PA-Sen: Harry Reid Says McGinty Will Win Democratic Primary (VIDEO)

Senate Minority Leader Harry Reid sat down for an interview with the Washington Post yesterday.

At the end, Reid gave some candid remarks to the Post’s Paul Kane about the Democrats’ 2016 prospects.

The Nevada Senator pointed to Wisconsin, Illinois and Ohio as seats which the Democrats can pick up. They’ll need four to win the majority if they also take the presidency and five if the Republicans win the White House. The fourth seat he mentioned was Pennsylvania (at the 16:07 mark).

“We have a primary in Pennsylvania which I wish we didn’t but we do,” Reid stated. “But we have the Governor supporting Katie McGinty, we have former Governor Rendell. So she’s gonna win that primary.”

The Senator went on to reveal more of his own thoughts than perhaps he wanted to when he expressed that Pennsylvania is a blue-leaning state.

“And I think that’s gonna be a heavily Democratic state for us come Hillary time,” he said before catching himself. “Whoever wins the [presidential] primary.”

Thanks to Republican gains in 2010, the Democrats will have ample opportunities in 2016. The majority party will be defending 24 seats while the minority will have to protect just 10.

McGinty is running against former Congressman Joe Sestak and Braddock Mayor John Fetterman in the Democratic primary. Incumbent GOP Sen. Pat Toomey is running for re-election.

October 13th, 2015 | Posted in Front Page Stories, Senate, Top Stories | 60 Comments

60 thoughts on “PA-Sen: Harry Reid Says McGinty Will Win Democratic Primary (VIDEO)”

  1. Jtown dem says:

    Billy, Obama lost when we first ran for US Congress. Our lovely Lt Governor lost like 6 races before finally winning. Not everyone can be Tom Wolf and roll straight in and win.

  2. FYI says:

    BREAKING NEWS:

    **Pennsylvania Association of Staff Nurses and Allied Professionals drops Sestak, backs McGinty in endorsement switch!**

    Great reporting by Jonathan Tamari of Philly Inquirer: http://www.philly.com/philly/blogs/capitolinq/Nurses-union-drops-Sestak-backs-McGinty.html

    Katie has the momentum!

    🙂

  3. David Diano says:

    Barbara-

    “How can you fight for a woman who dumped you during crucial budget talks for her own selfish ends.”

    Her critics put the blame for the budget failure on her. If true, Wolf might have held the door for her on the way out. Though, I place the blame for the budget problems on the GOP for being unreasonable, and Wolf for not campaigning to have more Dems elected when he had the chance.

    Also, Wolf would certainly prefer one of his inner circle to be the next PA senator than Sestak or Toomey.

    So, I reject your implication that she left Wolf in the lurch.

    Observer #2

    Some of Sestak’s more delusional supporters think he could/should be president. Scary.

    Montco PA Dem
    If Sestak raised less than Fetterman, he’s toast. However, with the pressure of McGinty entering the race, Sestak pushed his fundraising very hard. I think his best quarter was around half a million (which is half what McGinty raised in her first half quarter). Sestak is now competing for dollars, and can’t raise for the fight against Toomey, when Joe appeared to be the only candidate.

    I’m guessing Joe pulled in 300K to 400K (but also had more expenses than usual too).

    Fetterman is already on the air with an ad in western PA. It aired on CNN during the debate coverage.

    Billy

    Sestak has been on the ballot six times. The last four, his wife didn’t vote for him (she wasn’t even registered in PA since Joe was first elected).

  4. Billy says:

    FYI, keep posting that list, it’s proof of what’s wrong in politics today.

  5. Billy says:

    JTown, I agree as far as gaining a majority, but McGinty can’t beat Toomey. She doesn’t connect with anyone (7% in the Dem primary) and is only in the race because the 5 people the State Dem party tried to recruit to run against Sestak, all turned it down.

