PoliticsPA’s Up & Down: 12/10 Edition
Up – No Labels – As thousands of Pennsylvanians head to New York for the annual party gauntlet that is Pennsylvania Society, more than a thousand others from across the country are headed to the Big Apple with the hopes of starting a movement. On Monday, No Labels will officially launch a movement predicated on political pragmatism, civility and mutual respect. From Pennsylvania, Treasurer Rob McCord and nationally syndicated talk show host Michael Smerconish will participate. If they’re successful in rallying the political middle, No Labels will have done a great service to the country.
Down – Jim Matthews and Joe Hoeffel – Tough news cycle for the two men who’ve controlled the agenda of Montgomery County’s local government for the past two years. The county’s political parties want to oust them, and now Montco District Attorney Risa Ferman has subpoenaed them because of possible violations of the Sunshine Act. That power-sharing arrangement they struck in 2008 might prove more short-sighted than anything.
Down – Renee Tartaglione – Regardless of whether Renee Tartaglione is guilty of the charges she is accused of, she has a larger public relations disaster on her hands. She has thus far been unable to defend herself in the press and the larger court of public opinion and her mother telling a reporter she will knock them out did not help out.
Down –Tom Corbett – Tom Corbett, how could you possibly take the chance of having anyone working as a top aide who might have a conflict of interest? After sending an earthquake through the General Assembly and being a leading advocate for ending corruption in Harrisburg, this is one of your first acts? It can only be described as a bumpy press cycle for the Corbett transition.
Down – Rep. Chaka Fattah – Rep. Fattah’s bid to be ranking member of the House Appropriations Committee was a long shot from the beginning, but not even getting the endorsement of the Congressional Black Caucus had to be disappointing. While the CBC likes to endorse the sonority process so that when CBC members are highest in sonority the favor can be returned, it still had to be a blow to the Fattah camp to lose that support.