BY JOE SHAHEELI/ Being a Governor has advantages not afforded to challengers! One is prime time, most of the time. Where the Governor goes, so go the media. Another is the money game. No matter how poor a Governor’s standing may be in the polls, the money still flows in to augment the campaign war-chest.
After a few initial blurbs, challengers need to do something creative to get a mention in the main media. So we are suggesting Democratic gubernatorial hopefuls shouldn’t count on any polls showing them presently ahead of Gov. Tom Corbett.
Right now, though, the latest poll has confirmed the consensus. Just 24% of registered voters presently approve the job he is doing as Governor. Sixty-five percent are dissing him.
Corbett faces an uphill battle against every one of the Democrats running against him, the latest Public Policy Polling survey shows.
He’s undone by his poor job approval rating. Just 24% of registered voters approve the job he’s doing as Governor, versus 65% who disapprove.
Independents disapprove 67%-17%. Even most Republicans disapprove his job performance, 51-37%, in rating his performance.
Congresswoman Allyson Schwartz (D-Phila.) remains the frontrunner in polling for the Democratic nomination to face Gov. Tom Corbett next fall, but it’s still a wide-open race.
The latest Public Policy Polling reveals 27% of Democratic voters remain undecided on who they want their nominee to be. Schwartz comes in first of the declared candidates with 21% of the vote, Jack Wagner comes in second with 17%. As of now, Wagner is undeclared but has indicated he will make a decision soon.
The rest of the competitors for the nomination are neck and neck. Of registered Democrats, 10% are for State Treasurer Rob McCord; 9% are for Former DEP Secretary Katie McGinty; 8% are for fellow Former DEP Secretary John Hanger; 4% are for Allentown Mayor Ed Pawlowski; and 2% each are for former Revenue Secretary Tom Wolf, Lebanon Co. Commissioner Jo Ellen Litz, and Cumberland Co. Pastor Max Myers.
With 27% undecided and such a wide field that may even become wider, this race is still competitive for almost all of the candidates. All need to be reminded, since Pennsylvania started allowing governors to run for a second term in 1968, no incumbent governor has lost a reelection battle.
Add, perhaps, still one more to the Democratic primary for Governor. It is Brenda Alton, a pastor’s wife and long-standing Harrisburg City employee (notably as director of Parks, Recreation & Enrichment). Alton announced earlier in the year a run at Lieutenant Governor, but with recent meetings and the hiring of major campaign staff and consultants she is sensing an opportunity to move her sights up to the gubernatorial primary instead, especially as she feels she has an edge with African American voters.
For the Lieutenant Governorship, she has already won endorsements by State Rep. Patty Kim (D-Dauphin) and York Mayor Kim Bracey.
Look for an Alton announcement at a fundraiser she has planned at the Midtown Marriott in NYC to coincide with the Pennsylvania Society gathering.
State Rep. Kevin Boyle has relocated his Mayfair district office. Boyle is now located at 7420 Frankford Avenue (Vista & Frankford). Boyle also has an office in Fox Chase at 7801 Hasbrook Avenue (Hasbrook & Hartel). He invites all to stop in with help with any state-related issue or call his office at (215) 331-2600 or (215) 695-1016. His office also provides a free notary service.
Jared Solomon will announce his challenge to State Rep. Mark Cohen (D-Northeast) in the 202nd Dist. of Pennsylvania this Sunday at noon.
Taking a tip from Gov. Ed Rendell, who announced his candidacy for DA and then Governor in front of his old homestead, Solomon will announce from a storefront headquarters below his childhood home at 6601 Rutland Street in Oxford Circle.
A long-time resident of Northeast Philadelphia who is firmly dedicated to serving his community and his country, Solomon, an Army JAG reserve officer, launched a community group, Take Back Your Neighborhood, out of his mother’s kitchen five years ago. Today, more than 500 members strong, TBYN is a thriving organization responsible for everything from block cleanups, to youth programs, to reducing crime in collaboration with local police.
A graduate of Swarthmore College and Villanova Law School, Solomon worked for Congressman Joe Sestak, after public service for Controller Alan Butkovitz and the Pennsylvania Senate Democratic Caucus.
Penn plays Widener University in men’s basketball at the Palestra at 7 p.m. this Saturday. Through the generosity of Penn’s Office of Community Affairs and the Athletic Dept., this game has been designated Community Night and complimentary tickets are being offered to West Philadelphia community groups. The University City Republican Committee has a block of tickets that are available to anyone who can attend.
To encourage you to come to this free event, Ward Leaders Denise Furey and Matt Wolfe will be holding a pre-game “tailgate” at their home, 4256 Regent Square, from 4 to 6 p.m., leaving plenty of time to walk over to the game. Whether you have any interest in basketball or not, visitors are welcome to come over for some refreshments.
The Palestra is the most-historic basketball arena in America and Penn’s basketball program is one of the most successful in the country. Proximity to great college sports is just another amenity of living in West Philly.