Skip to comments.Casey: It's a Go (Schumer on the Spot)
Posted on 03/02/2005 8:52:34 PM PST by nickcarraway
Word was coming late Wednesday that Pennsylvania State Treasurer Bob Casey, Jr. was prepared to announce as early as Thursday or more likely Friday that he will throw his hat into the ring to challenge Sen. Rick Santorum in 2006. Casey has been actively recruited by both Senate Democratic leader Harry Reid and Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee chairman Charles Schumer.
Casey, a pro-life Catholic, is viewed by the Democrats as the strongest candidate they could field against the conservative Catholic Santorum. Schumer and Reid, according to Democratic Senate staffers, have both reached out to Casey in the past week and before that were checking in regularly, gauging his interest and trying to persuade him to run.
Schumer has gone so far as to promise to clear the field for Casey, which would allow Casey to focus during the primary season on reaching out to undecideds and firming up his Democratic base. It would also allow him to save hundreds of thousands if not millions of dollars for the general election.
But Schumer may not be able to keep that promise. Given Casey's Catholicism and well-documented pro-life positions -- which he shares with his revered late father, Gov. Bob Casey -- a number of longstanding Democratic organizations plan to oppose Casey and to finance their own candidate in the Democratic primary.
EMILY's List and the National Organization for Women have been looking for a pro-abortion candidate that they could put forward. Both organizations have in the past been closely aligned with Schumer, and thus far the man from New York has been sidestepping a confrontation. "He's going to have to face these folks down, and deal with his recruitment of Casey at some point," says a DSCC staffer. "But across the board Democrats know that Casey makes Santorum that much more vulnerable in 2006."
Santorum, though, has been anticipating a tough campaign from the beginning -- Democrats had targeted him six months ago as a vulnerable incumbent. Casey will have better name recognition than many incumbent challengers, and Schumer and the national party will make sure that he is well-financed.
But millions of dollars won't buy Casey the kind of energy and personality that Santorum shows on the campaign trail, and that is why Santorum remains a strong incumbent in an election cycle that may see Republicans gain perhaps three additional Senate seats.
I thought Casey was in poor health a few years ago.
Oops, ignore the previous post. Next time I'll actually read the entire article.
What exactly do you have in mind, which will accomplish what electorally?
I dont see Chucky Cheese clearing the way for Casey. He will be bloodied by the leftie challenger, while Rick can hit the ground runnng. No contest.
I wouldn't be too sure, with the defeat of Daschle, defeating Santorum would be the closest revenge they could get-- an eye for an eye.
Well to vote for Santorum I would have to cut off my nose, never mind hold it. so yeah I guess he is "vulnerable". I am not the only one who feels this way.
You would have to hold your nose to vote for one of the most consevative, pro-life members of the Senate? Why?
Gee, Santorum hacked Pat Toomey to endorse Arlen "Scottish Law" Specter and continue his reign of terror on the Judiciary committee. I can't imagine why montag would feel that way. /sarcasm
Casey will get the nod, Santorum will lose in the general because conservatives will stay home, and PA will be stuck with two libs in the Senate. Thanks a lot, Rove.
I agree with your basic premise that no punishmnet should be meted out to Santoum in any form, since he did what he thought was right and politically expedient then. But it certainly didn't help the pro-life cause. Think then, even if Toomey won the primary and lost the general elections, Kyl would be the new judiciary chairman and we would still possess a 54 seat majority.
I agree with your basic premise that no punishment should be meted out to Santorum in any form, since he did what he thought was right and politically expedient then. But it certainly didn't help the pro-life cause. Think then, even if Toomey won the primary and lost the general elections, Kyl would be the new judiciary chairman and we would still possess a 54 seat majority. That being said, h still desreves re-election.
What exactly is the point of electing Republicans when they act like Democrats? Santorum is a conservative, mostly. But, he did stab a very conservative Republican on the back not too long ago. That wound would not heal anytime soon.
I've got the ultimate pro-abortion candidate for Emily's List and NOW: Steven Schiovone.
New York Woman Was Murdered Because She Refused Abortion
Long Island, NY -- Relatives of a slain Long Island woman say she was murdered because she refused to have an abortion. Susan Ambrosino was shot in the head last week and then shoved into a car trunk. The alleged killer, Steven Schiovone, was the father of Ambrosinos unborn child.
Ambrosinos brother, Anthony Napolitano, said at a news conference that Schiovone wanted Ambrosino to have an abortion, an idea that repulsed her.
Casey is a liar and the truth is not in him.
How can he claim to be pro-life and yet support the party of death? He is either lying about being pro-life or lying about being a democrat. And since he is lying either way that makes him a democrat as they are also the party of liars
I pray that God saves and changes him or removes him totally from public life before he drags others into hell with him
Because he threw those credentials in the trash by backing Specter over toomey. Specter feels abortion is akin to removing an unwanted wart. Toomey values innocent human life. Toomey would have won. It was an unacceptable (and unneccesary) betrayal.
Yep. I believe a leading Republican but it this way 'you are either for us or against us'.
1. Read my last post, which I detail why I believe that keeping Specter actually helped the pro-life movement as well as the party. Even if you disagree, I'm pretty sure Santorum agreed, and it seems silly to punish him for it, especially when he's one of the most pro-life Senators in the senate.
2. You do know that Toomey was pro-choice till midway through his second term, when he started thinking of running for Senate, don't you?
Don't get me wrong, I think Toomey would be a better Senator then Specter too in a perfect world, but I think in the situation that presented it's self, it worked out best the way it happened, both for the party and for the pro-life cause.
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