Posts Tagged ‘pennsylvania’

Salena Zito: Obama, DSCC chair Sen. Bob Menendez, Arlen Specter so far unsuccessful at bullying Dem. Congressman Joe Sestak out of the 2010 Pennsylvania Senate race

Wednesday, May 27th, 2009

RCP:

Word out of Washington is that the Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee and the political wise-guys from the Obama administration plan on “visiting with” Pennsylvania Democrat Rep. Joe Sestak. Their objective? A clear message: Get off of the stage and out of a possible primary race against “incumbent” Democrat Sen. Arlen Specter. (more…)

Pittsburgh column: Former Congressman, Club for Growth chief Pat Toomey likes his chances for Senate

Wednesday, May 27th, 2009

Post-Gazette:

By switching from the Republican Party to the Democrats — after many times saying he wouldn’t — the longtime incumbent has raised the issues of credibility and trust, Mr. Toomey told the Pennsylvania Press Club today.

“He’s introduced a huge question about whether he can be trusted,” the former three-term congressman from the Lehigh Valley said. “He crisscrossed the commonwealth repeatedly insisting he was not going to leave the Republican Party, that he would stay in the party to the end.

“(He said) that it was vitally important that Republicans retain 41 votes (in the Senate) to provide a check on unlimited Democratic control. Then he took one look at a poll, saw that he probably couldn’t win (the GOP primary in 2010) and broke his word. I think that Democratic voters will ask themselves — if Republicans couldn’t trust him, why can we?”

Mr. Toomey, 47, former head of a conservative group called the Club For Growth, said he’d expected “to beat Arlen Specter soundly in the Republican primary, but I had no idea I would drive him clear out of the party.”

 

 

Erick Erickson: independent voters prefer a conservative Republican to a liberal one

Tuesday, May 5th, 2009

Erickson provides further evidence that voters prefer a conservative Republican to a ‘moderate’ one:

The PAGOP and NRSC are flirting with him because Gerlach regularly wins re-election as a Republican in D +2 districts. They forget, however, that Pat Toomey did the same – and with larger margins.

In fact, in 2002, the year Toomey and Gerlach were both on the ballot in D +2, Toomey got 57.4% of the vote and Gerlach got 51% of the vote. Toomey did so without selling out his conservative values. Not so with Gerlach.

In fact, and this is key, Gerlach actually has a more liberal voting record on issues Pennsylanians care about than Arlen Specter. If Specter cannot get out of a Republican primary, how on earth could Gerlach? The answer is he can’t.

Consider these issues:

  • Gerlach voted for the Medicare Prescription Drug Act.
  • He voted for the Bridge to Nowhere.
  • He voted to allow Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac to continue borrowing money from the Treasury.
  • He voted for the mortgage bailout program.
  • He voted for TARP
  • He voted against the right of workers to cast a secret ballot for unionization.
  • He voted against drilling in ANWR.
  • He voted against the same-sex marriage ban.
  • He voted against lifting the moratorium on natural gas production.

Pennsylvania Republicans may not back Arlen Specter

Saturday, March 7th, 2009

NRO:

Pennsylvania Ave:

Pennsylvania Republican Committee Chairman Robert Gleason Jr. said in an interview today that the state party may not support Sen. Arlen Specter in the Republican primary next year — a day after his national counterpart suggested that GOP supporters of the economic stimulus bill could take a hit in upcoming elections.