Sunday, January 24, 2010

Marino Bashing

The Marino bashing has officially begun!  Everyone has expected that former U.S. Attorney would be attacked if he decided to get into the race and here it is:

The 'Truth About Marino' blog:

Is any of this fair?  That's up to the voters to decide.

Where is the 'Truth About Carney' blog?

Yale Making It Official

Yale jumps into the PA-10 Repubican Primary

Pike County resident Ted Yale will be holding a meet and greet session with voters next week to formally kick off his campaign for U.S. Congress in the 10th district. He will first need to win the Republican primary in May before facing incumbent Democrat Chris Carney in the November election.
While he announced his candidacy in an early December letter to political leaders and activists in the area, this will be the first public event of the campaign. The meeting will be held at the Tom Quick Inn in Milford PA (411 Broad Street) on Wednesday the 27th at 5:00 PM. All are welcome to attend.
Yale is running as a fiscal conservative on a platform of limited federal interference and increased autonomy for state and local governments. He has attacked Carney's support of the congressional stimulus bill and the recent healthcare reform, two topics that could be a major liability for Democrats nationwide in November.

Despite the Republican edge in the district, which went to McCain in 2008, Carney is seen by many as a formidable contender in November's election because of his reputation as a moderate. Yale, however, disagrees: "Carney keeps trying to tell us that he is a 'blue dog' conservative Democrat. The fact is, he votes with Pelosi over 90% of the time, including stimulus and healthcare Carney is as liberal as anyone else in his party: there is simply no such thing as a tax-and spend conservative. Period."
He is also pushing voter contact as a key part of his bid. His Facebook page and campaign literature urge voters to invite him to their political clubs, churches, and community events. "I know I am the underdog here," Yale said, "the Democratic establishment will be throwing millions of dollars at this campaign. The only way to win will be to connect with voters one-on-one and at a community level."

Asked about his prospects, Yale was optimistic. "Pennsylvania voters aren't stupid. Carney got lucky in the past two elections, but when people see an opportunity to send a genuine conservative who really cares about them and their families to represent them in Washington, they'll take it. I know I would."

Saturday, January 23, 2010

Marino to Make Announcement in Pike

It appears that former U.S. Attorney Tom Marino will be making his announcement to enter the Republican primary in the 10th Congressional District of Pennsylvania in Pike County on Wednesday, February 27, 2010 at 6:00pm. Interestingly, Ted Yale will be making a formal announcement that he is entering the same race at the other end of Pike County on the same day at 5:00pm. 

Two questions:
  1.  Who will draw the crowd?
  2.  Why Pike County?
This all gives the Republicans some real choices and it will be interesting to see how it plays out over the next couple of weeks.

Derk, Madeira, Yale, Marino   ...and then there is Carney.

Sunday, January 10, 2010

RSC Central Straw Poll Results

United States Senate
Toomey: 97
Lusik: 4

Corbett: 88
Rohrer: 16

Lt. Governor
Beiler: 29
DiFrancesco: 28
Watkins: 16
Cawley: 13
Johnson: 9
Aichel: 4
Pepper: 1
Sahd: 1
Diamond: 0

As you can see, there was no clear winner for Lt. Governor.  There is a possibility that the State Committee will allow voters to decide in the primary and not endorse a candidate. 

Saturday, January 9, 2010

PA-10 Republican Primary Getting Crowded Fast

Just a few weeks ago Republicans were asking each other why no one was willing to run for Congress in the 10th District and begging Mike Peifer to run against Carney. As of today we have three candidates with a fourth on the way. Snyder County Commissioner Malcolm Derk came out of the gate first but as of today Dave Madeira posted on is blog that he is running and Ted Yale of Pike County announced on Facebook this evening. Insiders are starting to confirm that Tom Marino, former US Attorney under President Bush, will be getting into the race and has already met with the NRCC.

In addition to the number of Republicans deciding that Carney is within striking distance, it appears that Carney and his staff have been spending a lot of time in the District lately. Pike County is still waiting for some real representation though…

The GOP Could Win Ted's Seat

A poll released by the Public Polling Policy shows Republican Scott Brown ahead of Democrat Martha Coakley 48-47 in the Massachusetts Senate race.

Madeira jumps into PA-10

After having heard rumors last night, David Madeira announce on his blog "Could We Please Have Our Country Back Now?", today that he is running for the Republican nomination in the 10th Congressional District. Madeira faces Snyder County Commissioner Malcolm Derk and possibly former US Attorney Tom Marino.