Politics & Policy

Keystone Wednesday Morning Update

  • Joe Sestak is skipping out on the first planned debate with Pat Toomey that was set for next week, to be hosted by the Pennsylvania Chamber of Commerce. Sestak cited a scheduling conflict, and as of now, no re-scheduled date is on the calendar. Battle ‘10 will continue to follow this.

  • Chris Christie, governor of the neighboring Garden State, was in Pennsylvania’s southeast this week to stump for Republican Pat Meehan, challenging Bryan Lentz in the 7th district for Joe Sestak’s congressional seat. This is particularly interesting, since Barack Obama explicitly endorsed Democrat Lentz last week, making Christie’s visit seem the start of a proxy-personality campaign.

  • Franklin & Marshsall’s latest poll has the GOP’s Mike Kelly leading blue-dog Kathy Dahlkemper with a slight edge, 44-38 percent. Kelly, who has donated to Democrats in the past, is challenging Dahlkemper in a moderate district long held by Republican Phil English until 2009.

  • Dan Onorato, unlike his challenger Tom Corbett, is saying he won’t dismantle or privatize the state’s anachronistic government-run liquor control system. So, no beer in your grocery store if Onorato overcomes his polling deficit on Nov. 2.

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