DSCC spends netroots money… against netroots.
We already knew that the DSCC had dropped $1 million on keeping the netroot’s candidate down in Ohio: now comes word that they’re doing something similar in Pennsylvania. The DSCC is spending a significant amount of money to ensure a former GOP Sen. Arlen Specter (D-PA) wins his May 18 primary, sources with knowledge of the move tell Hotline OnCall. One source said the DSCC | Read More »
‘Happy Switch Day to you…’
“Happy Switch Day to you;” “Happy Switch Day, Snarlin’ Arlen…” ”Well, I probably shouldn’t say this,” he said over lunch last month. ”But I have thought from time to time that I might have helped the country more if I’d stayed a Republican.” “…’cuz we Do. Not. Miss. You.” Thanks, I’m here all week! Try the veal! Moe Lane PS: And Pat Toomey’s moneybomb is | Read More »
PMA trying to retain lease on PA-12?
In the course of noting that former Murtha crony Mark Critz received 52% of his first-quarter contributions from “[d]efense contractors, local business officers and lobbyists that relied on earmarked federal contracts from Murtha” the Washington Post notes this interesting little detail: Four former lobbyists of the PMA Group, a once-powerful lobbying shop, also chipped in to elect Critz. Murtha arranged for his spending panel to | Read More »
PA-12: Burns/Critz 44/41 (PPP).
How awkward for the Democrats. Buoyed by an electorate that is exceptionally sour on national Democrats, Republican Tim Burns has a 44-41 lead over Democrat Mark Critz in the special election to replace John Murtha in the House. [snip] …Burns is winning over 22% of the Democratic vote compared to Critz’s 10% of the Republican vote. Burns also has a 51-31 lead with independents, although | Read More »
Specter scores a Twofer.
And some Democrats still wonder why Specter’s underwater in the polls. Via Hot Air, here we see Specter forgetting that he no longer gets the support of the College Republicans: But that’s not the best part! The best part is, the College Democrats didn’t endorse him, either. This is like a cry for help, isn’t it? Well, I’m sure that the Other Side can get | Read More »
Oh, great: Arlen Specter messes up… wait. NOT. MY. PROBLEM.
Get yourself a glass of something nice before you start in on the article: it’ll heighten the enjoyment. Even as he accepted the resounding backing of the Pennsylvania Democratic state committee here Saturday, party-switching Sen. Arlen Specter’s vulnerability was on vivid display as he botched the name of a key Democratic officeholder in his acceptance speech. “I’ll be fighting hard for the entire Democratic ticket. | Read More »
Jack Murtha (D): INCOMPETENT Earmarker?
I mean, it’s bad enough that he’s doing it: but apparently it’s not even working. In 2005, Rep. John P. Murtha announced here that a technology firm was moving into an abandoned plate glass factory. Best of all, he promised, the new firm would generate 140 jobs. The Pennsylvania Democrat steered $150 million in defense money to Caracal Inc., along with a $3 million grant | Read More »
Rep. Jack Murtha (D, PA) looking for a soft place to land?
Mayyyyybe: Rep. John Murtha’s (D-Pa.) campaign has asked the Democrats’ reelection arm to write a memo detailing how he can use funds in his campaign account if he retires. [snip] The office acknowledged asking the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee (DCCC) for the advice, but explained that it did so only in response to a constituent who assumed that members could put their remaining campaign funds | Read More »
Scouts Score SEIU Scalps.
Eight of them: Allentown union official Nick Balzano has been a political punching bag all week because he threatened to file a grievance against the city for allowing a Boy Scout to clear a walking path in a city park. Three days of taking body blows nationally from conservative pundits, a rebuke from the Lehigh Valley’s congressman and even a lashing from his own union | Read More »
Scott Ott needs to get one last mailing out.
As noted before, Scott (of Scrappleface fame) is running for Lehigh County Executive, and he’s in the middle of a $5,000 pledge drive to fund getting another mailing in before the election. He’s no more than $500 away from it. You can contribute here. If you’ve ever laughed at anything that he’s written, then you’ve probably gotten at least five bucks’ worth of entertainment out | Read More »
The DOOM that came for Specter.
