Some quick thoughts on PA-12
Right now I’m at Burns for Congress HQ with Robert Stacy McCain, Brian O’Connor, and John LaRosa. Scott Brown’s event went well. Check out Stacy’s coverage here. I’ve never heard of anything like a local TV station pulling a campaign ad for factual inaccuracy. Wow. The Susquehanna poll that Neil mentioned isn’t anything to fret too much about. Folks I talked to from the Burns | Read More »
Dear Bill Russell…
Just wondering why you haven’t supported Tim Burns in the special election? Surely you know that the Democrats have twice as many voters in the district, and if we want to really send a message to the rest of the country, we need every Republican voter we can get to vote for Burns in the special. No reason you can’t say “Vote Tim for 6 | Read More »
Mike Pence comes to PA-12 to support Burns
Congressman Pence, chair of the House Republican Conference, who’s been mentioned as a potential 2012 presidential candidate was at the Richland Township Fire Department near Johnstown yesterday, campaigning for Tim Burns in the May 18 special election. A quick aside: I don’t know if it strikes anyone as strange to see a political event held at a fire station, but volunteer fire companies in Pennsylvania | Read More »
PA-12: More on Critz’ highly elastic claims
Continuing on this post, discussing the latest ad from the Critz campaign, and the very, very indirect attacks on Tim Burns. The claim: Tim Burns laid off his own workers in PA, and got tax breaks for outsourcing Critz’s camp cites this article from the Pittsburgh Business Times to show Burns’s “indifference” to the prospect of layoffs at the company he founded. The “incriminating” quote: | Read More »
PA-12: Is Mark Critz a fan of Spandex?
Critz certainly seems to have an affinity with such a flexible product, with the stretching claims he makes in this ad: Looking at this a claim at a time: Burns wants to privatize Medicare and Social Security Critz’s claimed sources for this? The fact that the House Conservatives Fund has endorsed Burns, and Burns’ claims in a candidate forum on April 28. This is dubious | Read More »
“Nancy Pelosi’s not trying so hard to get him elected because he’s a nice guy”
The “him” in question is Mark Critz, who’s running against Tim Burns in Pennsylvania’s 12th district special election on May 18. The quote is from Tim Burns himself, which you can watch here. Right now Burns is leading this race, which is impressive for a district with a large Democrat registration advantage. The voters want a change. But this is no time to get complacent | Read More »
PA-12: Russell Campaign coordinating with PACs?
From National Journal via Dan Riehl: A political action committee connected to a controversial GOP consulting firm is running ads on behalf of one of the firm’s major clients, raising questions about coordination between groups that are required by law to operate independently of each other. The PAC, Freedom’s Defense Fund, is running an ad on behalf of Iraq war veteran William Russell (R), the | Read More »
I’m going to keep posting on this race. Next Wednesday Tim Burns and Mark Critz will debate each other without the other 3 candidates from this week’s forum. At this time I plan on being at that debate as well. Robert Stacy McCain writes more about this race here and here. Also, here’s a map of the district, indirectly via Govtrack.us. Cross-posted to Renner’s Here.
Tim Burns and a flustered Mark Critz in PA-12
Promoted from diaries. – Moe Lane. I made a further edit of my video from last night’s PA-12 debate. This clip shows the notable closing statements*, including Tim Burns’s linking of Mark Critz and Nancy Pelosi, and Critz’s bizarre and stunning apology to the Burns camp for ads he’d run attacking Burns’s position on taxes. *I’ve left out Bill Russell, Don Mackell, and Ryan Bucchanieri | Read More »
A hearty endorsement of the Post-Party Summits, from an attendee
I thought I’d offer a bit of further comment, having attended the first session in Pittsburgh. Erick has described it well here. I’d agree with all the comments he cites, and I think it would have been worth paying twice the $50 registration fee for the quality of training that I saw there. The only thing that would have improved it would have been an | Read More »