Posts Tagged Pat Toomey

Delco Special Could be Scott Wagner Sequel


While all eyes are riveted on the looming state budget deadline in Harrisburg, the political story of the summer is now playing out in Delaware County where a special election for a seat in the Pennsylvania House of Representatives has become the latest flashpoint in the ongoing internal GOP battle between union-leaning southeastern Republicans and the party’s pro worker freedom grassroots.

The drama began to unfold when State Representative Joe Hackett resigned at the end of April.  Despite having been re-elected just months earlier, Hackett decided he wanted to return to his old career in law enforcement.  That set the stage for a special election which will be held on August 4th.  Nominees in legislative special elections are chosen by the respective political parties rather than by voters in a primary.  Thus, a candidate not selected by committee members has no recourse other than to run a write-in campaign. Such write-in campaigns had previously proven to be fruitless, until Senator Scott Wagner scored a historic write-in victory in a special election in York County last year.

The Delaware County committee members participating in the selection of a nominee for Hackett’s 161st district seat chose a candidate who has riled grassroots conservatives across the commonwealth.  They picked as their candidate Paul Mullen who is president of the Delaware County AFL-CIO and business manager of IBEW Local 654.  In doing so, the committee passed over Lisa Esler, a local school board member and co-founder of the Delaware County Tea Party Patriots.

As a labor union boss, Mullen can be expected to oppose most of the pro worker freedom agenda being advanced by the Republican-controlled legislature in Harrisburg.  Pension reform, liquor privatization and paycheck protection are but three important issues that enjoy widespread support among the GOP grassroots and in the Republican caucuses in the legislature.  Progress on all three of these reforms has been blocked by the labor unions.  Worse, Mullen supported Barack Obama, Joe Sestak against U.S. Senator Pat Toomey, and Tom Wolf over Governor Tom Corbett, making his selection by the GOP even more curious.

The Mullen pick lit a power key of fury among conservatives.  Esler has stepped forward and will challenge the union boss in the upcoming special election by running a write-in campaign.  Her efforts should be taken seriously for two reasons: the Wagner win proves it can be done; and the district is almost evenly divided by party registration meaning this is more than just a GOP intramural competition

Senator Wagner’s election has changed the political landscape in a number of ways.  Most notably party domination of special elections is now a thing of the past.  With active and highly effective conservative groups now operating in the state, a write-in candidate such as Esler now has access to funding, consultants and grassroots workers previously unavailable to such challengers.

The Wagner write-in victory in York County, the first time in state history a write-in candidate won a special senate election, proved the playing field has been leveled.  Wagner was well funded, had substantial grassroots support from the local Tea party and benefitted from a voter backlash over the high-handed campaign run by those supporting the party’s nominee.

All of those factors are at play in the Delaware County race.  In what will be a low turn-out election in a small geographic district, Esler will be a force with which to be reckoned.  The outcome will have no impact on party control of the legislature. The GOP has a historically large majority, but it will impact the GOP caucus.  A small group of southeastern Pennsylvania Republican representatives, out of step with a majority of their caucus, have sided with Democrats on labor power issues. Those looking to enhance worker freedom in the state will be anxious to prevent another member from being added to their number.

And that is how what should have been a routine, sleepy special election in the dead of summer could turn out to be the political battle of the year.

(Lowman S. Henry is Chairman & CEO of the Lincoln Institute and host of the weekly Lincoln Radio Journal.  His e-mail address is lhenry@lincolninstitute.org.)

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This Week on Lincoln Radio Journal: U.S. Senator Pat Toomey


Radio Program Schedule for the week of December 6 – December 12, 2014

This week on Lincoln Radio Journal:

  • Eric Boehm has news headlines from PAIndependent.com
  • David Taylor from the PA Manufacturers Association and Matthew Brouillette of the Commonwealth Foundation discuss what the new Republican-controlled U.S. Senate means for Pennsylvania with U.S. Senator Patrick J. Toomey (R-PA)
  • Lowman Henry has a Town Hall Commentary on Attorney General Kathleen Kane

This week on American Radio Journal:

  • Lowman Henry talks with Prashant Khetan from Cause of Action about the White House obtaining confidential taxpayer records from the IRS
  • Andy Roth of the Club for Growth has the Real Story behind how congress might deal with the impending fiscal cliff
  • Eric Boehm and Matt Kittle have a Watchdog Radio Report on states going to court over President Obama’s immigration executive order
  • Dr. Paul Kengor from the Center for Vision & Values at Grove City College has an American Radio Journal commentary on why some governors may lead the 2016 presidential pack

Visit the program web sites for more information about air times. There, you can also stream live or listen to past programs!