This has been noted as being almost like a game of rock-paper-scissors: Toomey beats Specter, 45/40. Specter beats Sestak, 46/42. Sestak ties Toomey, 38/37. Some other numbers for Specter: 46/52 favorable/unfavorable (Rasmussen); 31/59 deserves-reelection (Susquehanna). The Susquehanna poll also has him leading Sestak in the primary 44/16 and tied with Toomey 42/41, but that may be the usual registered/likely voter difference. All in all, it’s | Read More »
Scott Ott does not talk down to people when running for office.
Scott (of Scrappleface fame) is running for Lehigh County Executive, and he’s explicitly avoiding the soundbite in this video. You can read the summary if you’re in a hurry. At the end of 2010, the reserve funds are gone. Don Cunningham spent all of his predecessor’s 69.5 percent tax hike. At this spending rate, you face a property tax hike of at least 20 percent. | Read More »
New Toomey ad: Arlen Specter, working for… well, Arlen Specter.
They say that nobody loves a traitor. The Pat Toomey campaign wants you to remember that usually one person does, at least: the traitor himself. Two things: President Obama ripped off former President Bush so blatantly in that speech praising Specter that the former should have paid the latter royalties; and It’s not every day that people are given a second chance to correct the | Read More »
Rejoice, oh state Democrats: the White House will be interfering in your races.
With all of the delicacy, charm and raw political skill that they showed in trying to get Gov. David Paterson of NY to quit. White House Is Taking a More Aggressive Role in State Races WASHINGTON — The White House’s intervention in the race for New York governor is the latest evidence of how President Obama and his top advisers are taking an increasingly direct | Read More »
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‘Hmm, let me see what Rasmussen’s put up today…’ Toomey 48%, Specter 36%
:sound effect of mouthful of coffee being sprayed across the monitor: Uncomfortable town hall meetings are just the tip of the iceberg for Pennsylvania Senator Arlen Specter. He now trails Republican Pat Toomey by double digits in his bid for reelection next year and is viewed unfavorably by a majority of the state’s voters. The latest Rasmussen Reports telephone survey of Pennsylvania voters shows 48% | Read More »
RedState Gathering – Pat Toomey (R, SEN-PA).
This one is of his speech that Toomey did for the Gathering, not the interview afterward: I’m not sure if there is going to be a better video copy of it, so enjoy. Pat Toomey is, of course, the guy who scared Arlen Specter into getting primary challenged by the Democrats instead of the Republicans, which is probably not what Specter had in mind. Such | Read More »
‘A primary challenge from the left would be a sad joke.’
I quibble at Megan McArdle’s adjective: ‘funny’ works ever so much better. After all, the GOP is the one laughing at the way that Specter’s race is shaping up: we have gone from a situation where Specter, Toomey, and a liberal Democrat would conspire together to create a vicious primary fight and a weakened Specter to a situation where… Specter, Toomey, and a liberal Democrat | Read More »
Governor X revealed?
If so, the New York Daily News is being rather artful about it: Meanwhile, people have been speculating with vengeance since we told you about the former Davis escort who contends Spitzer wasn’t the only governor she romped with. On Friday, when Pennsylvania Gov. Ed Rendell‘s spokesman Chuck Ardo resigned, Ardo insisted his retirement had nothing to do with Gawker and other sites putting Rendell | Read More »
ACLU: Election fraud is a civil right.
…that someone surveying the situation might be forgiven in thinking that it’s implicitly permitted: but no, we don’t actually want election fraud to happen. When it does – like it did in Pennsylvania – and we can catch them at it, we put the people who did it on trial. And then, apparently, we have the ACLU wander in and pick the wrong side to | Read More »
Quinnipiac: Specter/Toomey 45/44. [UPDATED.]
[UPDATE]: And if you think those numbers are bad, wait until Specter caves on card check to appease his new owners. His constituents are purely going to hate that. Via Hot Air Headlines, nobody loves a traitor. Pennsylvania Sen. Arlen Specter’s 2010 reelection lead over Republican challenger Pat Toomey has shrunk to a tie with 45 percent for Specter and 44 percent for Toomey, according | Read More »