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Friday, March 04, 2005

What a day...

Posted by Tim Tagaris

When we started the day, Barbara Hafer was in the PA Senate race to stay, Bob Casey Jr. was unsure, no word from Joe Hoeffel, and Chuck Pennacchio wasn't going anywhere.

Well, at around noon, the stuff really hit the fan. Casey is now in, Hafer is now out, still no word from Hoeffel, and Pennacchio remains steady.

Read more at PoliticsPA.

Apparently the back-room efforts have paid dividends for the Casey Jr. campaign. I suppose its only a matter of time before Hafer is offered the Lt. Governor position for her party loyalty.

Pennacchio website

Casey Jr.'s new website

Posted at 01:10 PM in 2006 Elections, 2006 Elections - Senate, Activism, Pennsylvania | Technorati


On a semi-related subject (see Senate races, Ohio division), have you seen the rumor about Martin Sheen running for Senate in Ohio?

Posted by: bringohiohome [TypeKey Profile Page] at March 4, 2005 01:41 PM | Permalink | Edit Comment | Delete Comment

I'll keep saying it. For the insiders in the Democratic Party the 2004 election has never been about Bush vs Kerry, but always about establishment vs grass roots.

Posted by: ignatz [TypeKey Profile Page] at March 4, 2005 10:01 PM | Permalink | Edit Comment | Delete Comment

On another related note, it looks like Mark Udall, the Democratic representative from Colorado's 2nd district, including Boulder, Denver's NW suburbs, adn some mountain towns, is throwing in his hat for the 2006 Senate race. Most likely incumbent Wayne Allard will be running -- unless anyone's heard otherwise?

Udall's been s trong champion of the environment and the high-tech economy in Colorado, and took a principled stand against the Iraq war after deliberation. On top of that, he is not an insider (sort of) or a lawyer (to my knowledge) but a former environmental educator. He briefly enterred the 2004 race but then withdrew when Ken Salazar enterred. I think he will have a good chance representing the new blue Colorado without the negatives that former candidates have had (i.e. the "lawyer-lobbyist" label) and with strong roots in the west as a Udall. At the same time, I bet the Republcians will geta s much play as they can out of the knee-jerk harted much of Colorado expresses for Boulder ... any thoughts? Am I overly optimistic? Are there any other challengers? And will Mike Miles run again?

Additionally, Marilyn Musgrave, the Republican representing northern Colorado, who got a 51% victory in 2004, was placed on the top 10 endangered list by her own party ... 2006 will be an exciting year especially given the open governor's race and the plummeting popularity of Repub Gov Owens, who sold himself as a family values "moderate" only to see the voters reject everything he endorsed on the 2004 ballot and serious questions emerge about his character that still remain unanswered ...

Posted by: mcittone [TypeKey Profile Page] at March 6, 2005 01:53 PM | Permalink | Edit Comment | Delete Comment

That sounds really good about Colorado ... but what's all this about Bill "God Come To Earth" Owens' character? And this is the first time I've ever heard him refered to as any sort of moderate.

Posted by: bringohiohome [TypeKey Profile Page] at March 6, 2005 04:50 PM | Permalink | Edit Comment | Delete Comment