We have to beat; Santorium, who do you think can do it?
by Painter2004, Sat Jan 08, 2005 at 09:27:21 PM EST
-Former Congressman Joseph Hoeffel: Hoeffel just never caught on in his 2004 Senate campaign against Senator Arlen Specter. While some may argue that Hoeffel lost by less than 600,000 votes, analysts should remember that Constitution Party candidate Jim Clymer took most of his 214,837 votes from Specter.
-Former Treasurer Barbara Hafer: It's no secret that Barbara Hafer and Santorum agree on virtually nothing. A recent convert to the Democrats, she carries less baggage than other Democrats and could win a primary. But without the Treasurer's office or Bob Asher and other moderate Republican financiers, Hafer is unlikely to raise the money she needs to compete in a general election.
-College Professor Chuck Pennachio: I don't know to much about him, but here is a link to his Senate campaign website www.chuckforsenate2006.com
- Former State Senator Allen Kukovich: Kukovich's re-election defeat takes him off the A-list for 2006 Senate candidates, but not off the list entirely. His defeat doesn't change the fact that he is popular with both wings of his party and now he has nothing to lose.
-Congressman Tim Holden: The dark horse potential candidate for Senate is Tim Holden. While he does follow the Klink/ Casey mold, Holden is a more nimble politician and could attract voters from both of Pennsylvania's Democrat parties. However, having defeated Congressman George Gekas and trounced Scott Paterno, Holden may opt to settle in to what is becoming a safe congressional seat... a choice Joe Hoeffel probably should have made
-Chris Heinz: Most rumors place Heinz running for Congress against Melissa Hart in 2006. But with little to lose and access to an enormous fortune, Heinz shouldn't be ruled out as a possible 2006 candidate. Democrats would be wise to remember that only one statewide candidate had a higher victory margin that Bob Casey Jr.'s this cycle... U.S. Senator John Heinz won by 1,484,951 votes in 1988.
-Democratic State Chairman TJ Rooney: Fresh off impressive statewide wins for Senator John Kerry, Bobby Casey Jr., and Allyson Schwartz, Rooney remains popular with Democrat activists across the state. The current Chairman of Democratic State Committee, Rooney has access to money and top operatives. This may be his next logical step.
-DEP Secretary Kathleen McGinty: McGinty has a long resume, having served in the Clinton White House, Rendell Administration, as an advisor the to Gore for President campaign, and substantial experience in the private sector. McGinty is the Democrat most likely to run that most Republicans have never heard of.
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