  6. FYI says:

    A list of those who have endorsed Katie McGinty so far (updated with today’s breaking news: “Nurses union drops Sestak, backs McGinty” http://www.philly.com/philly/blogs/capitolinq/Nurses-union-drops-Sestak-backs-McGinty.html)

    -Current and former US Senators
    Harry Reid, US Senator from Nevada and US Senate Minority Leader

    -Current and former Governors
    Ed Rendell, former Governor of Pennsylvania
    Tom Wolf, Governor of Pennsylvania

    -Current and former U.S. Representatives
    Bob Brady, U.S. Representative and Chairman of the Philadelphia Democratic City Committee
    Michael F. Doyle, U.S. Representative

    -State legislators
    Jim Brewster, State Senator
    Dom Costa, State Representative
    Jay Costa, State Senator and Democratic Leader of the Pennsylvania Senate
    Paul Costa, State Representative
    Dan Deasy, State Representative
    Anthony M. DeLuca, State Representative
    Frank Dermody, State Representative and Democratic Leader of the Pennsylvania House of Representatives
    Wayne D. Fontana, State Senator
    Dan Frankel, State Representative
    Ed Gainey, State Representative
    Mark Gergely, State Representative
    Bill Kortz, State Representative[
    Joe Markosek, State Representative

    -Mayors and other municipal leaders
    Kim Bracey, Mayor of York
    Carolyn Comitta, Mayor of West Chester
    William Courtright, Mayor of Scranton
    John DeFazio, Allegheny County Councilman
    Bob Donchez, Mayor of Bethlehem
    Mike Finnerty, Allegheny County Councilman
    Rich Fitzgerald, Allegheny County Executive
    Nick Futules, Allegheny County Councilman
    Dan Gilman, Pittsburgh City Councilman
    Elizabeth Goreham, Mayor of State College
    Rick Gray, Mayor of Lancaster
    Sandra Green, Mayor of Kutztown
    Frank Janakovic, Mayor of Johnstown
    Theresa Kail-Smith, Pittsburgh City Councilwoman
    Bruce Kraus, Pittsburgh City Council President
    Daniel Lavelle, Pittsburgh City Councilman
    Thomas Leighton, Mayor of Wilkes-Barre
    Bob Macey, Allegheny County Councilman
    Chuck Martoni, Allegheny County Councilman
    Josh Maxwell, Mayor of Downingtown
    James Muldowney, Mayor of Pottsville
    Corey O’Connor, Pittsburgh City Councilman
    John F. Palmiere, Allegheny County Councilman
    Sal Panto Jr., Mayor of Easton
    Bill Peduto, Mayor of Pittsburgh
    Natalia Rudiak, Pittsburgh City Councilwoman

    -Individuals
    Austin Davis, Allegheny County Democratic Committee Vice Chairman
    Nancy Mills, Allegheny County Democratic Committee Chairwoman
    Stephanie Schriock, President of EMILY’s List
    Nancy Mills, Allegheny County Democratic Committee
    Marianne Conley, Baldwin Borough Democratic Committee Chair
    Jane Braunlich, Bellevue Democratic Committee Chair
    Reno Virgili, Bethel Park Democratic Committee Chair
    William Zachery, Braddock Democratic Committee Chair
    Tom Kosmala, Bradford Woods Democratic Committee Chair
    Joseph R. Kleppick, East McKeesport Democratic Committee Chair
    Norma Jean McCuen, Findlay Township Democratic Committee Chair
    Reid Goldberg, Fox Chapel Democratic Committee Chair
    Jim Vitale, Moon Democratic Committee Chair
    Michele Zmijanac, Mt. Lebanon Democratic Committee Chair
    Shannon Barkley, O’Hara Township Democratic Committee Chair
    Orelio Vecchio, Pitcairn Democratic Committee Chair
    Tonya Payne, Pittsburgh 1st Ward Democratic Committee Chair
    Fred Wilburn, Pittsburgh 3rd Ward Democratic Committee Chair
    Walter Anderson, Pittsburgh 5th Ward Democratic Committee Chair
    Jeanne Cark, Pittsburgh 7th Ward Democratic Committee Chair
    Vanessa Turpin, Pittsburgh 8th Ward Democratic Committee Chair
    Ron Deutsch, Pittsburgh 9th Ward Democratic Committee Chair
    Bob Palmosina, Pittsburgh 20th Ward Democratic Committee Chair
    Terry Matuszak, Pittsburgh 30th Ward Democratic Committee Chair
    Bobby Grieco, Pittsburgh 32nd Ward Democratic Committee Chair
    John Wovchko, Robinson Township Democratic Committee Chair
    Frances M. Salachup, Ross Township Democratic Committee Chair
    Dave Buchewicz, South Park Township Democratic Committee Chair
    Frank Zieger, Stowe Township Democratic Committee Chair
    William Kelly, Turtle Creek Democratic Committee Chair
    Angie Gialloreto, Wilkins Township Democratic Committee Chair
    Joan Buchewicz, DSC
    Barbara Ernsberger, DSC
    Rob Frank, DSC
    Mary Gibson, DSC
    Jessica McCurdy, DSC
    Sue Stoltzfus, DSC

