July 12, 2015

IT'S RED ALREADY:

PA Dems' Disarray Could Boost GOP in 2016 (Salena Zito - July 12, 2015, Pittsburgh Tribune-Review )

With the exception of two county officials on either side of the state -- Montgomery's Commissioners Chairman Josh Shapiro, Allegheny's Chief Executive Rich Fitzgerald -- the Democrats' statewide bench is weak, and so is their morale.

Consider the following four factors:

Down-ballot bench -- Last year's midterms and a special state House election in the spring boosted the Republicans' lower-chamber ranks to 120, a 36-seat advantage over Democrats. Republicans also expanded their majority to 30 members in the state's 50-seat Senate.

Pennsylvania Democrats led the nation in trouncing Republicans in 2006's historic wave election, but their power didn't last long. By 2010, their majority in Pennsylvania's congressional delegation was wiped out; by 2012, Republicans held 13 seats to Democrats' five.

Scandals -- Two statewide-elected Democrats, darlings of the party just 18 months ago, have fallen from grace rather abruptly.

Former state Treasurer Rob McCord pleaded guilty to extortion earlier this year in federal court; his forced resignation came less than a year after his unsuccessful campaign for his party's nomination for governor.

Then there is Attorney General Kathleen Kane.

The first Democrat and first woman to be elected as the state's top cop has run her office like a script for a really, really bad soap opera.

Posted by at July 12, 2015 3:55 PM
  

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