Pennsylvania Senate Race

As we all know, election time is closing in on us and the Senate race for Pennsylvania is looking to be incredibly interesting. The incumbent Rick Santorum is already facing strong opposition from Democrat Bob Casey, however, Casey's victory in the primaries is far from guaranteed. Alan Sandals has shown that he is a viable candidate in the upcoming May 16th primary. His recent endorsement from the National Organization of Women PAC and the Feminist Majority have catapulted his campaign which makes me anxious to see what happens on the April 8th and 16th debates.

Originally, Casey dodged the issue of debates but has since accepted. With two debates now scheduled Sandals could potentially continue steaming with the momentum he's building. Early results from a Quinnipiac University poll showed that Casey had a 12% lead over Santorum, after introducing the candidates politics that lead dropped to 2%. This means that people were not voting for Casey based on his politics, but instead, because he was not Rick Santorum. The upcoming debates could possibly have the same effect. By exposing Casey's and Sandals' stances on the issues on a public stage, that same drop in Casey support could flow over to Sandals' favor.

I've been researching this campaign for a while now and honestly, I have to throw my support towards Sandals. What got me is his strong objectivity. He's a strong supporter of the seperation of church and state despite his strong religious beliefs. This shows me that he opperates off what he feels is best for everyone, not just his own interests.

He's also dedicated to working for the working class. In the true Democratic spirit, Sandals has spent over 20 years protecting pensions and medical benefits. This type of legal career also makes him a strong answer to the rising social security problem. As a Democrat, I want someone that's gonna be an effective Senator while at the same time be concerned with the rights of America's often trampled citizens, whether it be working class folk, minorities, women, gay people etc. I want Sandals

Tags: Alan Sandals, Bob Casey, Pennsylvania, Rick Santorum (all tags)



Re: Pennsylvania Senate Race

I support Casey. Even if Casey does debate Sandals and Pennachio they won't get enough support to win the nomination.

by jiacinto 2006-03-28 11:46AM | 0 recs
Casey on Casey

At the debates, Pennacchio and Sandals won't have to say a word to hurt Casey -- he'll do that all by himself, by showing just how much of a Democrat he isn't.  Take a look at a recent positing on Booman showing Casey, in his own words: 4/2/183220/7179

by Tom Ford 2006-04-02 06:11PM | 0 recs
Re: Pennsylvania Senate Race

"Casey's victory in the primaries is far from guaranteed."

I predict that on primary night about 30 minutes
after the polls close the AP, CNN, MSNBC ect will declare Bob Casey Jr the winner of the Democratic primary and will recieve over 70 percent of the vote.

by THE MODERATE 2006-03-28 11:53AM | 0 recs
Re: Pennsylvania Senate Race

I'm personally enthusiastic about Bob Casey's candidacy.  Everyone says he's not that good of a campaigner, but I disagree.  Rendell took him by surprise in 2002, and he's not about to let that happen again.

So far, Casey's basic approach has been to let Santorum self-destruct.  As the election draws nearer, Casey will spend more time touting himself and his positive agenda.  The media here in PA is only too happy to help destroy Santorum, so Casey doesn't really seem to at this point need to do a whole lot to further that effort.

by Matusleo 2006-03-28 12:36PM | 0 recs
Casey Dumps Half His lead

Sorry to burst that bubble, but Casey has already wasted over half his 18-point lead over Santorum, and is now down to sub-50% with only an 8-point spread between him and Santorum.

Casey blew 17 points against Rendell to end up being beaten going away by 12 points.  

by Tom Ford 2006-04-02 06:14PM | 0 recs
Re: Pennsylvania Senate Race

The media in PA are just reporting on Santorum's self-destruction. Just telling the truth is bad for ol' Rick.

I'll be delighted when he's out of the Senate and just another resident of Virginia.

by KB 2006-03-29 04:01AM | 0 recs
Re: Pennsylvania Senate Race

I agree, Santorum is going to be in some trouble. I just feel if Sandals gets media exposure he will be able to build off his momentum. Sandals is the better debater and if he gets that exposure from the upcoming debates, than the primary is far from over.

With abortion rights being such a powerful issue, now more than usually because of whats going on in South Dakota, I would expect to see alot of Democrats supporting the Pro-Choice candidate.

by NewtonNews 2006-03-30 04:15AM | 0 recs
What makes Sandals viable?

That he has donated more money to himself than Chuck Pennacchio donated to himself?  Or that Chuck Pennacchio is outraising Sandals outside their respective families something like 107.9 to 1?

Ot that Sandals has received NO County endorsements and depirved Casey of none?  (As opposed to Pennacchio who has defeated Casey in half the County endorsement battles so far?

Or that NO ONE at the Democratic Committee meeting was willing to stand up for Sandals?

Or is it that Sandals was willing to change his principles in order to get the NOW PAC money?

Or maybe he is more viable because his campaign satff is 100% paid and Chuck Pennacchio's is 100% volunteer?

by Tom Ford 2006-04-02 06:09PM | 0 recs
The Sandals Flip Flop Act for Now PAC $$

Sandals, unlike Chuck Pennacchio, favors requiring parental CONSENT for a minor to get an abortion.  But when the NOW PAC came calling, he immediately changed his tune.  Wonder what dance he would do for really BIG PAC money?  Anyway, here's the 411: 18243/7129

by Tom Ford 2006-04-02 06:19PM | 0 recs


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