    -Labor unions
    Sheet Metal Workers Local 19
    Pennsylvania Association of Staff Nurses and Allied Professionals
    United Steelworkers

    -Organizations
    EMILY’s List

  7. Jtown dem says:

    Observer #2
    This is only the second thing she has run for. Isn’t that the non-career politician everyone is asking for running against a former congressman and decade long mayor?

    Barbara – a unified national front for the democrats is how we retake majorities in congress. See all the republican infighting that keeps them from a viable presidential candidate and causes the washington gridlock we see now? By democrats coming together and finding common ground we have a chance to fix the disasters brought about by the legislature in DC today

  8. Observer #2 says:

    McG’s ties to fracking/Rendell/the new “leaders” of the PA Democratic Party/and the Dem establishment in DC is enough of a turn off to make me never vote for her. As others have said, including me, McG is in over her head and out of her league. What will she run for next, President of the U.S. ??? She has failed at all her political endeavors and most importantly, cannot beat Toomey.

  9. Billy says:

    aaron, I would take Sestak over McGinty, but I can’t vote for a man who’s family hasn’t even lived in PA for several years. His wife works in VA and his child went to school in VA as of 2014.

    I also can’t imagine voting for someone who thinks walking across that state is a good use of his time and then uses it as his main prop for his campaign. If Joe were truly walking in my shoes as he claims he has, he wouldn’t have time to walk across the state, which was done as a calculated stunt and benefits no one except himself.

  10. Montco PA Dem says:

    Sestak still hasn’t released his 3rd quarter fundraising total, has he? I think he has until Thursday, and I’m betting it will be less than Fetterman.

  11. aaron says:

    sounds like sestak may be the better choice after all…

  12. Barbara Blum says:

    I am really tired of party insiders dictating our choice for Senate. Bad enough that Rendell( remember him? He is Former Mayor and Former guy) continues to push his favorites on us, now the present giv also. Worst of all the out of staters, like Schumer, Reid and others tell us how to vote. When was Harry Reid in Pa. How many of his programs were passed by the Senate? Could he round up votes like Pelosi did? Fix Nevada. Fix New York. Stay out of Pa. Wolf, you have picked several losers for high positions and have not been able to woo the bad actors in the Republican Party. Why don’t you concentrate on policy instead of politics. How can you fight for a woman who dumped you during crucial budget talks for her own selfish ends. She should try running for Township Commissioner, or County Superviser or State Rep before the U. S. Senate.

  13. Jpayl says:

    McGinty lacking in skills or any accomplishment ! She has been, is and will continue to be a loser. Like Obama and Carter she represents the worst in the Democratic Party. How sad that we have gone from the likes of JFK Rfk LBj Humphrey, Jackson and Truman to crap like McGinty and Obama! Better Toomey than Reid Rendell and a lightweight like McGinty!

