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Former Steeler Swann's political bliss may soon pass
The Pittsburgh Tribune-Review ^ | 2/4/2006 | AP

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 ...


TOPICS: US: Pennsylvania
KEYWORDS: detroit; nfl; pennsylvania; rendell; seahawks; steelers; superbowl; swann
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1 posted on 02/04/2006 4:23:52 PM PST by serendepitylives
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To: serendepitylives

Wishful thinking. The libs are running scared because they know that Swann could very well win.


2 posted on 02/04/2006 4:28:38 PM PST by facedown (Armed in the Heartland)
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To: serendepitylives

the unnamed AP writer would seem to be in Rendell's camp, cheering on Scranton to give the GOP problems.


3 posted on 02/04/2006 4:31:35 PM PST by EDINVA
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To: serendepitylives

Media just can't resist editorializing!


4 posted on 02/04/2006 4:32:12 PM PST by OldFriend (The Dems enABLEd DANGER and 3,000 Americans died.)
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To: EDINVA

yeah pretty biased story-make sure you check out my column tomorrow morning on the Swann race-I will post it around 10:00am


5 posted on 02/04/2006 4:33:57 PM PST by serendepitylives
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To: OldFriend

typical AP
:)


6 posted on 02/04/2006 4:34:46 PM PST by serendepitylives
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To: serendepitylives

bump.


7 posted on 02/04/2006 4:36:00 PM PST by Sonny M ("oderint dum metuant")
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To: serendepitylives

8 posted on 02/04/2006 4:36:25 PM PST by Mr. Brightside
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To: serendepitylives
TEAM 88
9 posted on 02/04/2006 4:38:20 PM PST by smoothsailing (Ollie North in '08)
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To: scott says

ping


10 posted on 02/04/2006 4:39:10 PM PST by darkangel82
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To: smoothsailing; Mr. Brightside

check out my column in the morning here is the link it will post around midnight-called principle trumps color
http://www.pittsburghlive.com/x/tribune-review/opinion/columnists/zito/


11 posted on 02/04/2006 4:41:07 PM PST by serendepitylives
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To: serendepitylives

"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.


12 posted on 02/04/2006 4:41:09 PM PST by RicocheT
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To: darkangel82; ABG(anybody but Gore); akorahil; albee; A message; andyland; Argh; b4its2late; ...

NFL PING



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13 posted on 02/04/2006 4:42:44 PM PST by scott says (MSM=Morons Spouting Misinformation)
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To: serendepitylives

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.


14 posted on 02/04/2006 4:43:39 PM PST by Nextrush (The Chris Matthews Band: "I get high..I get high...I get high..McCain.")
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To: serendepitylives

Whatever. The left is going to lose another one..


15 posted on 02/04/2006 4:44:04 PM PST by cardinal4
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To: RicocheT
I thought his speech at the Hall of Fame was pretty good!
16 posted on 02/04/2006 4:44:43 PM PST by fish hawk (creatio ex nihilo)
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To: serendepitylives
For 20 years, every Republican gubernatorial candidate endorsed by the party also became the nominee, although more often than not they were unopposed in the primary.

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.

17 posted on 02/04/2006 4:45:35 PM PST by Richard Kimball (Look, Daddy! Teacher says every time a Kennedy talks, a Republican gets a house seat!)
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To: serendepitylives

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.

http://swannforgovernor.com/


18 posted on 02/04/2006 4:55:04 PM PST by massadvj
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To: Richard Kimball

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.


19 posted on 02/04/2006 4:56:56 PM PST by MCPO Airdale
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To: serendepitylives

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!


20 posted on 02/04/2006 4:59:37 PM PST by Sisku Hanne (Happy 2006...The Year of the Black Conservative!)
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To: serendepitylives

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...


