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Steelers Lynn Swann clears path: Scranton withdraws from GOP Primary
The Pittsburgh Tribune-Review ^ | 2/7/2006 | David M. Brown & Brad Bumsted

Posted on 02/07/2006 2:08:58 PM PST by serendepitylives

Scranton withdraws from GOP primary BREAKING NEWS

By Brad Bumsted STATE CAPITOL REPORTER Tuesday, February 7, 2006

GOP gubernatorial candidate Bill Scranton today announced he is withdrawing from the Republican primary in May. His decision comes with Republican candidate and Pro Football Hall of Famer Lynn Swann poised to capture the GOP party endorsement for governor on Saturday.

Scranton, a former lieutenant governor, has trailed Swann in recent polls.

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


TOPICS: Government; News/Current Events; Politics/Elections; US: Pennsylvania
KEYWORDS: blackrepublicans; gop; gopprimary; lynnswann; nfl; pittsburgh; rendell; scranton; seahawks; steelers; superbowl; swann
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1 posted on 02/07/2006 2:09:01 PM PST by serendepitylives
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To: serendepitylives

Steelers win on Sunday sealed it.


2 posted on 02/07/2006 2:09:55 PM PST by advance_copy (Stand for life, or nothing at all)
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To: serendepitylives

Go Swann!!!!


3 posted on 02/07/2006 2:11:48 PM PST by MNJohnnie ("Vote Democrat-We are the party of reactionary inertia".)
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To: serendepitylives
Fast eddie rendell has a race now and is probably sweating right now.

Watch for the ugly democrat attack machine to go into overdrive.

4 posted on 02/07/2006 2:12:02 PM PST by Dane ( anyone who believes hillary would do something to stop illegal immigration is believing gibberish)
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To: Admin Moderator

dupe


5 posted on 02/07/2006 2:12:17 PM PST by Petronski (I love Cyborg!)
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To: serendepitylives
Can Swann beat Rendell?
6 posted on 02/07/2006 2:12:49 PM PST by jazusamo (A Progressive is only a Socialist in a transparent disguise.)
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To: Petronski

sorry dude did not see your post put it up at the same time


7 posted on 02/07/2006 2:13:03 PM PST by serendepitylives
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To: Dane

Looks like Chuckie Schumer's staff will be needed to dredge up another credit report.


8 posted on 02/07/2006 2:13:05 PM PST by CFC__VRWC ("Anytime a liberal squeals in outrage, an angel gets its wings!" - gidget7)
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To: serendepitylives

Swann was further encouraged when he found out his opponent would be former Cowboys' DB Mark Washington. :)


9 posted on 02/07/2006 2:13:16 PM PST by dfwgator
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I wonder if some men in stripes gave Scranton "An offer he can't refuse"?


10 posted on 02/07/2006 2:13:48 PM PST by Diddle E. Squat (Why is Tupperware bulletproof?)
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To: advance_copy

I read somewhere today that at the Steelers parade, Swan was a crowd favorite with chants of "Governor" going non- stop until Swan reminded the crowd that it was a day to honor the Steelers Super Bowl win. Rendell was in attendence.

Sort of the opposite of the neverending funerally of Mrs. King.


11 posted on 02/07/2006 2:16:03 PM PST by Republican Red (We will stay steadfast, we will not falter, we will never murtha)
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To: advance_copy
MD, PA, OH

These 3 need to go TOGETHER to Cleveland, Cincy, Philly, Pitt, Balt DC Suburbs and tell African Americans THEY HAVE A CHOICE!!!


12 posted on 02/07/2006 2:17:06 PM PST by icwhatudo (The rino borg...is resistance futile?)
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To: serendepitylives

Today, at the Steelers victory rally in dahntahn Pittsburgh, Lynn Swann was one of the masters of ceremony for the event. When he first went to the mike, the thousands in the crowd assembled at Gateway Center started spontaneously chanting...'governor, governor.' Swann, being the classy guy that he is, deflected the attention, saying something to the effect...'today is about the black and gold.' And, btw, Fast Eddie Rendell was there too...he must have been pi$$ed.


13 posted on 02/07/2006 2:18:13 PM PST by PennsylvaniaMom (Steeler Nation Rocks!!!)
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To: jazusamo

It will be Pittsburgh v. Philadelphia...


14 posted on 02/07/2006 2:18:17 PM PST by ContemptofCourt
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To: jazusamo

Does a bear doo doo in the woods????????????????????? :)


15 posted on 02/07/2006 2:18:46 PM PST by cubreporter (I trust Rush. He has done more for this country than any of us will ever know. Go Rush!)
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To: Republican Red

Found the link to the Swann "reception" at the Steeler parade:

SWEET REPORT FROM AN E-MAILER [Kathryn Jean Lopez]

Lynn Swann was just speaking at the Steelers victory celebration in Pittsburgh (Rendell is in attendance). He was interrupted by the crowd chanting GOVERNOR, GOVERNOR, GOVERNOR! He actually had to stop the crowd and remind them that today is just about the glorious Steeler Super bowl victory !

