and occasionally reaching across the aisle to collaborate in the best interest of the Commonwealth is the name of the game.
Senators Bob Casey and Pat Toomey have that down, according to Salena Zito of the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review:
“We have a deep mutual respect and trust for each other, despite having different political views,” said Casey.
Toomey, a former three-term U.S. House member, took office in the Senate in January 2011 and rose to national prominence.
“Bob Casey is a very thoughtful, capable man — a very good man — and I look for opportunities to work with him,” said Toome…They meet for dinner with their wives, he said, and share an “obligation to work together.”
“I have very pragmatic views, and so does Casey,” Toomey said.
They’ve collaborated eight times this year on issues ranging from urging the Environmental Protection Agency to revise a proposed rule that could hurt domestic steel production, to sponsoring the Fallen Heroes of 9/11 Act, which authorized the president to award congressional medals to 9/11 memorials in Pennsylvania, New York and Virginia.
Both now want to fight to save the 911th Airlift Wing in Moon from closure. Activated in the early 1960s, the reserve station recruits and trains personnel to provide tactical airlift of forces, equipment and supplies. Keeping it open against Air Force arguments to save money “is going to be a tough battle,” Casey said.
PoliticsPA has checked in with a number of sources close to the Toomey 2010 campaign, and none of them could remember a time when Casey did any mud-slinging. His involvement in Joe Sestak’s campaign was limited, mostly with him saying nice things about the Admiral.
This year, Toomey has campaigned and fundraised for Casey’s rival and Tea Party favorite Tom Smith – but no barbs against the Senator himself.
If this keeps up for the cycle, it will continue a pattern that stretches back to at least 2006. That year, then-Republican Sen. Arlen Specter campaigned for Sen. Rick Santorum, but didn’t throw any punches Casey’s way.
And, like Casey did for Toomey in 2011, Specter took Casey out to lunch on their first day together in D.C.