21 posted on 02/04/2006 5:00:07 PM PST by PennsylvaniaMom (Its Polamalu, pahmahlu, its Polamalu do do dododo do...)
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To: serendepitylives

please ping me to the article, thanks


22 posted on 02/04/2006 5:03:50 PM PST by EDINVA
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To: Sisku Hanne

oh yeah!


23 posted on 02/04/2006 5:04:55 PM PST by serendepitylives
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To: EDINVA

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!


24 posted on 02/04/2006 5:07:28 PM PST by Sisku Hanne (Happy 2006...The Year of the Black Conservative!)
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To: Mo1; Petronski


Your thoughts?


25 posted on 02/04/2006 5:09:01 PM PST by onyx
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To: serendepitylives
"Lt. Gov. Bill Scranton, is urging the committee not to take sides in the race."

wonder why....


never mind:

"the caucuses showed that a clear majority of the state GOP's senior leaders prefer him over Scranton."


Scraton and Eddie baby both know that Swann can win. They saw what we did with Toomey....they know Swann can win Pittsburgh b/c of football and he calls it home. Anyone remember the commercials that ran here with his wife and the singing doctor for Allegheny General? Swann can win Philly too....he has a great personality and he will take some of the black vote from Eddie.

Go Steelers!
26 posted on 02/04/2006 5:13:52 PM PST by socialismisinsidious (Liberals are all about choice UNTIL you choose differently than them.)
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To: PennsylvaniaMom

The evil Dems will spread a rumor about Swann....just watch.....they will try to destroy him!!


27 posted on 02/04/2006 5:19:37 PM PST by Ann Archy (Abortion: The Human Sacrifice to the god of Convenience. T)
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To: serendepitylives
I still don't understand why his bliss will be short-lived? Because his competition for the nomination won't drop out after Swann wins the state committee's endorsement? Because he'll have to spend money now, instead of later? These aren't problems. Swann will have no trouble raising cash once he becomes the nominee, and probably sooner. And Scranton will only keep Swann sharp. Swann knows how important it is to be tested every Sunday against guys who want to break your legs-- literally and figuratively, in politics.

Even if Swann loses, the fact remains that he is the best possible person to be on thge ballot this fall.

28 posted on 02/04/2006 5:21:13 PM PST by GraniteStateConservative (...He had committed no crime against America so I did not bring him here...-- Worst.President.Ever.)
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To: socialismisinsidious

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.


29 posted on 02/04/2006 5:33:52 PM PST by Sisku Hanne (Happy 2006...The Year of the Black Conservative!)
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To: facedown

The libs won't know what hit them.


30 posted on 02/04/2006 5:53:54 PM PST by b4its2late (Terrorists will either succeed in changing our way of life, or we will change theirs. - Rummy)
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To: Petronski

?


31 posted on 02/04/2006 5:55:18 PM PST by cyborg (I just love that man.)
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To: serendepitylives

He'll get a boost if the Steelers win tomorrow.


32 posted on 02/04/2006 6:06:01 PM PST by LdSentinal
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To: Nextrush

"Ed "I signed the big legislative pay raise" Rendell."

I'd bang that gong as hard as possible from now to election day.



33 posted on 02/04/2006 6:07:59 PM PST by jocon307 (The Silent Majority - silent no longer)
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To: onyx
Swann is ahead of Rendell in the polls by a few points

I'll admit that Swann needs to be tested .. but I have a feeling he'll pass the test

Plus many in PA are sick of candidates the GOP shoves down our throats

The last election .. though Fisher is a nice guy ... he didn't have a chance with Rendel
34 posted on 02/04/2006 6:12:55 PM PST by Mo1 (Republicans protect Americans from Terrorists.. Democrats protect Terrorists from Americans)
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To: jocon307; Nextrush

How about Eddie "I raised the state income tax 30%" Rendell ...


35 posted on 02/04/2006 6:18:22 PM PST by cinives (On some planets what I do is considered normal.)
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To: Mo1


I so want Swann to win and to win BIG!


