POLS ON THE STREET: Vice President Polling Draws GOP Comments

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BY JOE SHAHEELI/  Though the voter photo-ID controversy is on the front line for local political figures in this city, it is obvious voters are beginning to get more involved in the presidential election. Case in point was the news this week conservative and Republican voters have indicated they would like to see GOP Presidential nominee select Marco Rubio as his vice presidential running mate.

An Independence Hall Tea Party Association poll showed him with 50% of the poll, running way ahead of rivals Allen West, Paul Ryan and Chris Christie. It’s interesting to note three VP candidates most referenced by the media as the finalists in the VP sweepstakes — Tim Pawlenty, Rob Portman, and Bobby Jindal — barely registered this survey.

MAYOR MICHAEL NUTTER, president of US Conference of Mayors, leads off press conference at national meeting here to distribute an economic report on nation’s metropolitan centers. Nonpartisan Conference agreed with independent findings economy in cities has definitely improved since 2008-9 recession. Photo by Bonnie Squires

JUSTICE ORIE MELVIN GETS ALLEGHENY JUDGE

Another victim in the rule changes that have sent General Assembly members and staffers to jail now has State Supreme Court Justice Joan Orie Melvin facing similar charges. She has been indicted on nine counts she used her judicial staff to run election campaigns for her.

Her request for a  judge from outside Allegheny Co. to hear the criminal corruption charges against her has been turned down a second time.

There was a time this was an expected tradition. Staffers were hired knowing they should be willing to help their bosses win reelection. The world continues to go round and round.

PHILADELPHIAN NAMED STATE GENERAL COUNSEL

Gov. Tom Corbett has named James D. Schultz, 40, of Philadelphia, as General Counsel of the Commonwealth. Schultz previously served as First Executive Deputy General Counsel, responsible for overseeing the operation and management of the Office of General Counsel’s executive office and the chief-counsel offices of commonwealth agencies. He was also responsible for providing legal counsel to the governor’s executive staff and Cabinet members.

“It has been an honor to serve the Corbett administration as First Executive Deputy General Counsel,” Schultz said. “I look forward facing new challenges and continuing to serve the Governor in his effort to ensure a bright and prosperous future for all Pennsylvanians.”

Schultz has spent the majority of his career handling complex litigation throughout the United States in both state and federal courts, most recently with the Cozen O’Connor law firm in Philadelphia. Schultz resides in Philadelphia with his wife of nine years, Michelle Albright Schultz, and their two daughters.

SMITH SAYS CASEY BILLS STAY DEAD

US Sen. Bob Casey’s opponent Tom Smith has created a new website called Senator Zero, in which he notes of the 324 bills Casey has sponsored since 2007, none have become law. But Casey scored well this week when he sided with small businesses, commenting, “Everyone knows that when someone builds a business, and it is successful, it is successful for a variety of reasons … one of the reasons they are successful is that they work hard.”

Casey maintains a double-digit lead over Smith and it is being suggested Casey will eye a shot at the Governor’s seat when his next term expires.  His father was 55 when he took over that post. Casey will be 58.

JUDGE ROGERS HAS TALKING PROBLEM

Judge Peter Rogers is facing a complaint filed with the Judiciary Review Board by the Philadelphia Fraternal Order of Police for “inappropriate and inconsiderate remarks  to a group of local cops.” Those remarks allegedly included racial comments as he lampooned narcotics police officers.

With all the noise in the hallways, it’s interesting to learn how closely people listen. The Judicial Board did not comment.

BIDEN ADDRESSES I.A.F.F. CONVENTIONEERS

A long-time supporter of firefighters and first responders, Vice President Joe Biden was on familiar ground last night as he addressed the 51st International Convention of Fire Fighters at the Convention Center.

ION THE MONEY RACE, THE WINNER IS….

The Democrat Senatorial Campaign Committee raised $18.1 million from April to June, shattering fundraising records. Contributions skyrocketed following the Supreme Court’s landmark health-care ruling, when donors helped it bank $2.5 million in just 72 hours.

In total, the DSCC has raised $77.7 million for the 2012 campaign.

RENDELL’S WORDS COME BACK TO HAUNT HIM

A Republican supported television ad, running in Colorado, Florida, Iowa, Michigan, North Carolina, New Hampshire, Nevada, Ohio and Virginia – but not Pennsylvania – will carry Gov. Ed Rendell’s remarks made back in June.

He commented on Obama’s lack of executive experience and political prowess during a CBS interview, with an aside Secretary of State Hillary Clinton would have fared better as President.

The ad is to air for a minimum of 11 days.

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One Response to POLS ON THE STREET: Vice President Polling Draws GOP Comments

  1. Judge Rogers couldn’t be a racist, because according to a book “The Truth Be Told” written by Paul Grauber, Judge Rogers — and I quote — “ADA Yvonne Ruiz of Philadelphia, early in her career, when the Judge was a Defense Attorney they dated several times, as she went on to state how she thought he was an asshole then, and although many years have passed her opinion had not changed.” F.Y.I. Ms. Ruiz is WHITE!

    Kate
    May 29, 2013 at 1:16 pm

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