March 5, 2013
THE LONGER the insanity (doing the same thing over and over and expecting a different result) plays out in Washington, the saner Pat Toomey sounds. And as the freshman Republican in his third Senate year emerges as a leading voice on money matters, the better he looks. Why? Toomey is controlled, concise and sounds sensible. Contrast that with the angry-older-GOP of Mitch McConnell, John McCain and John Boehner. It's a contrast. With multiple polls putting congressional Republicans' job-approval ratings at 19 to 25 percent and President Obama's at 49 to 55 percent, it's a contrast Republicans should note.
December 8, 2012 |
Democratic U.S. Rep. Allyson Y. Schwartz has hired the state party's finance director for her own political operation, an indication the longtime congresswoman is seriously thinking about a run for the nomination to take on Gov. Corbett in 2014. Aubrey Montgomery, whose fund-raising is credited with putting Pennsylvania Democrats on a sound fiscal footing, informed her colleagues she was leaving in an e-mail Wednesday night. "While my time as a PA Dems staff member will be coming to an end, my commitment to the operation we've built, and the reputation we've earned, will continue as I move into this new role," Montgomery wrote.
August 9, 2012
By Harold I. Gullan Much about the compelling 2010 race for one of Pennsylvania's U.S. Senate seats could inform both of the current presidential campaigns. Among its lessons: Define your opponent: Republican Pat Toomey, the eventual winner, successfully did so. By investing much of his advertising budget early, Toomey branded Democratic nominee Joe Sestak as "too liberal" for Pennsylvania before Sestak could brand Toomey as "too conservative," putting Sestak on the defensive.
April 15, 2012 |
So who's the real Republican running in the Republican primary for U.S. Senate? Pennsylvania GOP voters are being hit with that question as two of the candidates in the April 24 primary bash each other for past associations with the Democratic Party and Democratic candidates. It's a charge of heresy that could resonate with Republican primary voters in a year when, analysts say, those voters seem more than ever to be seeking ideological purity. Candidate Steve Welch, a Chester County venture capitalist, has been on the offensive against rival Tom Smith of Western Pennsylvania, a former coal-mine owner who was a Democrat for decades and switched parties last year before starting his Senate campaign.
January 15, 2012 |
Arlen Specter, who turns 82 on Feb. 12, played a significant role in the American politics of a past generation, and he doesn't want us to forget. That, essentially, is the purpose of the former U.S. senator's new memoir - that and decrying "intolerance and political correctness" in Washington, dallying a bit in gossip (he recounts hearing a penis joke or two), and settling a few old scores. He recalls every triumph and every slight, particularly a snub from President Obama during his failed 2010 effort to win nomination for a sixth term.
October 28, 2011 |
In Delaware County, where Republicans have had a 32-year lock on county government, the question this year is whether Democrats can loosen that stranglehold. Up for grabs are three out of five County Council seats, the office of district attorney, and five Court of Common Pleas judgeships. Though it has held sway in Delaware County for decades, the GOP has seen its base slip dramatically over time, from 78 percent of registered voters in 1970 to 45 percent this year, just two percentage points ahead of the Democrats.
August 25, 2011 |
Straight-shooting, brash-talking, big of heart, deep of pocket, Joey Vento was a complicated simple guy who embraced America-first politics, hard work, homeless families, and Elton John. A self-made millionaire, Vento built up Geno's, his loud and proud cheesesteak business, from a dilapidated shop on the wedged corner of Ninth and Passyunk, a few blocks from his childhood home. When he died Tuesday at 71, at home in bed, having beaten back colon cancer but losing to a massive heart attack, he left the legacy of a man who didn't waste time worrying about nuance or consistency or whatever other people might think of him. He gained a national reputation for his famous sign asking patrons to order in English, and cannily fed his image as a commonsense voice of red-blooded Americans.
December 19, 2010 |
After being enticed to run by the Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee in 2009, Joe Sestak was then urged to exit the race by the White House, the governor, and virtually every political boss in Pennsylvania to make way for Arlen Specter, the 30-year Washington veteran and recovering Republican. Perhaps they had forgotten Sestak had been a three-star admiral. The pace was numbing. Between January and the May 18 primary, the Delaware County congressman made 652 campaign appearances.
December 9, 2010 |
It spent more than $2 million on Pennsylvania's Sestak-Toomey race for U.S. Senate, and the Republican it backed, Pat Toomey, won. It staged an elections blitz, nationally, that was part of a vow to spend "significantly more" than the $36 million it put out to back candidates in congressional midterms two years earlier, in 2008. And along the way, the U.S. Chamber of Commerce ruffled the feathers of a few of its members with the aggressive tactics. It left some local chambers fielding awkward calls and questions from businesses unhappy with the national group's work, which focused primarily on GOP candidates.
November 4, 2010 |
Those numbers from Philadelphia did not look good at all, and a ripple of alarm went through the war room late Tuesday. More Democrats than forecast had turned out to vote in the city, so aides to Republican U.S. Senate candidate Pat Toomey reworked their spreadsheets, looking for the path to victory. At 10 p.m., Democrat Joe Sestak was holding a sizable lead in the closely watched contest - until, bit by bit, Republican areas reported in with better margins than the Toomey team could have hoped.