January 20, 2006


Pennsylvania Governor: Rendell-Swann a Toss-up (January 19, 2006, RasmussenReports.com)

Our latest poll of the race for Pennsylvania governor shows Republican Lynn Swann, the former receiver for the Pittsburgh Steelers, narrowly leading Democratic Governor Ed Rendell 45% to 43%.

Fifty-four percent (54%) of voters view Swann favorably; 47% view Rendell favorably.

That favorability rate seems awfully low for Mr. Swann given that he's a football hero who hasn't had time yet to alienate anyone politically. Though, perhaps it's just a function of low name recognition--he retired some time ago.

Posted by Orrin Judd at January 20, 2006 8:13 AM

Swann's background is different than many other prominent black politicians today - he grew up in CA, went to USC, studied ballet, and has never been rough around the edges. He is more like Condi Rice in that regard. I could see Ken Blackwell or even Michael Steele sticking it to Al Sharpton or Jesse Jackson, but Swann is different. I doubt if he is the kind of guy to go on "The Best Damn Sports Show".

He will be a force against Rendell, who has a kind of political charisma, but also has the stink of being a long-time pol who does what he wants. Rendell signed a pay raise for state officials last summer that roiled the electorate. It was repealed in the fall, but now some in the PA government have talked about 'getting' the media. Plus, Rendell has a nutcase for Lt. Gov., who has gone to military funerals to make points about protesting the war in Iraq. At the last one, she was lucky not to be physically thrown out. No word yet on whether Rendell is going to drop her (it would cause problems with the hard left, which is already mad because Barbara Hafer was held back from running against Santorum for US Senate).

Posted by: jim hamlen at January 20, 2006 8:50 AM

Once you get outside the big media markets in the Northeast and on the Pacific Coast, celebrity seems to count for less among voters. But it would be interesting to see how the breakdown for Swann's popularity went in the eastern and western halves of the state (and if a Steelers Super Bowl title might actually boost the popularity of ex-Steelers as well later in the year).

Posted by: John at January 20, 2006 9:22 AM

John's right--why would an Eagles fan express a positive view of Swann at this point?

Posted by: b at January 20, 2006 11:31 AM

John is right. They shoulda got Harold Carmichael to run, this thing would be over.

Posted by: joe shropshire at January 20, 2006 2:05 PM

It's a good thing we women got the vote. Men are so childish, they'd vote for a candidate just because he used to play for their favorite team.

Posted by: erp at January 20, 2006 4:30 PM

I have some friends from Philly, and they say that in the 70s everyone in the state was a Steeler fan.

Heck, in NY in hte mid-to-late 70s when the Giants and Jets were terrible most kids I knew either rooted for the Steelers or the Cowboys.

Posted by: Jim in Chicago at January 20, 2006 4:35 PM

If the cheerleaders ran we'd vote for them though.

Posted by: oj at January 20, 2006 4:39 PM

Even the lesbian drug addicts from the Panthers, who got busted for living it up in a bathroom stall?

Actually, the Eagles fan base ends about 90 miles outside Philly - the rest of the state is Steeler Country.

Posted by: jim hamlen at January 20, 2006 5:28 PM


Posted by: oj at January 20, 2006 5:54 PM

erp: we're nowhere near that childish. We only vote for guys who used to play for our favorite teams that kicked the Dallas Cowboys' @$$es, in two Super Bowls, thereby restoring justice to the universe, and defending righteousness and honor from all who would defile them. It's a very grownup kind of deal.

Posted by: joe shropshire at January 20, 2006 6:16 PM

Anyone who doesn't know who Swann is shouldn't have their vote counted.

Posted by: Genecis at January 20, 2006 8:55 PM