March 11, 2006


Michelman May Run For Senate Seat in Pa. (Associated Press, March 11, 2006)

Abortion rights advocate Kate Michelman said she will decide soon whether to enter the Pennsylvania U.S. Senate race as an independent, a bid that could cause more of a problem for the Democratic challenger than for Republican Sen. Rick Santorum.

Michelman's entrance in the race could erode support for state Treasurer Bob Casey Jr., an antiabortion candidate who is expected to easily win the Democratic primary in May. For months Casey has led Santorum, the third-ranking Senate Republican leader, in opinion polls, and national Democrats consider the seat one of their best chances for a pickup.

Michelman, a former president of NARAL Pro-Choice America, said there is angst in her camp over Casey's endorsement of Supreme Court Justice Samuel A. Alito Jr. She said Democratic Party leaders promised that Casey, if elected, would not vote to confirm justices opposed to abortion.

If he really made that craven promise his father's ghost will surely haunt him.

Posted by Orrin Judd at March 11, 2006 8:21 AM

No way Ms. Michaelman gets in--this is extortion, plain and simple. Of course, it does potentially hand Santorum a campaign issue.

Posted by: AC at March 11, 2006 9:03 AM

All they care about is killing babies and if they can't trust Democrats to do it they'll bolt.

Posted by: oj at March 11, 2006 9:06 AM

If Michelman starts wearing a "FREE MUMIA! button, Casey will have a real problem on his hands. Not that he was all that strong a candidate to begin with. Plus, Michelman can attack the state government (and Ed Rendell) in a way that Casey just can't.

Santorum is going to win this race.

Posted by: jim hamlen at March 11, 2006 10:36 AM

Jim - I also think Santorum can pull this out. I will note that part of this is based on all the political pundits saying Santorum is toast. And Santorum will need to run a good campaign (i.e no more foot in mouth comments as he has been prone to recently).

Posted by: AWW at March 11, 2006 11:55 AM

And it doesn't hurt Santorum to have Lynn Swann running for Governor. He may get a coattail effect that could also assist him over the finish line.

Posted by: obc at March 11, 2006 1:00 PM