Skip to comments.Steelers Lynn Swann clears path: Scranton withdraws from GOP Primary
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.
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Steelers win on Sunday sealed it.
Watch for the ugly democrat attack machine to go into overdrive.
sorry dude did not see your post put it up at the same time
Looks like Chuckie Schumer's staff will be needed to dredge up another credit report.
Swann was further encouraged when he found out his opponent would be former Cowboys' DB Mark Washington. :)
I wonder if some men in stripes gave Scranton "An offer he can't refuse"?
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.
These 3 need to go TOGETHER to Cleveland, Cincy, Philly, Pitt, Balt DC Suburbs and tell African Americans THEY HAVE A CHOICE!!!
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.
It will be Pittsburgh v. Philadelphia...
Does a bear doo doo in the woods????????????????????? :)
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!
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.
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.
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.
I think he pushed off.
Does anyone know Swann's take on the 2nd Amendment?
strong pro gun advocate
Several recent polls since Swann announced showed him ahead in a head to head with Rendell.
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.
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.
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.
as a die-hard Cleveland fan, this is one Steeler that will get my full support
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!
You're right. Thanks for the correction.
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.
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.
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.
That's like asking if Joe Torre could beat Michael Bloomberg to be Mayor of NYC. Swann will oust Rendell handily.
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.
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.
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.
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.
best strategic move i have seen in this whole lead up to the endorsement