February 12, 2006


Former Steeler Swann Wins GOP Nod for Pa. Governor (Associated Press, February 12, 2006)

Pennsylvania's Republican Party leaders endorsed former Pittsburgh Steelers star Lynn Swann for governor Saturday, virtually guaranteeing that he will be the candidate to face Democratic incumbent Ed Rendell this fall. [...]

The Republican State Committee also endorsed Jim Matthews, the brother of the host of MSNBC's "Hardball With Chris Matthews," for lieutenant governor.

Posted by Orrin Judd at February 12, 2006 8:39 AM

Since I haven't heard him speak or seen any of his writings, I can't say Jim Matthews automatically goes on a list, along with Maureen Dowd's brother and Terry Moran's brother, of less-well-known siblings who have more common sense than their famous family members. But I'm assuming the Pennsylvania GOP has not paired Swann up with another Chris, in being a hyperactive lunatic who doesn't know when to shut up (after all, Lynn already had to endure Terry Bradshaw in his lifetime...)

Posted by: John at February 12, 2006 10:04 AM

Wether Jim Matthews is anything like his brother matters not. I simply await the first appearance Ed Rendell, cagey poll though he is, makes on Chris Matthews' TV show. With his brother running as Swann's wingman, the elder Mathews is sure to throw away his booklet of pre-approved softball questions for Democratic candidates. Thus the prospect of a hyperactive, hyper-ventillating Chris Matthews badgering Rendell about corruption probes, FBI investigations, and his ties to organized labor as well as organized crime stand to make the show interesting again.

Posted by: Robert Modean at February 12, 2006 11:03 AM

If Swann's campaign staff has any sense, they'll use back and gold graphics on the yard signs. (Double bonus points for hypocycloid semistar thingies up in the right-hand corner.)

If Karl Rove is a true evil genius, he'll get Terrell Owens to endorse Rendell.

Posted by: Mike Morley at February 12, 2006 4:37 PM

Those semistar thingiies are trademarks, and used by with permission of the owner, US Steel (or whatever company inherited the rights).

Posted by: Raoul Ortega at February 12, 2006 8:02 PM

Raoul: Use them anyway. The lawsuit would be worth the publicity.

Posted by: Bob at February 12, 2006 8:41 PM