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PoliticsPA’s Up & Down: 9/24 Edition

Dan Onorato and Joe Sestak – Whether you looked at the PoliticsPA/Municipoll, CNN/Time, Foxnews, or Quinnipiac, poll after poll showed Onorato and Sestak down in the polls with a little more than five weeks until election day. On the other hand, Dan Onorato made a smart move this week, talking about gun policy in Philadelphia and bringing up the Florida loophole in an area where he desperately needs as many votes as possible. Joe Sestak brought in President Obama and netted $500K on his events with the President.

Tom Marino – We had already seen the “Casino Marino” ads, but the relevation this week that he was not authorized to be a reference for a casino operator license application takes it to a new level. It will be interesting to see how the voters respond to these claims. On top of all this, the Citizens’ Voice reported on Thursday that the Justice Department considered firing Marino a full year before he resigned.

Mike Kelly and Mike Fitzpatrick – Franklin & Marshall’s polling showed both candidates ahead, George Will wrote a column about the eighth district race, but Pat Murphy and Kathy Dahlkemper have both shown themselves to be resilient campaigners and will both work hard down the stretch to win back their voters.

Institute of Terrorism Research & Response – Not only did ITRR take $103,000 of the Commonwealth’s money and monitor activists, the organization apparently did a bad job of it.  The Patriot-News’ Donald Gilliland reported that ITRR told PA Homeland Security Director James Powers that Virginia Cody and Susquehanna County Gas Forum were pro-drilling.  They weren’t.  No word on whether they had WMD too.

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