Politics & Policy

Keystone Thursday Morning Update

  • Pat Toomey was endorsed yesterday by the Pennsylvania Fraternal Order of Police in Philadelphia. The FOP, which boasts some 40,000 members, is considered a substantial endorsement.

  • Tom Ridge, former governor of Pennsylvania, endorsed Pat Toomey this morning at Penn State. The surprise endorsement is significant, as Ridge was rumored to have considered running for the seat himself, and is generally seen as more moderate than Toomey.

  • Arlen Specter, commenting on the race between Toomey and Sestak, said it looks to be a “dogfight” as the final weeks before election day tick down.

  • The Republican Governor’s Association pumped some $1.5 million into a political action committee this summer to help bolster Tom Corbett’s gubernatorial bid.

  • Governor Ed Rendell, commenting on the changing Republican Party, said the GOP is being taken over by “wackos.”

  • Joe Sestak has come out in support of Sen. Bob Casey’s pension bailout plan. Pennsylvania’s pension fund has at least $21 billion in unfunded liabilities. 

  • Former Pennsylvania Senator Rick Santorum is calling for a more public expression of religious faith in public life, and his continued public appearances fuel speculation about his ambitions for 2012.

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