Gary Cobb Fights For Fathers

Gary Cobb

Gary Cobb Fights For Fathers

Former Philadelphia Eagles linebacker Gary Cobb is seeking the vacated Congressional seat long held by Rob Andrews in the staunchly Democrat 1st District of New Jersey.

He’s running as a Republican. Cobb, like many, started off as a D went to the GOP  after watching how the policies of the Democrat Party destroyed African American families.

“(They were) an incentive for the man to leave the home, and it’s destroyed African-American families throughout the country,” he said.

“All my brothers and sisters have gone to college,” Cobb said. “The reason we were able to have some success was our dad was there, there was some discipline in the home.”

The 1st District includes Camden County and  parts of Burlington and Gloucester counties..

He will face state Sen. Donald Norcross, who is brother of George Norcross, the one-percenter Democrat power broker who just lost control of the Philadelphia Inquirer and Philadelphia Daily News.

The publications’ parent company, Interstate General Media, is now under the sole control of H.F. “Gerry” Lenfest, who bought out the shares of Lewis Katz following his death.

Gary Cobb Fights For Fathers

A Tale of Two Colleagues: Meehan Vs. Stollsteimer In 2012?

This article by Chris Friend is being published with his kind permission.

It could be a battle royale between the two former prosecutors, but what about Joe Sestak?

Assistant District Attorney, Delaware County.


Assistant United States Attorney, Eastern District of Pennsylvania,
specializing in prosecuting illegal firearms cases and violent drug
offenders.


Governor-appointed Safe Schools Advocate for the School District of
Philadelphia — a position that was ultimately “eliminated” not for
budgetary reasons, but because he publicly chastised the Governor and
Department of Education for their willful failure to protect students.


Was often mentioned as a possible nominee for United States Attorney.


And now, this person is considering running for Congress as a strong get-tough-on crime candidate.


Such a resume would seem a great springboard for elected office, as
law-and-order candidates have met with great success lately: Governors
Tom Corbett and Chris Christie are former prosecutors, as are
Pennsylvania Congressmen Tom Marino and Pat Meehan, as well as State
Representative Todd Stephens.


But here’s where it gets interesting.  All the aforementioned
politicians are Republicans, but this resume belongs to Jack
Stollsteimer, a self-styled RFK Democrat who is strongly positioned to
win his Party’s nomination in next year’s Seventh Congressional District
race.  To claim the ultimate prize in November, he would have to beat
not just a Republican, but his former U.S. Attorney boss, Rep. Pat
Meehan.


But first things first. Will the path to the nomination be clear, or
will a well-known Democrat with a history of success — and
unpredictability — decide to throw his hat into the ring? And if so,
when?


*****


The district, which includes most of Delaware County, parts of
Chester County and a section of Montgomery, is traditionally perceived
as Republican, because voter registration favors the GOP, and the
Delaware County courthouse has long been controlled by the well-oiled
Republican Machine.


But while Republicans hold a majority of offices throughout the
county, their grip on power has been slipping.  No Republican
presidential candidate has won Delco since 1988, and numerous Democratic
state legislators now represent districts long-held by the GOP. But
perhaps most telling, in 2010 — the largest Republican wave since 1946
— both Governor Tom Cornett and U.S. Senator Pat Toomey lost the
county.


Yet Pat Meehan won by ten points.


Meehan’s impressive showing was bolstered by the Republican tidal
wave and the fact that it was an open seat, since former Congressman Joe
Sestak ran for U.S. Senate.  That substantial victory has provided him a
solid foundation to launch his re-election bid. 


But to stay in office, he will have to wage an aggressive campaign,
taking nothing for granted. Unlike last year, he now owns a voting
record. And when it comes to Congress, Seventh District voters have an
independent streak that defies conventional political wisdom. 


In the 70’s and 80’s, the Seventh was represented by Bob Edgar,
arguably to the Left of Mao and universally recognized as the most
liberal member of Congress.  After giving up the seat to
(unsuccessfully) run for U.S. Senate, Edgar was replaced by the
generally-conservative Republican Curt Weldon. But in the Democratic
wave of 2006, he lost to Sestak, a former Navy Admiral who, like Edgar,
was unabashedly liberal.


Understanding the volatile electorate, the District’s wild
fluctuations of the past, and sensing that the seat is not as safe as
last year’s election results would indicate, the national Republican
Campaign Congressional Committee has “enrolled” Meehan in its Patriot
Program.  An effort designed to assist mostly freshmen, the program
targets the top ten GOP legislators whose perceived vulnerabilities will
likely lead to tough reelection fights.


*****


Stollsteimer has been actively courted not just by local leaders but
the national Democratic Campaign Congressional Committee. To take on
Meehan, though, he must first secure the Democratic Party’s nomination. 
To that end, his plan is to aggressively work the committee to earn its
endorsement, hopefully avoiding an expensive, and potentially bruising,
primary fight. He has already made inroads, having secured the backing
of several highly influential Democrats within the Party hierarchy.


