September 27, 2002 |
The lieutenant governor candidates' debate yesterday was a cordial, question-and-answer-style forum - until the cameras stopped rolling. During the forum, Democrat Ed Rendell's running mate, Catherine Baker Knoll, fended off a panelist's question about a 1994 scandal involving a campaign aide during her tenure as state treasurer. Knoll said she saw no reason for her to accept responsibility for a scandal involving someone who was not a state employee. "I'm not going to let you rewrite history on my back," Knoll told the panelist.
May 23, 2002 |
Catherine Baker Knoll ran a quiet campaign without support of a party, a candidate or the unions. Still, in the end, the former state treasurer overcame eight challengers to take the Democratic nomination for lieutenant governor in a history-making contest. After a neck-and-neck battle with State Sen. Jack Wagner that lasted past midnight on Election Day, the 71-year-old Pittsburgh native with four decades in public service eked out a narrow victory on name recognition, one-on-one campaigning and grandmotherly charm.
May 22, 2002 |
Former State Treasurer Catherine Baker Knoll survived a tough challenge from state Sen. Jack Wagner to secure the Democratic nomination for lieutenant governor, guaranteeing that a woman will hold that office for the first time in Pennsylvania history. With 96 percent of the precincts reporting, Knoll had a commanding lead over Wagner, of Allegheny County, who had the endorsement of gubernatorial candidate Bob Casey Jr. "I know I shall work very well with Gov. Rendell," Knoll, 71, who was reluctant to claim victory without a concession from Wagner, said early today.
April 12, 2002 |
A former Philadelphia lawyer and top aide to former Pennsylvania Treasurer Catherine Baker Knoll was sentenced yesterday to three months in prison and fined $20,000 for obstructing a federal probe into two 1994 state bond refundings. Patrick H. McCarthy 3d seemed stunned when U.S. District Judge Harvey Bartle 3d imposed the prison sentence, rejecting a plea by McCarthy's attorney for probation. "The crime which you committed is nothing less than insidious," the judge told McCarthy.
March 10, 2002 |
One of the most intriguing subplots of the Pennsylvania governor's race will begin to play itself out this week. You might call it "What to do about Catherine?" The woman in question is former state Treasurer Catherine Baker Knoll, who, at age 71, wants to be the Democratic nominee for lieutenant governor. And if there's anything that Democratic gubernatorial candidates Bob Casey and Ed Rendell agree upon, it's that having her on the ticket in November is a bad idea. They won't say so publicly; one of them may end up having to coexist with her after the May primary.
January 28, 2002 |
Only one other Democrat has won more votes in Pennsylvania than the 2.8 million Catherine Baker Knoll racked up in the 1992 treasurer's race: President Lyndon B. Johnson, in the landslide of 1964. Now, Knoll is seeking the Democratic nomination for lieutenant governor. To some in the party, that's a problem. Detractors say that Knoll, 71, has been around too long and is tarnished by a bond-selling scandal that implicated one of her top aides in the Treasury. Although federal authorities cleared her of wrongdoing, the fear is that the old charges could be a distraction in the fall campaign, if Knoll is on the Democratic ticket as No. 2. "I stand to serve again: Experience counts," Knoll said last week at a Pittsburgh rally.
March 16, 2001 |
A 23-year-old woodcrafter took his life yesterday with what police said might have been the same gun he used to kill his supervisor the night before at the Knoll Inc. furniture-manufacturing plant, which employs many residents of this northwestern Montgomery County community. Michael J. Tompkins of nearby East Greenville, whom acquaintances described as "nice" and "clean-cut," was found dead inside his aqua 2000-model Mitsubishi Eclipse early yesterday morning of what appeared to be a self-inflicted gunshot wound to the chest, police said.
November 20, 2000 |
The Eastern Express arrived at its final destination right on time. The top-ranked Vikings field hockey team registered three goals in a span of 2 minutes, 19 seconds in the second half and sailed to its second consecutive NJSIAA state Group 4 championship with a 5-0 rout of Morris Knolls yesterday at the College of New Jersey. "Coaches [Danyle] Heilig and Gail [Shelly] always call us the Eastern Express because we always pick it up in the second half," sophomore Shaun Banta said.
November 8, 2000 |
Let the 2002 race for Pennsylvania governor begin! Two likely contenders stepped closer to that race last night, winning re-election campaigns to Pennsylvania row offices. A third potential candidate, Republican state Treasurer Barbara Hafer, might be able to join them. She was in a tie with longtime Democratic rival Catherine Baker Knoll, but appeared to be gaining ground early today. Auditor General Bob Casey Jr. and Attorney General Mike Fisher beat back challenges to win second four-year terms.
October 18, 2000
A political rivalry can be a good thing. It can bring clarity and spice to dull races. But the contest for the job of Pennsylvania treasurer has devolved into a family feud. Incumbent Barbara Hafer and former state treasurer Catherine Baker Knoll are at it again - slinging mud along with their reports of how much money they each saved or made for the commonwealth. The Hafer-Knoll smackdowns first started when Knoll was treasurer and Hafer was auditor general in charge of examining Knoll's books.