  14. David Diano says:

    OMG.. Sestak is such a f*cking whiner:

    Got another fundraising email:
    “Crew, I wanted to make sure you had seen the latest out of D.C.
    Yesterday, Senator Harry Reid told the Washington Post that the establishment will determine who will win PA’s Senate primary – not the people of Pennsylvania. ”

    Of course, this is a complete distortion of Reid’s comments. Reid statement was clearly an expectation that the endorsements of two Dem PA Govs would carry a lot of weight. (Also, Reid knows what a complete tool Sestak is.)

    Reid also indicated he expected Hillary to be the nominee, but I don’t hear Sestak crying about her being the “establishment candidate”.

    Then Joe put in this spin:

    “Can serving the people work? You bet: my congressional district office handled four times the average number of constituent cases, and we won re-election in a Republican district by 20 points, spending only $28,000 – on yard signs!”

    Joe leaves out that many cases were completely bungled and due to staff turn-over, the ball got dropped in cases, and constituents had to call all over against an explain their problem to the new staffer.

    When Sestak ran for re-election in 2008, he had a $3 million war-chest and the GOP couldn’t find a candidate to run against him. So, Joe spent on lawnsigns, and didn’t do TV/Radio, but he send out a sh*tload of fundraising letters asking for money to hold the seat. He had no intention of spending that money for the seat, and shifted it into his failed Senate campaign. In business, this would be called fraud, but for Joe, it’s just another example of getting away with no integrity.

    The eventual GOP candidate volunteered to be the sacrificial lamb, but was a paper tiger with no campaign. Also, Sestak who had cried and whined about not having enough debates with Weldon (and later Specter and Toomey), refused to give his 2008 opponent more than one debate. Joe is such a total hypocrite.

    If Fetterman stays in, Joe will come in 3rd.

  15. PhillyDem says:

    A friend in Pittsburgh clued me in to John Fetterman going up with a TV ad during tonight’s debate. Pretty compelling. Surprised to see him up first.

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PVpeMdNp94s

  16. Ben Smith says:

    @FYI asks “Want to drive the old boys club crazy?” and suggests that voting for McGinty will accomplish this?

    That is truly LOL funny!!!! There is no bigger Boys Club in PA that Ed Rendell, who now makes his millions in the gas industry… and McGinty was also a partner in the same firm with deep ties to the gas industry.

    McGinty IS the bought and paid for puppet of the Boys Club. She took $120,000 in campaign donations from a coal boss who was also a Rendell supporter. (that went into her own pocket to repay the loans she made to her own campaign) If that’s not Boys Club, I don’t know what is.

  17. Ben Smith says:

    @FYI… the claims of McGinty fast tracking approval of a waste coal plant for one of Rendell’s major supporters and taking hundreds of thousands of dollars from coal, gas, and insurance special interests are all well documented.

    She also was caught red handed awarding million dollar contracts to a pro-fracking firm that her husband did work for. The state Supreme court even ruled that what she was doing was a big no no.

    Those are all easily verifiable facts printed in multiple reputable news sources. For you to try to dismiss that as rhetoric and conspiracy theories shows your willingness to lie and distort the truth.

    McGinty has a very questionable background with deep ties to the gas industry for someone who claims to be a public servant. Can’t wait for it to all come out.

  18. Anonymous says:

    Well, good for Harry.

  19. Another Dem says:

    Aaron –
    Quit with the pantsuit thing. Katie doesn’t wear pantsuits – she wears dresses that are too short and show off her knobby knees and bird legs.

    The people of Pennsylvania aren’t going to be bought again by Rendell and his cronies. She is bought and paid for completely. She has no accomplishments and she’s being shoved down the throat of Democratic voters. No thanks.

  20. aaron says:

    Stand with pp..what does that mean

  21. jmarshak says:

    Now McGinty is officially Washington’s choice. All the more reason to not support her.

  22. aaron says:

    2 empty pant suits. Throw in

  23. FYI says:

    Want to drive the old boys club crazy?

    Vote Hillary Clinton for President and Katie McGinty for US Senate!

