Tags: Bob Casey Jr.

Senator Casey, Not Interested in Running for Governor of Pennsylvania


Phil Heron, a columnist with the Delaware County Times, reports that one name can be crossed off the list of potential Democratic candidates for governor of Pennsylvania next year:

Democratic U.S. Sen. Robert P. Casey Jr., who many people thought would make a run against struggling incumbent Tom Corbett, is out.

This isn’t that surprising, as Casey just won reelection last year; if he had any interest in running for governor, why sign on for another six-year term?

Corbett’s poll numbers are pretty weak at this point. Ironically, the move that has gotten him the most grief on the national stage — a lawsuit against the National Collegiate Athletic Association over the penalties imposed upon Penn State University after the Sandusky scandal — is playing well in the state; 52 percent of Pennsylvania voters support his lawsuit against the NCAA and just 34 percent oppose it. But when it comes to his overall job performance, only 38 percent approve, 52 percent disapprove.

Heron writes:

The move by Casey clears the stage for several Democrats to vie for the nomination.The leader in the clubhouse would seem to be state Treasurer Rob McCord. He easily won re-election and has not exactly made it a secret that he has higher goals.

But the dark horse in all this is former 7th District Congressman Joe Sestak. After stunning his own party with a primary win over longtime Sen. Arlen Specter, the Delco pol lost a tight race to Pat Toomey. But Sestak has never really stopped running. He’s visited just about every part of the state, and has been pushing his presence in the western part of the state by teaching a few classes at Carnegie Mellon University.

It’s not much of a secret that Sestak will wind up running for something again.

Tags: Bob Casey Jr. , Joe Sestak , Tom Corbett

Can the GOP Stack Up Against Bob Casey Jr.?


Two interesting bits of political news out of Pennsylvania today . . .

The first is that Ed Stack, the CEO of Dick’s Sporting Goods, is talking to Keystone State Republicans about taking on Sen. Bob Casey Jr. in 2012. Stack has been a minor donor to the GOP in recent years. He is also among the very few potential senatorial candidates to ever be mentioned as one of the most influential figures in the sport of basketball.

The second is that Rep. Patrick Meehan, a Republican, may already have a potential challenger . . . in his former press secretary:

The Pennsylvania political website reported that Meehan’s former spokesman Jack Stollsteimer is seriously considering running against his old boss next year — as a Democrat. Stollsteimer goes back many years with the congressman, serving as Meehan’s flak when he was U.S. attorney and also when he was a local district attorney.

I wonder if he’ll go with the slogan, “This district shouldn’t trust the Congressman; after all, he hired me.”

Tags: Bob Casey Jr. , Ed Stack

Pennsylvania Democrats Strangely Busy During Obama’s Visit


To some of us, this isn’t that peculiar:

Congressmen Jason Altmire and Tim Murphy have previous engagements. Sen. Bob Casey Jr. and Rep. Mike Doyle are out of town on anniversary trips with their wives. Allegheny County Executive Dan Onorato will be campaigning in Philadelphia.

When President Obama and Sen. Arlen Specter land at Pittsburgh International Airport today, Mayor Luke Ravenstahl will receive them by himself.

The rest of the region’s top elected officials declined White House invitations to attend Obama’s speech at Carnegie Mellon University this afternoon, their offices said.

The White House billed Obama’s speech as a follow-up to his economic address at Georgetown University on April 14, 2009, less than two months after he signed the $787 billion stimulus bill. In it, he spoke of laying “a new foundation for growth and prosperity — a foundation that will move us from an era of borrow-and-spend to one where we save and invest.”

Obama’s last trip to Pittsburgh was Sept. 24 and 25, when the city hosted the Group of 20 economic summit. He was in town 10 days before that to deliver the keynote address at the AFL-CIO convention. During both of those trips, elected officials didn’t greet him at the airport — as Ravenstahl will — but met up with him later, snagging a slice of the ever-present media spotlight on the country’s chief executive.

“It’s peculiar, to say the least,” Gerald Shuster, professor of political communication at the University of Pittsburgh, said about elected officials declining such invitations.

If you take a look at Obama’s job approval and disapproval in Pennsylvania, it’s not that surprising:

Tags: Barack Obama , Bob Casey Jr. , Jason Altmire , Mike Doyle , Tim Murphy

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