April 12, 2012 |
At least in public, Rick Santorum has been modest about his goals since closing the curtain on his presidential campaign. "I'd like to get some sleep," he said late Tuesday at Lancaster Bible College, during a forum that had been designed to fire up his base in advance of the April 24 Pennsylvania GOP primary but instead became a valedictory. His rest is well-earned: Though he fell short, Santorum's self-labeled "improbable" run as a presidential candidate revived a political career that had seemed over when he left a Pittsburgh stage in 2006 after a crushing loss in his bid for a third term in the U.S. Senate.
April 3, 2012
F ORMER U.S. Sen. Rick Santorum , with his big lead in the Pennsylvania presidential primary all but vanishing with three weeks to go, lashed out at the Daily News pollster on a news show Sunday morning and then, on a second show, misled viewers about the pollster's work. "Fox News Sunday" host Chris Wallace noted that Santorum's lead over former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney in Pennsylvania dropped from 29 percentage points in February to a mere 2 points last week in the Franklin & Marshall/ Daily News poll.
February 8, 2012 |
Rick Santorum said it all as he looked out Tuesday night at the cheering crowd and the press riser full of cameras at his victory party in St. Charles, Mo.: "Wow!" The former Pennsylvania senator swept the Republican presidential nominating contests in Minnesota, Missouri and Colorado - the breakthrough moment that gives him an audition to go on as the chief conservative rival to front-runner Mitt Romney. "We definitely are the campaign right now with the momentum, the enthusiasm on the ground," Santorum said Wednesday in Texas, where he spent the day campaigning.
January 6, 2011 |
Remember Cincinnatus? He's the Roman famed for serving as consul and as dictator. His work done, he gave up power and went back to the plow. Ed Rendell, though? No plow for him. On Monday, the soon-to-be-ex-governor of Pennsylvania said in a news conference that he had signed up with the William Morris Agency, where he'll be represented by the office of Henry Reisch, a vice president at the company. (Reisch had no immediate comment.) Rendell is all but assured of a long, voluble career as speaker, TV pundit, author, well-compensated corporate board member.
March 27, 2007 |
In the Capitol-wide race to improve government accountability and openness, Gov. Rendell yesterday saw the legislature's bid and raised it - dramatically. Limit campaign contributions. Expand access to government records. Set term limits for lawmakers. Shrink the legislature. Change the way legislative districts are drawn. Choose judges through a "merit" system instead of electing them. These were among the far-reaching proposals Rendell presented yesterday as a way, he said, to restore the "public's trust" after the uproar over the 2005 legislative pay raise, and more recent revelations of lavish legislative bonuses and exorbitant spending by the state's college loan agency.
August 16, 2001 |
When Gov. Ridge endorses Attorney General Mike Fisher this morning, he will give a welcome jolt of juice to his would-be successor's campaign for the Republican nomination for governor. Not only should the ceremony in Memorial Hall of the State Museum provide killer television footage for future campaign commercials, but Fisher supporters said yesterday that Ridge will bring invaluable fund-raising help and a chance to unify the state GOP well before the May 2002 primary. "The timing is excellent," said John Brabender, a Pittsburgh political consultant who is Fisher's strategist.
August 7, 2001 |
State Treasurer Barbara Hafer yesterday began what is believed to be the earliest television advertising campaign in a Pennsylvania governor's race, making a straightforward appeal for voters to elect the first woman chief executive in the state's history. The 30-second spots ran during news programs on cable channels in the Philadelphia and Harrisburg markets, and on network affiliates in Pittsburgh, the Wilkes-Barre/Scranton area, Johnstown and Erie, Hafer's campaign said. More than nine months remain until the May 21, 2002, Republican gubernatorial primary in which Hafer will oppose the party's perceived front-runner, Attorney General Mike Fisher.
November 1, 1999 |
This is when we pay particular attention to the man behind the curtain. With many Philadelphia voters still undecided about the mayor's race, a lot of men and women behind the voting-booth curtain will be making impulsive, split-second decisions tomorrow between Republican Sam Katz and Democrat John Street. Undecided voters interviewed during the last two weeks said they were so torn that they were putting off the decision. Some were delaying it until the last possible moment.
February 10, 1999 |
It would be foolish to think John Street supported Mayor Rendell for seven years just for the payoff of an endorsement. But if he had, yesterday would have been pretty good down payment. Rendell endorsed Street in a 15-minute speech that was intense, heartfelt and unbridled in its enthusiasm. Straining his voice and dabbing sweat from his eyes, Rendell praised Street as a committed family man, a wise, courageous leader and a hard-working man of substance. "There's nobody alive, myself included, who understands the process of city government better than John Street does," Rendell shouted.
October 18, 1998 |
Just two weeks ago, he was a little-known union leader vying for a seat in the Pennsylvania House of Representatives. Now, Wendell Young 4th is glowing in the national media spotlight for being the first Democrat to use the Monica Lewinsky scandal in a campaign ad. Tactics aside, does the energetic, two-fisted political newcomer have what it takes to oust entrenched Republican Joseph Gladeck in the overwhelmingly Republican 61st District?...