Sen. Everett Dirksen (R-Ill.) became the oldest person to have a Billboard Top 40 hit with “Gallant Men” on Jan. 7, 1967. He was 71 years.
He would lose the title two years later to Moms Mabley who was 75 when her cover of “Abraham, Martin and John” hit 35 on July 19. 1969. Ironically, that was just one day after John’s brother drove a car off a bridge and let a woman drown.
Superior Court Primary Fight Looming? — With the last-minute insertion and subsequent endorsement of Megan King into the Pennsylvania Superior Court race, a potential Republican primary battle looms.
Two seats are being contested for 10-year terms on the court which is the intermediate appellate court for most matters in the state. The primary election is May 21.
Ms. King is a political neophyte. Her only public jobs have been as Chester County deputy district attorney (March 2015 to present), two stints as Lancaster County assistant district attorney, and state Supreme Court law clerk (1998-2001). All are unelected positions.
On Saturday, she along with straw poll winner Peck were endorsed by the GOP State Committee. GOP politics just repeats itself over and over in this state. We’ll let someone else point out the Groundhog Day irony.
The suspicion is that Ms. King will be a good girl and do as she is told by special interests — that’s you Stradley Ronon. Why else would Ms. Warren, who finished a solid second in the straw poll, be pushed out? Why else would state representatives and congressmen and Matt Brouillette twist arms hard for Ms. King?
Could it be that they fear Ms. Warren would not be a good girl?
Anyway, a little birdie told us that Ms. Warren was given the opportunity to address the committee after the vote on the condition she not enter the primary. She declined. She was reportedly overheard to say “I guess we will have to see what happens in May.”
Answer to yesterday’s William Lawrence Sr Cryptowit quote puzzle: Hear, O Israel: The Lord our God, the Lord is one. Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your strength.