36 posted on 02/04/2006 6:18:37 PM PST by onyx
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To: GraniteStateConservative
Blackwell, Ohio; Swann, Pennsylvania; Steele, Maryland

The demonRAT's worst nightmare.

37 posted on 02/04/2006 6:21:58 PM PST by USS Alaska (Nuke the terrorist savages - In Honor of Standing Wolf)
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To: Sisku Hanne

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.


38 posted on 02/04/2006 6:35:33 PM PST by Galactic Overlord-In-Chief
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To: Galactic Overlord-In-Chief

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.


39 posted on 02/04/2006 6:57:21 PM PST by Sisku Hanne (Happy 2006...The Year of the Black Conservative!)
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To: MCPO Airdale
Any White liberal is vulnerable to a Black conservative. If Swann is successful in 2006, consider the impact on a "Draft Condi" movement.
40 posted on 02/04/2006 7:00:57 PM PST by Bernard (Only the US government has the time, money and hubris to calculate exactly what it doesn't know.)
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To: MCPO Airdale

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.


41 posted on 02/04/2006 7:11:58 PM PST by Richard Kimball (Look, Daddy! Teacher says every time a Kennedy talks, a Republican gets a house seat!)
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To: Ann Archy
Well, I don't know if there is anything they could say to hurt him in the Pittsburgh area. Philly, well that is just the Phantom Democratic votes...

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.

42 posted on 02/04/2006 7:41:47 PM PST by PennsylvaniaMom (Its Polamalu, pahmahlu, its Polamalu do do dododo do...)
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To: serendepitylives

"Fast Eddy" trying to pull another rabbit out of his hat?????


43 posted on 02/04/2006 8:08:23 PM PST by HarleyLady27 (My ? to libs: "Do they ever shut up on your planet?" "Grow your own DOPE: Plant a LIB!")
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To: serendepitylives
Will do! Thanks for the heads up! :-)

(BTW,I pick up the Trib on Sunday morning at my local BP)

GO SWANNIE

GO "STILLERS"

44 posted on 02/04/2006 8:21:52 PM PST by smoothsailing (Ollie North in '08)
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To: serendepitylives
Although I'm sure you already know this, but...

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?

45 posted on 02/04/2006 8:26:49 PM PST by infidel29 ("We are all born ignorant, but one must work hard to remain stupid." --Benjamin Franklin)
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To: infidel29
Rendell and Knoll can spend their blissful retirement handing out their business cards at the funerals of fallen soldiers.

Actually,no they can't,at least not within 50 miles of my hometown.

46 posted on 02/04/2006 8:32:53 PM PST by smoothsailing
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To: smoothsailing
I saw a sign up the street from my house the other day announcing that Rendell was to appear in town. If he showed, I didn't notice.

I've even got my Democrat fiancee ready to vote for Swann. If I could only keep her from voting for Kerry....

47 posted on 02/04/2006 8:35:47 PM PST by infidel29 ("We are all born ignorant, but one must work hard to remain stupid." --Benjamin Franklin)
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To: infidel29
If I could only keep her from voting for Kerry..

Just tell her the polls have closed. :)

48 posted on 02/04/2006 9:01:10 PM PST by smoothsailing
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To: Richard Kimball
That's a factor that cannot be ignored. While Swann and Scranton have displayed an ability to raise money, with each pulling in more than $1.5 million last year, Rendell raised nearly six times that much. He ended the year with more than $12 million on hand.

Wonder what percentage of that $12 million is Union money?

49 posted on 02/04/2006 9:06:13 PM PST by Shethink13
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To: All; Shethink13; facedown; EDINVA; OldFriend; Sonny M; Mr. Brightside; smoothsailing; scott says; ..

Principle trumps color

http://www.pittsburghlive.com/x/tribune-review/opinion/columnists/zito/s_420327.html


50 posted on 02/04/2006 10:30:15 PM PST by serendepitylives
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