October 31, 2006
THE BIG HIT against Bob Casey Jr. is that he's running as the not-Santorum, even by his own admission. Which is not to say that it's not an excellent justification for his candidacy. The fact that he's a thoughtful, smart candidate is icing on the cake. So we happily support Casey for Senate. The former auditor general and current state treasurer has a track record of fiscal responsibility and reform. He was hand-picked for his ability to seriously take on incumbent Santorum.
March 22, 2005 |
CRAVE tofu? Don't visit the butcher shop. Want sound financial advice? Don't consult Sister Fatima of the Psychic News Network. And if you're looking for tips on attracting women, it's not a good idea to take Andrew Dice Clay as your role model. So when I wanted some balanced information about the Democratic Party's post-election move to the center, paging through the Nation was not the wisest choice. A "progressive" magazine that writes things like "the only time the Bush administration pays attention to the human rights of women is when it is trying to justify invading their countries" is probably not in favor of moving anywhere - except Canada.
June 2, 2000 |
I hae a good friend who says that, in the end, we only get one sentence to describe our lives. But it's difficult to describe Bob Casey in just one sentence. Reporters have focused on his fierce commitment to the pro-life cause. Others have talked about his heroic fight against a debilitating genetic disease. There is no question that these were part of the sum and substance of Bob Casey, but only part. Stopping there misses much of his essence. His legacy is much more than that.
February 2, 1986 |
With the race for governor of Pennsylvania coming up later this year, you won't need a swami or a palm reader to tell you where former Gov. Bill Scranton's interests lie this time around. This time around the former governor's interests - support, advice and counsel - won't be very far from the family hearth in the coal region. The ex-governor's son and heir, young Bill Scranton Jr., the lieutenant governor, is the chalk horse to win the GOP nomination in the spring and face off with the Democrats in the fall.
May 13, 2002 |
WITH THE primary campaign fast coming to a conclusion, it is important to understand the real reasons that Philadelphia's employees, all of whom are residents, taxpayers and voters in the city, are backing Bob Casey for governor. It is because we know him so well that we cannot allow Ed Rendell to go unchallenged as he promises to do to the working families of Pennsylvania what he did to the working families of Philadelphia. For our union members, it's not just about "payback," but that's a good place to start.
October 8, 2003
IN A TRANSPARENT attempt to pander to some voters in his campaign for mayor, Republican Sam Katz accuses my father of having "launched an attack on my generation" with one of his 1986 political ads ("Guru ad helped mold Katz," Oct. 1). The truth is Bob Casey did more for Sam Katz's generation than Sam Katz ever will. As a state senator, Bob Casey championed a bill that saved countless Pennsylvania children from a life of mental retardation. As auditor general, he transformed that office from what the AP called "a political backwater into a rushing current of reform.
April 20, 2006
AS FAR as the political pundits go, it's the No. 1 race in America: the mano y mano battle for the junior Senate seat for Pennsylvania between incumbent Rick Santorum and challenger Bob Casey Jr. It has it all. It's has Red State conservative values vs. Purple (as opposed to Blue) State moderate values. It has the slick vs. the sincere. It has two politicians with big, even huge, name recognition not only in the state, but the nation as well. Every poll has Casey ahead of the controversial Santorum by double digits.
May 25, 2012 |
In late April, Mitt Romney hired Richard Grenell as his campaign spokesman on foreign affairs. Grenell is impeccably qualified in foreign affairs but not, apparently, in domestic affairs. He wants to marry a man. U.S. Sen. Bob Casey and I watched with interest as the right wing of the Republican Party, a/k/a the Republican Party, denounced the appointment. Bob employs more than a few LGBT staffers, and, so far, he hasn't fired them. The senator and I are proud of this. But faster than you can say 8.2% jobless rate, Mitt The Presumptive, champion of jobs for Americans, had rendered Grenell jobless.
June 4, 2007 |
There is low profile, and there is Bob Casey. Pennsylvania's new U.S. senator campaigned on a "new directions" theme and the Scranton Democrat has worked on changes in ethics rules, health-care coverage and prekindergarten education for children, and Iraq policy. But the biggest change in the five months since he took office is the lack of noise emanating from the commonwealth's junior senator. Instead of the brash and flash Rick Santorum style, Casey, 47, has quietly gone about listening and learning as if boning up for a final exam.
October 22, 2006
The Case for Casey State treasurer, Democrat, 46 Scranton, Pa. One of the marquee Senate races in the country features an even-tempered Democrat, Bob Casey Jr., trying to unseat powerful Republican incumbent Rick Santorum. Many voters may be more motivated by dislike of Santorum than love for the soft-spoken Casey. But the challenger has made a decent case for change. Casey's views are a good fit with most Pennsylvanians. Having served two useful terms as state auditor general and two years as state treasurer, he understands the commonwealth.