    #StandWithPP

  24. Unknown says:

    DIANO: The woman you met with at the Landmark in West Chester 5 years ago? She began giving speeches about her ordeal today. Wonder why she suddenly feels comfortable talking about it publicly? Same reason Reid is co confident that McGinty will triumph…

  25. Observer #2 says:

    To FYI:

    What is desmogblog all about? From my previous emails.

  26. FYI says:

    As you can see Observer #2 and his boss Joe Sestak are desperate and are grasping at straws. Their empty rhetoric and claims of conspiracies is more evidence of a flawed candidate and campaign. The writing is on the wall for Joe Sestak. While Joe and his supporters spew hate-fueled rhetoric while trying to sell themselves as grassroots, the people of Pennsylvania see Joe and his campaign as what he really is… a phony and a narcissistic. Joe Sestak, like Rob McCord, only care’s about himself and advancing his career. He will stop at nothing. Beware! Sestak is McCord 2.0. In fact, Sestak’s brother, Richard, now deceased, worked for corrupt McCord campaign. Ask yourself: What has Joe Sestak done for you over the past 8 years? What has he done for Pennsylvania while living in Virginia the past 8+ years? Has Joe Sestak ever done anything for Pennsylvania other than running a negative, non-stop political campaign to advance his own career? Joe Sestak is a divider. Let’s send him back home to Virginia. Vote No on Joe!

  27. aaron says:

    Empty pant suit. Did kane resign yet?

  28. Billy says:

    FYI, empty rhetoric and conspiracy? I guess NPR, the Post Gazette, and the rest of the press are in on it too:

    McGinty contributor got fast-tracked permit for coal plant when she ran DEP
    https://stateimpact.npr.org/pennsylvania/2014/03/03/mcginty-contributor-got-fast-tracked-permit-for-coal-plant-when-she-ran-dep/

    That coal contributor also has ties to one of the worst toxic waste dumping cases in the history of the state.

    Don’t take my word for it, it’s all right there.

    Another thing I find interesting about McGinty…
    Wolf retired $100,000 of her campaign debt after she stayed in an election with 0 chance of winning. Wolf’s primary opponent? Another woman, Allison Schwartz. Was McGinty a spoiler or is it all just a coincidence?

    http://www.post-gazette.com/news/state/2015/02/22/After-the-campaign-the-fund-raising-continues/stories/201502220073

  29. FYI says:

    Haters are everywhere. Empty rhetoric and conspiracies are evidence of flawed candidate and campaigns. The old boy’s club doesn’t want to see Pennsylvania make history by electing their first woman US Senator.

    Democrats, like Gov. Tom Wolf, Ed Rendell, EMILY’s List, the USW, Pittsburgh Mayor Bill Peduto, mayors from rural and urban Pennsylvania are rallying around a unifying candidate to help Democrats take back the Senate. That candidate is Katie McGinty.

    Take a few moments to learn about Katie. This is from EMILY’s List:

    “A game-changing election for Pennsylvania families:

    Katie McGinty grew up in northeast Philadelphia, the ninth of 10 children. She is the daughter of a police officer and a restaurant hostess and has said that watching her mother work nightshifts at a local restaurant inspired her commitment to raising the minimum wage for all workers. Katie is pro-choice, and supports Roe v. Wade. She understands that voting rights are under attack nationwide, and will fight back against Republican attempts to stifle and silence voters. With roots in the middle-class, Katie has been a consistent champion for hardworking families, for job creation, and for the environment her entire career. Her election will be a game-changer for the state of Pennsylvania, which no woman has ever represented in the Senate.

    A progressive leader, with a history of getting things done:

    Katie McGinty is a smart, pragmatic leader, who’s spent her more than 25 years in public service “finding positive ways to get things done” for everyday families. Katie McGinty was the first person in her family to complete four years of college, which she attended on a full scholarship to study chemistry. After graduating from law school at Columbia University, her interest in environmental issues brought her to Washington, where she worked as a congressional fellow in Al Gore’s senate office. When she was just 29 years old, Katie was appointed by President Clinton to serve as his special assistant for environmental and energy affairs, later chairing the White House Council on Environmental Quality, which no woman had ever led. In 2003, Katie was appointed to lead the Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection, a role in which she championed clean water initiatives and created jobs by growing the state’s clean energy economy. Serving until recently as Governor Tom Wolf’s chief of staff, she worked to expand the state’s Medicaid program and create a budget that invests in public education.