It is a GREAT day in the 'burgh!

http://corner.nationalreview.com/


16 posted on 02/07/2006 2:19:10 PM PST by Republican Red (We will stay steadfast, we will not falter, we will never murtha)
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To: serendepitylives
At the risk of exposing myself as inept in Football, I have to ask ............... Isn't Lynn Swann also an African American? Ken Blackwell, is a black Republican conservative who is leading in campaign contributions & polls for the next Gov of Ohio!
17 posted on 02/07/2006 2:19:18 PM PST by Cindy_Cin
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To: Dane
Watch for the ugly democrat attack machine to go into overdrive.

I suspect Pennsylvanians are going to be hearing not so subtle code words like "Uncle Tom" and "Oreo" a lot over the next several months.

Some Freepers seem to think that Swann has no shot at beating Rendell. I disagree. Name recognition is very powerful, and Pennsylvania might be the least blue of the northeastern states.

18 posted on 02/07/2006 2:19:33 PM PST by jpl ("We don't negotiate with terrorists, we put them out of business." - Scott McClellan)
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To: ContemptofCourt

Exactly. And since P'burg's fraud voter machine is not as good as Philly's, Swann will have to work harder than Fast Eddie. BUT, we remember the stealth raise and the tax increase and the gambling handouts to politically-connected friends - Fast Eddie has a lot of fast talking to do.


19 posted on 02/07/2006 2:20:56 PM PST by cinives (On some planets what I do is considered normal.)
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To: Cindy_Cin

yep


20 posted on 02/07/2006 2:21:34 PM PST by cinives (On some planets what I do is considered normal.)
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To: icwhatudo

What a nice man. A player with class and dignity and he will bring that same class and dignity to the Governership. Pennylvanians are very blessed to have Lynn Swann running for Governor. Move over Rendell....you time is UP!!

Go Swanneee....we're pulling for you all the way out here in Colorado. We have family ties in PA where my parents were born and we're from the South Jersey Shore as well. Good Luck and God bless.


21 posted on 02/07/2006 2:24:12 PM PST by cubreporter (I trust Rush. He has done more for this country than any of us will ever know. Go Rush!)
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To: serendepitylives

YES!!!!!


22 posted on 02/07/2006 2:27:06 PM PST by OldFriend (The Dems enABLEd DANGER and 3,000 Americans died.)
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To: jazusamo

I think he pushed off.


23 posted on 02/07/2006 2:27:11 PM PST by massgopguy (massgopguy)
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To: Cindy_Cin

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


24 posted on 02/07/2006 2:28:12 PM PST by serendepitylives
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To: serendepitylives

Does anyone know Swann's take on the 2nd Amendment?


25 posted on 02/07/2006 2:30:35 PM PST by stevio (Red-Blooded American Male (NRA))
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To: stevio

strong pro gun advocate


26 posted on 02/07/2006 2:31:58 PM PST by serendepitylives
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To: jazusamo

Several recent polls since Swann announced showed him ahead in a head to head with Rendell.


27 posted on 02/07/2006 2:33:17 PM PST by jbwbubba
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To: jbwbubba
Glad to hear that, Swann is a class act. I don't know Eastern politics at all, but I'm going to follow this.
28 posted on 02/07/2006 2:35:47 PM PST by jazusamo (A Progressive is only a Socialist in a transparent disguise.)
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To: cinives
BUT, we remember the stealth raise and the tax increase

Anti incumbent fever has never been higher. There are no "safe" districts this year, not even for Congress which had absolutely nothing to do with the pay raise.

29 posted on 02/07/2006 2:35:58 PM PST by lightman (The Office of the Keys should be exercised as some ministry needs to be exorcised.)
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To: jpl

I agree with you..I think Lynn Swann has an excellent chane against Rendell....if Rendell makes it past Casey in the primaries. If not, different race. My vote is for Swann.


30 posted on 02/07/2006 2:36:28 PM PST by SueRae
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To: icwhatudo

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


31 posted on 02/07/2006 2:38:32 PM PST by serendepitylives
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To: serendepitylives
great column~!
Not to mention the contrast between how a Black Democrat gets star status with the Media while a Black Republican can't even get respect!
It burns me up ~
32 posted on 02/07/2006 2:42:24 PM PST by Cindy_Cin
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To: SueRae
...if Rendell makes it past Casey in the primaries.

Casey isn't running for Governor. He's going for Rick Santorum's Senate seat. Rendell has no opposition in the primary and now, neither does Swann.

33 posted on 02/07/2006 2:43:10 PM PST by Ditto ( No trees were killed in sending this message, but billions of electrons were inconvenienced.)
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To: Cindy_Cin

thanks!


