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Reader Poll: What Should Jim Cawley Do?

jim-cawleyIn the midst of the battle between Tom Wolf and Tom Corbett, not much attention was paid to Lieutenant Governor Jim Cawley.

Expect that to change.

The 45-year old Bucks County native is about to have plenty of time of his hands and opportunities to pursue.

Congressman Mike Fitzpatrick is set to retire after the next congressional term, leaving an opening in PA-8 in 2016. The NRCC will be desperately trying to find a good recruit to replace Fitzpatrick and Cawley would likely be their top option.

The Lt. Governor may, however, chose to stay in state politics and take on Tom Wolf in 2018. As Governor Corbett’s second-in-command he would be the early frontrunner for the job.

He could also bypass both those options and seek a spot in the Senate by taking on Bob Casey in 2018. Sen. Casey could be difficult to defeat but if a Democrat (like say Hillary Clinton) wins the White House, the GOP could have the midterm advantage.

So, what do you think Jim Cawley should do?

What do you think Jim Cawley should do?


  • Run for the 8th Congressional District in 2016 (40%)
  • None of the above (40%)
  • Run against Tom Wolf in the 2018 Gubernatorial Election (11%)
  • Run against Bob Casey in the 2018 Senate Contest (10%)

Total Voters: 1,356

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10 Responses

  1. @ “Working-Joe”:

    There is no foundation for your viewpoint; indeed, for the past year, I’d argued in favor of his having run for Governor.

    I even told that to Guzzardi while I was encouraging him to run; this sounds paradoxical, but I’d also tried to recruit Peg Luksik when she visited Chester County to speak about Common Core…because it was not difficult to predict the outcome otherwise.

    He is an active-listener and, although I haven’t spoken with him in months, has always seemed to be a problem-solver; he certainly knows the issues and would be able to communicate his agenda effectively.

  2. Jim Cawley is yet one more political hack insider RINO with the arrogant attitude to match. I vote him off the island, out of politics, and and out of the taxpayers’ pocket. Go get a real job, Cawley. Learn to actually bring substance and value to people. Make things. be productive. Maybe be a cabinet maker. If Cawley gets involved in state-wide politics again, he can count me as a strong opponent. Forget Cawley. Let’s recruit REAL Republicans minus the entitlement attitude.

  3. I would think it is time to get a job, not as a lobbyist though. It is time for Mr. Cawley to wean himself off the public teet.

  4. I’m sure HRCC will be surprised to learn they are in the business of recruiting Congressional candidates. Top notch reporting.

  5. He would be a terrific Congressman and the strongest possible candidate the Republicans could put up in that district. Remember how he out polled Corbett in the primary? Some of his other options might be State Supreme Court in 2015, State Treasurer, or AG in 2016.

  6. I have somewhat-strong intuitive-feelings in favor of his running for Congress, despite the fact that I haven’t discussed anything substantive at-length with him…and would love to do so.

    The last time we spoke, @ the PA Leadership Conference this past April in Harrisburg, in stark contrast with his superior [who, before and after delivering his keynote on Friday-night, scampered in/out], Jim hit EVERY person @ EVERY table prior to introducing Mike Reagan @ the Saturday-luncheon.

    Furthermore, when he sensed I had a lot to suggest regarding the gubernatorial campaign, he said he wanted to complete “rounds” and we could continue chatting after lunch; he hung-around and I was provided ample opportunity to ventilate [and he provided his private e-mail address for future interactions].

    He would probably BOTH be a shoe-in for the 8th AND be eager to learnt the ropes; granted, I’ve not been highly pleased with Mike’s having voted lock-step with Boehner [and would “risk” his successor following in these footsteps], but I’d be willing to accept the “risk” [and hope that, being his own boss, he would be responsive to reason/knowledge/etc.].

    I suppose that, to some, this declaration might serve to dissuade support from powers-that-be, but he deserves an easy time of it…and he could look @ other positions thereafter from a posture of individual achievement.

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  • Understanding that basic education funding should/will be first, what should be the next highest priority for the General Assembly?


    • Raising The Minimum Wage (25%)
    • Legalizing Adult-Use Marijuana (24%)
    • None of the above. Something Else. (20%)
    • Economic Development (14%)
    • Higher Education (8%)
    • Public Transportation (8%)
    • Workforce Opportunities and Innovation (2%)

    Total Voters: 51

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