    A champion for Pennsylvanians, who’ll help win back the Senate for Democrats:

    The race for the Senate in Pennsylvania will be among the most closely-watched of the cycle. Katie will need our help to raise money early on, so she can build momentum and keep it going through the general election—and her campaign will be key to Democrats’ chances of winning back the Senate from the Republicans. Katie is known for her focus and her strong work ethic. Her 2014 campaign for governor was strong, exceeding fundraising expectations, and she’s prepared for an even bigger fight this time. The Republican incumbent, Pat Toomey, has already seen early success fundraising — and with one of the most extreme, anti-family agendas in the Senate, the same deep-pocketed, extremist donors who’ve lined up to support him in the past are guaranteed to pour donations into the race this cycle. Let’s show her opponent’s deep-pocketed, Tea Party supporters she has the full strength of the EMILY’s List community on her side — and the resources she needs to win back the Senate for Democrats and give Pennsylvania families a champion in the Senate.”

    http://www.emilyslist.org/candidates/katie-mcginty

  30. FYI says:

    @Billy and Observer # 2 – Please spare us your empty rhetoric and conspiracies. Your desperation has reached the point of you claiming conspiracies and scare tactics. Get real.

  31. Billy says:

    FYI, that endorsement list should have an asterisk next to it because all of the western pa endorsements were committed before Fetterman entered the race.

    That list should also show what influence and control the unelected state party has over elected politicians and how afraid the elected politicians are of going against what the state party tells them to do.

  32. Observer #2 says:

    Billy’s comment is excellent.! Corporate values is what McG/Rendell are about, not (d)emocratic or Democratic values. Billy, again, great info!!

  33. Billy says:

    FYI, I don’t understand why you would say McGinty fights for democratic values. McGinty has taken hundreds of thousands of dollars from special interests, including $120,000 from a coal executive that also happened to own a dirty coal project that McGinty fast tracked approval for before tighter EPA regulations went into effect. That money went to repaying loans that she made to her own campaign, so that money went directly into her pocket.

    She and her husband have made themselves wealthy from the gas industry. She’s never been elected to anything. She quit her job as Chief of Staff 6 months after she started in the middle of the budget crisis.

    I’m sorry to break it to you, but those aren’t democratic values. She is bought and paid for by Rendell and his cronies.

  34. FYI says:

    @aaron, you said that already. Is that really all you got man?

  35. aaron says:

    she’s an empty pant suit

  36. FYI says:

    @Observer#2 – When will your boss release his Q3 fundraising numbers? I’m in need of a good laugh

  37. David Diano says:

    Observer #2-

    “I can find 50 individuals for Sestak on any large street in any small town in PA.” ?? Really?? Okay: Try Braddock, PA 🙂

  38. FYI says:

    Observer # 2 – Are you that new to politics? The primary campaign hasn’t even started yet? The winner of all the Dem. primary polls in “I don’t know.” That’s way fundraising is so important to be able to get the message out there. This time in 2013, Allyson Schwartz was leading every Dem. Gov. primary poll, until the campaign actually started and Wolf aired TV ads.

    As Harry Reid said, McGinty will win the primary. She has the broad support, fundraising and the momentum. She’ll be the first to get your message out there and define herself before her opponents get a chance.

    Welcome to the world of politics. Buckle up it’s going to be an exciting ride.

  39. FYI says:

    LOL. Not a staffer. The list is on wikipedia:
    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/United_States_Senate_election_in_Pennsylvania,_2016

    Just a passionate supporter who fights for Democratic values and wants Dems to retake the Senate. I believe McGinty is the best candidate to do that.

