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With 18 months to go, GOP eyes Casey seat (Pennsylvania)
The Wilkes-Barre Times Leader ^ | May 2, 2011 | Peter Jackson

Posted on 05/06/2011 5:45:24 PM PDT by Clintonfatigued

One drawback for the GOP is that the few Republicans who are household names in Pennsylvania are either not interested in running — former Govs. Tom Ridge and Mark Schweiker — or are preoccupied with other endeavors. Santorum recently set up a fundraising committee that allows him to take the first steps toward a presidential bid next year.

At the other end of the spectrum is Harrisburg lawyer Mark Scaringi, a former Santorum aide who is the only declared candidate.

Scaringi, who has not previously run for public office, has been traveling across the state to drum up support from tea-party activists and similar groups. His campaign committee reported a balance of barely $300 at the end of March.

“We haven’t focused on fundraising at all” so far, said Scaringi’s campaign manager, John Haynes. “It’s all about the hustle.”

That leaves a number of Republican congressmen and at least one state lawmaker who have not ruled out a Senate campaign.

State Sen. Jake Corman, chairman of the Senate Appropriations Committee, acknowledged he has been making the rounds with party leaders about the possibility of challenging Casey’s expected re-election but said Friday that state budget negotiations come first.

“I won’t make any final decisions until after the budget” is approved, the Centre County lawmaker said.

U.S. Rep. Charlie Dent, whose district includes the Lehigh Valley, is undecided about whether to run for Senate, a spokesman said.

(Excerpt) Read more at timesleader.com ...


TOPICS: Pennsylvania; Campaign News; U.S. Senate
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1 posted on 05/06/2011 5:45:25 PM PDT by Clintonfatigued
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To: Tribune7; randita; fieldmarshaldj; AuH2ORepublican; Impy; GOPsterinMA; Norman Bates; LdSentinal; ...

IMHO, the most likely to run is Jake Corman, a state Senator from College Station and a former aide to Rick Santorum. I don’t think that Charlie Dent will run, though he would be a credible candidate if he did.


2 posted on 05/06/2011 5:47:06 PM PDT by Clintonfatigued (Muslims are a people of love, peace, and goodwill, and if you say that they aren't, they'll kill you)
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To: Clintonfatigued

I’m looking forward to campaigning against, and voting against, Casey.

I met with one of his aides in DC back in March. This “kid” was so green it was embarrassing. We asked what he did before he came to DC to work with Casey, and he said “I worked on his election campaign.”

Apparently that was his first and only job!

He even tried to argue that Social Security was “in the black” and making money by collecting interest on $4 billion in SS money it had loaned out! To the Federal Government!!


3 posted on 05/06/2011 5:56:14 PM PDT by airborne (Paratroopers! Good to the last drop!)
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To: Clintonfatigued

Dent is pro-abortion, and Casey would use that fact to get conservative Democrats to vote for him despite his liberal voting record in the Senate. As in WV, we need someone in PA who can run to the right of the “pro-life” Dem.

I think that Barletta should run.


4 posted on 05/06/2011 6:06:16 PM PDT by AuH2ORepublican (If a politician won't protect innocent babies, what makes you think that he'll protect your rights?)
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To: Clintonfatigued

We’ve got to do better than. How hard can it be to take out Fredo Corleone?


5 posted on 05/06/2011 6:24:43 PM PDT by Dr. Sivana (There is no salvation in politics.)
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To: Clintonfatigued

A hard campaigner is needed here.

The Casey name is still solid in Pennsylvania, despite what Junior has done to it. This guy keeps his head down most of the time, so he does not expose himself much.

The key is to tie him directly to Obama, Reid and the deficit.


6 posted on 05/06/2011 6:27:14 PM PDT by Erik Latranyi (Too many conservatives urge retreat when the war of politics doesn't go their way.)
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To: Erik Latranyi; Clintonfatigued
The key is to tie him directly to Obama, Reid and the deficit.

Yes, that's the only way. Casey, Jr. is the ultimate "invisible man". He toes the party line but is never seen out there championing it.

The GOP challenger will have to be aggressive in tying Obama around Casey's neck and harp on how Obama/Casey's policies have hurt PA.

Casey is lucky that his re-election is falling in a presidential election year because he'll benefit from increased Democrat turnout in urban areas. If the Toomey/Sestak matchup had occurred in a presidential year, I think Toomey would probably have lost.

7 posted on 05/06/2011 6:46:08 PM PDT by randita
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Barletta’s a fighter, that’s for sure. Don’t know how well he is known throughout the state, but Dent probably isn’t that well known either. I believe the redistricting plan is to shore up Barletta’s district by pulling in some GOP voters from PA-10 and PA-17. I think they’re trying to concentrate more Democrats in PA-17, basically ceding it to Holden for the near term. Haven’t heard if that’s final yet.

Dent does well in a district that leans Dem. There are a lot of socially liberal Republicans in the Lehigh Valley and a fair number of fiscally conservative Democrats as well, so Dent owns the middle.

Wish Mark Schweiker would give it a go. He was pretty popular here when he served out Ridge’s term.


8 posted on 05/06/2011 6:59:21 PM PDT by randita
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To: randita; Erik Latranyi; AuH2ORepublican; Impy; fieldmarshaldj; BillyBoy

I do think that Jake Corman has potential, provided that he can raise the necessary money. Though he comes from central Pennsylvania, he may be seen as a western Pennsylvanian (traditionally, Pennsylvania elects one U.S. Senator from eastern PA and one from western PA, and the other Senator is from the eastern part of the state). Though from Scranton, Casey has been seen by many in Western PA as one of their own. Corman could benefit from the support of Santorum’s following, having once served on his staff.


9 posted on 05/06/2011 7:13:40 PM PDT by Clintonfatigued (Muslims are a people of love, peace, and goodwill, and if you say that they aren't, they'll kill you)
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