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This Week on American Radio Journal: Pat Toomey on the Economy


Radio Program Schedule for the week of October 13, 2012 – October 19, 2012

This week on American Radio Journal:

  • Lowman Henry talks with United States Senator Pat Toomey (R-PA) about the latest unemployment numbers
  • Andy Roth of the Club for Growth has the Real Story behind the surge in polling numbers for GOP U.S. Senate candidates
  • Adam Tragone and Lt. Col. Robert Maginnis (Ret.) of Human Events handicap the upcoming Presidential debate
  • Colin Hanna of Let Freedom Ring, USA has an American Radio Journal commentary on President Obama’s approach to foreign policy

This week on Lincoln Radio Journal:

  • This week on Lincoln Radio Journal: Eric Boehm of www.paindependent.com has news headlines
  • David Taylor of the PA Manufacturers Association and Kevin Shivers from the PA Chapter of the National Federation of Independent Business talks with U.S. Senate nominee Tom Smith
  • Lowman Henry has a Town Hall Commentary on making Pennsylvania more business friendly

Visit the program web sites for more information about air times. There, you can also stream live or listen to past programs!

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2012 PA Leadership Conference Panel Topics Announced


Four interactive panel discussions to be presented at conference

Harrisburg, PA – The 2012 Pennsylvania Leadership Conference, to be held March 23rd and 24th at the Radisson Penn Harris Convention Center in Camp Hill (Harrisburg), will feature four interactive panel presentations including Right-Sizing State Government; Marcellus: How Shale We Proceed?; Obama’s Regulatory Overkill; and Reaganizing the PA GOP. The panels will be interactive, with conference participants having the opportunity to submit questions to panelists.

Selected as moderators of the panels are:

Right-Sizing State Government

Matthew Brouillette, President of the Commonwealth Foundation

Marcellus: How Shale We Proceed?

Gregory Wrightstone, PA Coalition for Responsible Government

Obama’s Regulator Overkill

Hon. Colleen Sheehan, Villanova University

Reaganizing the PA GOP

Colin Hanna, President of Let Freedom Ring, USA

Also added to the 2012 Pennsylvania Leadership Conference schedule is a debate among the Republican candidates for United State Senator which will take place at the conference’s concluding luncheon on Saturday, March 24th.

Featured speakers at the 2012 Pennsylvania Leadership Conference include Fox News Senior Political Analyst Brit Hume; U.S. Senator Pat Toomey; Grover Norquist from Americans for Tax Reform and John Gizzi, Political Editor of Human Events.

Additional featured speakers, panelists, and seminar topics will be announced in the near future.

Complete information and registration for the 2012 Pennsylvania Leadership Conference is available at www.paleadershipconference.org.

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U.S. Senator Pat Toomey to Address PA Leadership Conference


Joins Brit Hume, Grover Norquist & John Gizzi as announced speakers

PA Leadership Conference 2012United State Senator Pat Toomey will be the kick-off speaker at the 2012 Pennsylvania Leadership Conference, the premiere annual gathering of conservatives each year in Pennsylvania.   This year’s conference will be held March 23rd and 24th at the Radisson Penn Harris in Camp Hill (Harrisburg), Pennsylvania.

Elected in 2010, Senator Toomey has quickly become a major player in pushing a conservative economic agenda in congress. He has authored a number of bills and played a key role in efforts to restore America’s historic free market system.

In addition to Senator Toomey, Fox News Senior Political Analyst Britt Hume, Grover Norquist of Americans for Tax Reform and Human Event’s Political Editor John Gizzi are confirmed conference speakers.   The conference will also feature a debate among the candidates seeking to become the Republican nominee to take on incumbent U.S. Senator Robert P. Casey, Jr. this November.

“Early bird” discounted registration for the 2012 Pennsylvania Leadership Conference is now open at www.paleadershipconference.org. An updated conference agenda and listing of conference sponsors and exhibitors can also be found on the web site.

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