34 posted on 02/07/2006 2:44:58 PM PST by serendepitylives
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To: serendepitylives

as a die-hard Cleveland fan, this is one Steeler that will get my full support


35 posted on 02/07/2006 2:47:23 PM PST by nascarnation
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To: cubreporter

As a Raider fan for way too many years, and a former Alameda resident who used to witness first-hand the humiliations Mr. Swann and his teammates were wont to dish out to my beloved Silver and Black, all I have to say is... Bravo, Swanny! Godspeed to the governor's mansion!


36 posted on 02/07/2006 3:08:14 PM PST by Tenniel (I'm against a homogenized society because I want the cream to rise. -- Robert Frost)
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To: Ditto

You're right. Thanks for the correction.


37 posted on 02/07/2006 3:09:35 PM PST by SueRae
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To: PennsylvaniaMom

Fats Eddie is a pro, whatever else he is. He expected this just as surely Bush expected to be dissed. Only I think he hoped that Carter would behave himself. What a bitter old man Carter is. No class.


38 posted on 02/07/2006 3:47:45 PM PST by RobbyS ( CHIRHO)
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Lynn couldn't have picked a better time to run with the Steeler victory. It's almost like it was ordained.

I am a Seahawk fan but if Lynn wins the governorship of PA, the loss will be worth it IMO.


39 posted on 02/07/2006 3:54:10 PM PST by ClarenceThomasfan (It's like a plantation - and you know what I mean!)
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To: ContemptofCourt
It will be Pittsburgh v. Philadelphia...

Not quite as cut and dried as that. The population of Philly is 1.5 million and of Pittsburgh, 334,000. Rendell beat Fisher in 2002 by 8%, but Fisher was an exceedingly bland candidate.

Swann can win if he gets a strong turnout from the PA conservative "T" in his favor and a swing of a few percent of the black vote in either Pittsburgh or Philly. Pittsburgh alone won't make the difference. Swann has to get the conservative base energized and eager to turn out for him. He'll have to acquit himself well during the campaign for that to occur. I think conservatives really want to get behind him.

Kerry only won PA by 2% in 2004 and it was that close because the conservative "T" really turned out for Bush (word was the Amish were even voting which is unusual). But Democrats in the cities turned out as well. Assuming the conservatives turn out in good numbers, then a few percent swing in the cities will make a difference.

40 posted on 02/07/2006 5:32:47 PM PST by randita
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To: jazusamo

That's like asking if Joe Torre could beat Michael Bloomberg to be Mayor of NYC. Swann will oust Rendell handily.


41 posted on 02/07/2006 7:37:04 PM PST by Holden Magroin
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To: Holden Magroin
I hope so because Swann is a class act.
42 posted on 02/07/2006 7:39:23 PM PST by jazusamo (A Progressive is only a Socialist in a transparent disguise.)
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To: SueRae

If Casey beats Rendell in the primaries, then I think Swann wins as governor. Casey is a colorless clone of his father, without the charisma of Rendell.


43 posted on 02/08/2006 4:42:56 AM PST by cinives (On some planets what I do is considered normal.)
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45 posted on 02/08/2006 4:50:00 AM PST by maggief (and the dessert cart rolls on ...)
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To: Dane

Yes, but Fast Eddie is a Philly Eagles fan and you know what losers they are! If he starts a mudslinging match with Swann, I know who has the most ammunition in that fight.


46 posted on 02/08/2006 4:53:06 AM PST by kittymyrib
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To: randita

But the reality is that there is a lot of racism still left in the "T"...they may like Swann as a player, but damned if they are going to vote for him as a gov.


47 posted on 02/08/2006 6:16:48 AM PST by ContemptofCourt
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To: ContemptofCourt
But the reality is that there is a lot of racism still left in the "T"...they may like Swann as a player, but damned if they are going to vote for him as a gov.

I live in the right top of the "T" and I don't see any racism to speak of. Of course, you can't see what's in people's hearts. There really is not much racial tension in PA -- in cities, suburbs or rural areas as compared to places like Cincinnati ( it was my misfortune to be in that city during a race riot several years ago). Second Amendment rights are one of the biggest issues in the "T" and if it's a choice between Rendell and Swann, they'll go for Swann on that issue alone.

48 posted on 02/08/2006 9:24:29 AM PST by randita
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To: serendepitylives

I think his endorsement of Jim Matthews (Montgomery County) as his running mate for Lt. Gov. is pure genius! (Jim Matthews is Chris Matthews'( yes, the host of Hardball) brother.


49 posted on 02/08/2006 10:56:20 AM PST by Ike (Show solidarity with the Iraqis and end voter fraud: enact "blue finger" legislation!)
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To: Ike

best strategic move i have seen in this whole lead up to the endorsement


50 posted on 02/08/2006 11:40:19 AM PST by serendepitylives
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