    I also share David Diano’s views on Sestak and I’m just as passionate about them. Sestak is a narcissist and a phony who needs to be sent packing back to his longtime home in Virginia. I think secretly Sestak and Rob McCord are brothers. Both are typical career politicians who only care about themselves and advancing their careers.

  40. Observer #2 says:

    To FYI:

    So, you claim 50 some individuals on your boss’s list. I can find 50 individuals for Sestak on any large street in any small town in PA. As for groups, it always sounds good, but you know how they normally vote–independently for the most part, maybe 60%-40% if the endorsing organization is lucky–because rank and file no longer take marching orders from their paid leadership-Emily’s is the exception on your list, but then they’re offset by Sestak’s army of supporters statewide. As for establishment politicians on any list, no comment needs be made. I return to the Harper Poll, for now, with Sestak 10% ahead of McG. I’m betting on Sestak. The odds favor Sestak

  41. David Diano says:

    FYI-

    That is way too detailed a list for a non-McGinty staffer to post.

    It’s totally cool that you are supporting McGinty and touting her endorsements, but fess up that you are on staff. Because, NOBODY keeps a list of candidate endorsements that detailed other than the campaign staffer in charge of that.

    This entry seems odd:
    William Zachery, Braddock Democratic Committee Chair

    Was this before Fetterman announced?

    Observer #2-
    Ads, name recognition and including all three candidates on the poll will move the numbers.

  42. David Diano says:

    Sestak keeps sending inane fundraising letters. Today’s missive refers to how The Scranton Times compared him to “the little engine that could”.

    The letter includes Joe’s imaginary trip to his daughter’s “old bookshelf” containing the non-existent book to refresh himself on the story. Of course, any such bookshelf would be in his house in Virginia. Did he travel all the way home to look for a book that would not be on a teenager’s bookshelf in the first place?

    Joe then tries to act tough with “At first it seemed a little awkward for a guy who served 31 years in the U.S. Navy – in
    Afghanistan while head of its anti-terrorism group and commander of a nuclear aircraft carrier battle group in war – to be compared to a children’s locomotive.”

    Wow. That’s a lot of insecurity/inadequacy to pack into a sentence. Most guys would just compensate by buying a large truck and posting a picture with it.

    The thing is, on the debate stage, Fetterman is going to look a lot more like a real locomotive and Sestak like a toy one.

  43. aaron says:

    she received 8% of the vote in the guv primary last year – she is an empty pant suit.

  44. FYI says:

    WOW! Katie McGinty definitely has the momentum! She has demonstrated her incredible fundraising ability (raising $1 million in just under 2 months). She’ll be more than prepared to easily dispatch Sestak in the primary and defeat Toomey in the general.

    Individuals, elected officials, Democratic activists and organizations who have endorsed McGinty so far, (I guess soon I’ll be adding the DSCC to the list):

    -Current and former US Senators
    Harry Reid, US Senator from Nevada and US Senate Minority Leader

    -Current and former Governors
    Ed Rendell, former Governor of Pennsylvania
    Tom Wolf, Governor of Pennsylvania

    -Current and former U.S. Representatives
    Bob Brady, U.S. Representative and Chairman of the Philadelphia Democratic City Committee
    Michael F. Doyle, U.S. Representative

