Clout: Endorsed by Giuliani, Palin, Toomey says, Thanks, Rudy

Sarah Palin endorsed Pat Toomey for Senate. His response? He never mentioned her name.
Sarah Palin endorsed Pat Toomey for Senate. His response? He never mentioned her name.
Posted: October 22, 2010

FORMER Alaska Gov.

Sarah Palin was the Republican nominee for vice president in 2008.

Former New York City Mayor Rudy Giuliani didn't win a single presidential primary that year.

The GOP celebrities both threw their weight this week behind former U.S. Rep. Pat Toomey's run for the U.S. Senate - Palin in a Facebook post Tuesday and Giuliani in an endorsement event in Blue Bell today.

Toomey's campaign yesterday touted Giuliani as a "major endorsement," heaping praise on the New Yorker. Toomey, however, didn't seem capable of saying Palin's name when asked about her at a debate Wednesday or on national television yesterday.

Speaking on NBC's "The Today Show" right after his Democratic opponent, U.S. Rep. Joe Sestak, of Delaware County, Toomey repeated his bland debate talking points that he is happy to have endorsements from Republicans, Democrats and independents.

While trying to tie Sestak to U.S. House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, Toomey also complained that Sestak was linking him to Palin.

"Joe Sestak can't defend his own record so he wants to run against somebody else," Toomey said. "He's not going to be able to get away with that."

The Palin endorsement started strange and just kept getting weirder. She took to Twitter Tuesday to tell her legion of followers to back the Republican candidate in Pennsylvania.

Minor hiccup: Palin incorrectly named John Raese as the candidate. Raese is the Republican running for the Senate in West Virginia against Democratic Gov. Joe Manchin.

Not to worry. Palin deleted her erroneous endorsement and put up a revised version, then went on Facebook to endorse Toomey and Raese and a bunch of other conservative candidates.

A Quinnipiac University poll released yesterday called the Senate race a "statistical dead heat" with Toomey leading Sestak, 48 to 46 percent among likely voters.

Pints, politics, & familiar faces

PhillyClout spotted a familiar face this week in a political crowd at a local watering hole.

There was former Philadelphia Police Commissioner John Timoney, who left the top police job in Miami late last year, sitting with pals at the Irish Pub. He was waiting for an appearance by state Attorney General Tom Corbett, the Republican nominee for governor, who was campaigning with New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie.

We wondered if a Pennsylvania State Police job or some other post in a potential Corbett administration was in the future for Timoney, who is teaching this semester at Harvard University.

Timoney laughed off our suggestion that he would look good in a Smokey the Bear hat. We last ran into Timoney at a breakfast for Vice President Joe Biden in November, amid rumors he was up for a big-time federal job.

Timoney called us conspiracy theorists. We plead guilty.

So what's next for Timoney?

"That's the best question," he replied. "The answer is I don't know. I will grow up in January and make a decision."

That's the same month the next governor of Pennsylvania takes office. So we asked Corbett, who served with Timoney on the Pennsylvania Commission on Crime and Delinquency during Gov. Tom Ridge's administration, if the former commissioner might find a role in his administration if he wins the Nov. 2 general election.

"I think he'd be somebody to talk to," Corbett told us.

Rubin, not Saidel, vs. O'Neill?

It looks as if Councilman Brian O'Neill may have to defend his seat against a Democratic challenge next year.

Bill Rubin, who works for the City Commissioners and serves as vice chairman of the Pension Board, is seriously considering a run for Council's 10th District in Northeast Philadelphia, PhillyClout had heard.

O'Neill, a Republican, has held the seat for 30 years.

A "Draft Bill Rubin" Facebook page is already up, declaring: "Time for change in the Northeast. Let's get one of our own to represent our true interests."

Rubin declined to comment.

Not that long ago, Democrats were encouraging former City Controller Jonathan Saidel - who lost a bid for lieutenant governor earlier this year - to run in the 10th. But Saidel said it was unlikely he'd get into the race.

"I would be extremely surprised if I ran. I would be very surprised if you saw my name on a ballot in 2011," said Saidel, who didn't rule out a mayoral run in 2015.

O'Neill said he was aware that Rubin might run. He said he plans to run for re-election and is focused on his own campaign.

Quotable:

"There's a lot of rancor out there. I don't believe I'm part of that rancor. I don't believe that I've participated in that at all."

- Tom Corbett, Republican gubernatorial candidate, when asked in a debate this week if he is partly to blame for voters' feeling alienated in the political process.

Staff writer Catherine Lucey contributed to this report.

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