Skip to comments.Former Steeler Swann's political bliss may soon pass
Posted on 02/04/2006 4:23:50 PM PST by serendepitylives
Former Steeler Swann's political bliss may soon pass
Saturday, February 4, 2006
HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) - If 2006 ends for Lynn Swann as well as it started, he's sure to be Pennsylvania's next chief executive and Gov. Rendell will go down in political history as One-term Ed.
In January, Swann swiftly amassed more than enough unofficial support in regional caucuses of the Republican State Committee to clinch the committee's endorsement for the GOP gubernatorial nomination next Saturday.
The former Pittsburgh Steeler reached that mark just as his old team was heading for another Super Bowl game and Steeler-mania was sweeping the state. Even Mick Jagger, lead singer of the Rolling Stones star of the Super Bowl's halftime show complimented Swann before a horde of reporters in Detroit as he admiringly recalled the wide receiver's graceful athletic style.
But Swann's bliss could be short-lived.
(Excerpt) Read more at pittsburghlive.com ...
Wishful thinking. The libs are running scared because they know that Swann could very well win.
the unnamed AP writer would seem to be in Rendell's camp, cheering on Scranton to give the GOP problems.
Media just can't resist editorializing!
yeah pretty biased story-make sure you check out my column tomorrow morning on the Swann race-I will post it around 10:00am
check out my column in the morning here is the link it will post around midnight-called principle trumps color
"Swann has really not been tested at the podium, so to speak," said Canton lawyer Matthew Brann, chairman of the state committee's northeast caucus, which represents Scranton's home turf and supported him for the endorsement by a lopsided margin.
No problem, Swann will grow and become stronger in the primary with Scranton. Scranton will be the ex NFL player's "practice team." Swann will be the better for it when he goes against the Democrat's gov. candidate.
Terry Madonna, the Dem used as a political analyst by WGAL-TV locally and who sometimes is on other TV programs, has tried the same spin lately. I see Swann as having the upper hand because the Ridge people (perhaps with Rove and the President behind the scenes, my speculation) got to the pro-life, conservative minority on State Committee first with Swann telling them he's pro-life. That's all it took.
The old establishment types who love Scranton are left holding the bag. State Committee meets next Saturday with a Swann endorsement likely. Scranton's people are still trying, but they are in serious trouble. Swann is the outsider here and can probably beat Ed "I signed the big legislative pay raise" Rendell.
Whatever. The left is going to lose another one..
Wow. what a factoid. Unopposed people endorsed by the party are the nominee. Who'd a thunk it?
The only two point worth considering is that Rendell has raised 12 million to Swann's 1.5 million. However, Swann started raising funds recently, while Rendell has probably been raising funds since the last election. Add to that the fact that Rendell has a bad name now, and Swann is popular, and it becomes a lot more interesting.
I sent Mr. Swann's campaign a donation, and urge all Freepers to do the same. We can turn PA into a red state if we can defeat Rendell and his corupt Philly-based political machine.
Ed Rendell is vulnerable to an African-American conservative. I know it, he knows it, and so should the vast majority of Pennsylvanians.
Who carried Ed to Harrisburg? African-Americans in Philly and Pittsburgh. Lynn Swann can split that vote with appeals to a socially conservative agenda that reflects the values of many African-Americans here.
Ahhh...the gears of the DNCmedia are cranking up. What an interesting year we're going to have her in PA! Let the games begin!
From the tone of the article, I believe they see Mr. Swann as a force to be reckoned with and are now running scared. Alot of free publicity and fond rememberances of number 88's exploits with the earlier Super Bowl Steeler teams. Scranton appears to not have any grass roots support behind him; and Rendell has that non-vouchered payraise stuck to him like Mr. Swann used to have Oakland Raiders. Governor Swann, R, Pa., has a nice ring to it...
please ping me to the article, thanks
A reminder for those outside of PA...Fast Eddie Rendell was the former DNC chair during the 2000 elections. He will have an army of mainstream media minions at his beck & call. Swann's national fame & starpower will gather media attention like Scranton could never hope for. When the Steeler win tomorrow, look out baby!
The evil Dems will spread a rumor about Swann....just watch.....they will try to destroy him!!
Even if Swann loses, the fact remains that he is the best possible person to be on thge ballot this fall.
Presidential results in Philadelphia county were 125,727(R) 524,752(D). In Allegheny county they were 268,387(R) 363,674 (D). I think Swann will deliver Pittsburgh fairly painlessly, but definitely not Philly. BUT, he will be able to peel off enough votes to hurt Fast Eddie big time. And if we get some kind of voter ID legislation in place...well one can only dream of ending the breathtakingly flagrant voter fraud in Philly.
The libs won't know what hit them.
He'll get a boost if the Steelers win tomorrow.
"Ed "I signed the big legislative pay raise" Rendell."
I'd bang that gong as hard as possible from now to election day.
How about Eddie "I raised the state income tax 30%" Rendell ...
I so want Swann to win and to win BIG!
The demonRAT's worst nightmare.
If Swann delievers Pittsburgh, that should be enough to get him over the top. Bush lost Pittsburgh, Philly and its suburbs, but still got to within three percentage points in the end.
Even closer than that- it was Bush 49%, sKerry 51%. What I wonder is, will those manufactured Dem votes impact the gubernatorial race to the same extent? Personally, I don't think so.
This is a fear that runs deep into the heart of both the Democrats and country club Republicans. Democrats have used blacks for three purposes: first, as a loss leader for every other group (feminists, homosexuals), second, because there have functionally been NO black Republicans, as an illicit vote manufacturing plant in inner cities (Philadelphia had over 100% turnout in the last election), and finally, as a method to prove Republicans are racist. The emergence of the conservative black politician will dynamically change the political landscape. Country club Republicans also fear the emergence of the black conservative, because they are much more attuned to mainstream conservatism. One thing we should never forget. The citizens loved Ronald Reagan, the Republican establishment never did. Conservative black politicians can turn a lot of blue states red. I don't live in Pennsylvania, but I sure would like to be able to vote for Swann.
Scranton had to fire his top campaign aide when he called Lynn Swann 'the rich white guy' in the governor's race. Scranton and his campaign, and the silent Democrats in PA just looked bad at that swipe against Swann.
"Fast Eddy" trying to pull another rabbit out of his hat?????
(BTW,I pick up the Trib on Sunday morning at my local BP)
I wanted to give you a quick update on the momentum Lynn Swann has right now. In a Rasmussen poll released today, Lynn Swann is leading Ed Rendell 45% to 43%, while the other Republican candidate trails the governor by 10 points. FROM SWANN WEB SITE
What about the four years of bliss Rendell is about to witness ending?
Actually,no they can't,at least not within 50 miles of my hometown.
I've even got my Democrat fiancee ready to vote for Swann. If I could only keep her from voting for Kerry....
Just tell her the polls have closed. :)
Wonder what percentage of that $12 million is Union money?
Principle trumps color
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