    -State legislators
    Jim Brewster, State Senator
    Dom Costa, State Representative
    Jay Costa, State Senator and Democratic Leader of the Pennsylvania Senate
    Paul Costa, State Representative
    Dan Deasy, State Representative
    Anthony M. DeLuca, State Representative
    Frank Dermody, State Representative and Democratic Leader of the Pennsylvania House of Representatives
    Wayne D. Fontana, State Senator
    Dan Frankel, State Representative
    Ed Gainey, State Representative
    Mark Gergely, State Representative
    Bill Kortz, State Representative[
    Joe Markosek, State Representative
    -Mayors and other municipal leaders
    Kim Bracey, Mayor of York
    Carolyn Comitta, Mayor of West Chester
    William Courtright, Mayor of Scranton
    John DeFazio, Allegheny County Councilman
    Bob Donchez, Mayor of Bethlehem
    Mike Finnerty, Allegheny County Councilman
    Rich Fitzgerald, Allegheny County Executive
    Nick Futules, Allegheny County Councilman
    Dan Gilman, Pittsburgh City Councilman
    Elizabeth Goreham, Mayor of State College
    Rick Gray, Mayor of Lancaster
    Sandra Green, Mayor of Kutztown
    Frank Janakovic, Mayor of Johnstown
    Theresa Kail-Smith, Pittsburgh City Councilwoman
    Bruce Kraus, Pittsburgh City Council President
    Daniel Lavelle, Pittsburgh City Councilman
    Thomas Leighton, Mayor of Wilkes-Barre
    Bob Macey, Allegheny County Councilman
    Chuck Martoni, Allegheny County Councilman
    Josh Maxwell, Mayor of Downingtown
    James Muldowney, Mayor of Pottsville
    Corey O’Connor, Pittsburgh City Councilman
    John F. Palmiere, Allegheny County Councilman
    Sal Panto Jr., Mayor of Easton
    Bill Peduto, Mayor of Pittsburgh
    Natalia Rudiak, Pittsburgh City Councilwoman

    -Individuals
    Austin Davis, Allegheny County Democratic Committee Vice Chairman
    Nancy Mills, Allegheny County Democratic Committee Chairwoman
    Stephanie Schriock, President of EMILY’s List
    Nancy Mills, Allegheny County Democratic Committee
    Marianne Conley, Baldwin Borough Democratic Committee Chair
    Jane Braunlich, Bellevue Democratic Committee Chair
    Reno Virgili, Bethel Park Democratic Committee Chair
    William Zachery, Braddock Democratic Committee Chair
    Tom Kosmala, Bradford Woods Democratic Committee Chair
    Joseph R. Kleppick, East McKeesport Democratic Committee Chair
    Norma Jean McCuen, Findlay Township Democratic Committee Chair
    Reid Goldberg, Fox Chapel Democratic Committee Chair
    Jim Vitale, Moon Democratic Committee Chair
    Michele Zmijanac, Mt. Lebanon Democratic Committee Chair
    Shannon Barkley, O’Hara Township Democratic Committee Chair
    Orelio Vecchio, Pitcairn Democratic Committee Chair
    Tonya Payne, Pittsburgh 1st Ward Democratic Committee Chair
    Fred Wilburn, Pittsburgh 3rd Ward Democratic Committee Chair
    Walter Anderson, Pittsburgh 5th Ward Democratic Committee Chair
    Jeanne Cark, Pittsburgh 7th Ward Democratic Committee Chair
    Vanessa Turpin, Pittsburgh 8th Ward Democratic Committee Chair
    Ron Deutsch, Pittsburgh 9th Ward Democratic Committee Chair
    Bob Palmosina, Pittsburgh 20th Ward Democratic Committee Chair
    Terry Matuszak, Pittsburgh 30th Ward Democratic Committee Chair
    Bobby Grieco, Pittsburgh 32nd Ward Democratic Committee Chair
    John Wovchko, Robinson Township Democratic Committee Chair
    Frances M. Salachup, Ross Township Democratic Committee Chair
    Dave Buchewicz, South Park Township Democratic Committee Chair
    Frank Zieger, Stowe Township Democratic Committee Chair
    William Kelly, Turtle Creek Democratic Committee Chair
    Angie Gialloreto, Wilkins Township Democratic Committee Chair
    Joan Buchewicz, DSC
    Barbara Ernsberger, DSC
    Rob Frank, DSC
    Mary Gibson, DSC
    Jessica McCurdy, DSC
    Sue Stoltzfus, DSC

    -Labor unions
    Sheet Metal Workers Local 19
    United Steelworkers

    -Organizations
    EMILY’s List

  45. Observer #2 says:

    Harper Poll said Sestak 40%, McG 30%. Reid should stay in Nevada (and DC) with the rest of the establishment. McG is out of her league and in over her head. The odds favor Sestak.

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