December 13, 2014 |
WASHINGTON - Is Joe Sestak the Democrats' only hope? The former Delaware County congressman is running hard for a 2016 rematch against U.S. Sen. Pat Toomey (R., Pa.) in a race Democrats see as crucial to taking back the Senate. So far, Sestak is the only potential challenger to show real interest - cheering those who praise his fight, but worrying some Democrats who chafe at the hard-charging ex-admiral, and who would prefer an alternative but have found none. The race, theoretically, should have significant attractions.
November 6, 2014 |
WASHINGTON - Pat Toomey is up next. Republicans won control of the Senate on Tuesday, but as Democrats look to try to quickly reclaim the majority, they see the Pennsylvania Republican as one of the country's most inviting targets, setting up what could be one of the hottest Senate races of 2016. Democrats are eager for a shot at Toomey after seeing him beat Joe Sestak in 2010 by just two percentage points, even with the tea party wave behind him. They expect a more favorable playing field next time around, and (they hope)
April 26, 2014 |
Richard J. Sestak, 54, of Springfield, Delaware County, brother of and campaign manager for former U.S. Rep. Joe Sestak, died of complications from cancer Wednesday, April 23, at the Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania. Mr. Sestak grew up in Springfield, and graduated from Cardinal O'Hara High School, Villanova University, and Villanova University School of Law. He started his law career in New York City, in the capital markets group of Price Waterhouse and went on to practice as a commercial litigator at Kittredge Donley in Philadelphia, and Baker & McKenzie, Brown & Winfield, and Ropes & Majeski in Los Angeles.
July 4, 2013 |
Alan Kessler has shaken money trees for Bill and Hillary Clinton, Al Gore, Ed Rendell, and countless other Democrats. David L. Cohen, executive vice president of Comcast Corp. and chief of staff when Rendell was mayor, moves in the same circles. He even hosted a 2011 campaign fund-raiser for President Obama at his West Mount Airy home. Now, the two Democratic powers are cosponsoring a $5,200-a-ticket fund-raiser at Cohen's place for a Republican - U.S. Sen. Pat Toomey of Pennsylvania.
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.