IT'S BEEN AN UP, down and up again week for Kathy Boockvar, the Democrat challenging Republican U.S. Rep. Mike Fitzpatrick in the area's most competitive congressional race.
First, the Bucks County lawyer scored a high-profile endorsement from former governor Ed Rendell. Days later, she learned that the national organization for Democratic House candidates was pulling $1.1 million in planned TV ads that could have boosted her chances. And then her campaign released its quarterly fundraising totals, showing a solid half-million-dollar haul.
The Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee's cancellation of the airtime it reserved in the Philadelphia market for the week starting on Oct. 23 could be a bad sign for Boockvar, considered the region's strongest challenger, and a signal that Democrats are now pessimistic about her chances.