Chuck Pennacchio - Rabid defender of Democatic Ideals
by TimThe Terrible, Thu Apr 20, 2006 at 06:01:51 AM EDT
So I watched the Democratic Pennsylvania senate primary debate last night and it was definitely interesting. Both Sals and Pennacchio were taking chunks of flesh out of Casey with direct attacks on the issues including gay marriage, the alito nomination, and the right to choose.
Chuck accused Bob of taking loads of special interest money in his campaign, including from the same usual right wing donors as Santorum. A point that Casey didn't really respond to in any meaningfull way. Chuck attacked the positions of the other two candidates (mostly Casey), mentioning campaign finance reform many times as the prerequisite for other types of reform that he would champion such as fair tax reform.
To Me, Chuck came across as the candidate with the most solid stance on the issues who really seemed to believe in what he was saying and clearly and forcefully articulated his positions.
That said: If I could tell Mr Pennacchio anything it would be: "Chuck! Calm down!" He was at times too animated and angry and it felt over the top to me. He also kept starting every statement with "I am the only candidate who..." Which was distracting, I was thinking about how I wished he could relax and be more of an orator and less of a sideshow talker than I was thinking about what he was actually saying.
Bob Casey on the other hand, despite the fact that he has an awkward habit of taking a breath in the middle of a sentence, articulated relatively well the typical Democrat talking points we are hearing these days, i.e. everything is the Republicans fault and we need to fix that by putting in Democrats, without saying WHY democrats would be better. His entire strategy seemed to attack Santorum and talk about how bad Santorum was, rather than why he was better or how his stances on issues were different. Which of course implies they aren't that different at all, as Chuck Pennacchio spent much of the night illuminating for us.
Bottom line for me is that, regardless of his odd debate style, Chuck is much closer to the kind of Senator I would like to have representing me in my state. If he would just calm down a bit and speak with what I think of as measured authority (think Al Gore), he would be my perfect candidate.