PoliticsPA’s Morning Buzz: 8/31 Edition
Sestak’s on air (though not everywhere), Gleason gives his thoughts about 2010 and a new Gallup poll should send a chill up the spines of Democrats everywhere. This is Tuesday’s Buzz.
On the trail:
Rep. Kanjorski will be appearing with Sen. Casey at the Wilkes-Barre Chamber of Commerce where they will be discussing economic development issues.
John Callahan to release Five Point Plan to Create Jobs and Cut Debt in Bethlehem.
Bryan Lentz will be holding a town hall forum in Crum Lynne.
The Toomey campaign spent Monday highlighting a Morning Call story questioning a $350,000 earmark delivered by the congressman to a non-profit organization whose owner also owns a for-profit business that would benefit from the federal money. State GOP Chairman Rob Gleason also got in on the act:
“The people of Pennsylvania deserve to know the truth,” he said. “Why did Congressman Sestak fight to get funding for this project even though this group has no history of working on wind turbines?”
Sestak’s campaign said his congressional office did its “due diligence.”
Speaking of Gleason, the chairman also took time Monday to comment on his party’s chances in 2010. He credited his party’s possible success to candidate-recruitment efforts that began in earnest after the 2008 election but made sure not to strike an overconfident tone.
“Although I’m feeling good about (our chances) and I’m feeling optimistic, we’re really just getting geared up for the fall . We’re working like we’re behind,” the GOP chairman said.
Another gaffe? PoliticsPA: Marino asks protesters if they have a job, are on welfare (VIDEO)
Inquirer: Why Philly residents can get guns so easily
(Subscription Only) Capitolwire’s Pete DeCoursey says both gubernatorial candidates aren’t saying how they will handle the state’s looming budget crisis.
The upshot: Both Onorato and Corbett have said, even as they prepare next year to take over a budget that will be about $4 billion in the red, that they will not raise income or sales taxes. Both say they will make tough cuts, but neither will say what they will cut. And Corbett won’t even commit to cutting his own office budget by 2 percent this year.
Basically, both candidates for governor, on taxes and fees, are playing “I’ll Tell You Later.”
Inquirer: Sestak Campaign Buys Some Ad Time
Bumsted in the Tribune-Review: Onorato’s letter to Rendell
Early Returns notes the similarity of Toomey’s, Corbett’s message
Hotline: Gallup has the Republicans up 10 points in a generic ballot, the biggest advantage the GOP has had since the poll began tracking it in 1942. Polls in Pennsylvania have shown Republicans up 9 points (PPP) and 6 points (F&M) on the generic ballot.
Inquirer: Leadership Challenge at Philly Republican City Committee
Inquirer: “Gov. Christie shed lots of credibility in the blundering drama that led him to fire his handpicked education commissioner, Bret Schundler”
Post-Gazette: “That would suggest that it needs to be careful of the positions it takes and the image it projects in the 2010 campaign, not to mention further down the road, unless it wants to condemn itself to a slow death by demography.”