“Jack would be a great candidate if he decides to run, with a strong
profile and reputation for independence and integrity, that has
attracted the attention of the national Democratic Party,” a Party
leader in the district told “Freindly Fire.”


That official requested anonymity, though, as the path has not yet
been smoothly paved for Stollsteimer — or any other potential
candidate.  And that’s because there is an 800 pound gorilla hovering in
the wings who could change the dynamics of the race at a moment’s
notice — for both the primary and general elections.


And in typical fashion, that individual is playing it coy, not
announcing his intentions whether to seek the Congressional seat —
which he happened to hold just seven months ago.


Joe Sestak is the ultimate wild card, an independent Democrat who has
often clashed with Party powerbrokers and a person to whom the terms
“conventional wisdom” and “predictability” simply do not apply.


He gave up what virtually every political analyst stated was a
near-100 percent safe seat, to run as David against Goliath — 30-year
incumbent powerhouse Arlen Specter, whose war chest dwarfed that of
Sestak. The political insiders not only didn’t give Sestak much of a
chance — he was trailing by more than 20 points just a few months out
from the primary — but did everything in their power to stop him. 


They attempted to talk him out of running, not just to keep the
Congressional seat safe but to avoid a primary challenge to Specter. 
When that didn’t work, there was the “Job Gate” offer, in which Sestak
said the White House dangled a high-ranking position in exchange for his
dropping out of the senate race. But that didn’t work, either.


Then the D’s took the gloves off, with prominent leaders, including
then-Governor Rendell and the state Democratic Party chairman, openly
attacking Sestak on numerous fronts.  They said he could not win a
general election, and predicted a Sestak primary victory would be
“cataclysmic” in the fall election.


And yet, despite the GOP wave, Sestak lost to Toomey by a mere two points.


Would Sestak present a viable candidacy to Meehan?  Absolutely.  The
2012 elections will be more favorable to Democrats, not just because a
presidential year always brings out more voters, and political waves are
never sustainable when they crest at such a high level, but because the
“Republicans-are-destroying-our-Medicare” issue will undoubtedly gain
traction.  Democrats are already pointing to their win in the recent New
York special election as evidence, given that the seat was widely
expected to remain in GOP hands.


But for the Democrats to be successful in the Seventh next year, they
need to unify soon or risk losing good candidates.  Very few will be
willing to put blood, sweat and tears into a campaign — and they would
have to open a committee very soon — while the specter of a Sestak
candidacy still looms.  And if Sestak declines to run, but announces
that decision late in the game, precious time will have been wasted.


Sestak would most likely be able to establish a grassroots operation
and generate significant fundraising relatively quickly, due to the
national network gained from his senate run, but the same is not the
case for other candidates. They would have to lay the groundwork, and
that takes time and resources.  And many potential donors and campaign
workers will stay on the sidelines, reluctant to commit to someone like
Stollsteimer — no matter how attractive a candidate he may be —
until Sestak makes up his mind. 


In an age where campaigns routinely begin over a year out from the
election, any significant delay could prove a boon for the Meehan camp.
Translation: the longer Joe Sestak remains noncommittal, the less likely
the Democrats’ chances for success next November.


Will Sestak get back into the political fray?  If so, would it be for
Congress, a position some think is not prominent enough for someone
used to commanding a carrier-battle group — especially when he would
likely return to Washington in the minority? And why would Sestak still
be touring Pennsylvania, meeting new Democrats statewide, if he intends
to run in the relatively small Seventh District? 


It is never easy when it comes to predicting anything regarding Joe
Sestak, and experience has shown that most “experts” are wrong anyway.


So the biggest question is the simplest one: at this point, does even
Joe Sestak himself have any idea what he is going to do?  Whatever the
answer, it’s in the best interest of his Party to make up his mind
quickly.


Let the games begin.

Big GOP Day In Pa

Republican Tom Corbett handily won the governorship last night beating Democrat Dan Onorato. The unofficial tally with 53 districts — 40  in Philadelphia and 13 in Delaware County —  to go was 2,136,683 votes to 1,783,581. With Republicans retaining control of the state Senate and winning the state House, Pennsylvania can make the elephant its official mascot for at least the next two years.

The senate race was much closer than expected and not called until after midnight when Democrat Joe Sestak conceded to Republican Pat Toomey. The unofficial tally as of 7 a.m. was 1,993,704 votes for Toomey to 1,916,284 votes for Sestak. Exit polls showed Toomey winning by 4 percent rather than the 2 that he did, but silly people should know that dead Philadelphians can’t answer exit polls.

Toomey lost Philadelphia by more than 283,000 votes with Corbett doing only slightly better. With the GOP running things now Corbett should put stopping vote fraud pretty high on his things-to-do list.

Sestak won on his home turf in Delaware County, 108,307 votes to 84,630.

Five of the state’s 19 congressional seats switched to the GOP including Sestak’s 7th District Seat won by Pat Meehan over Bryan Lentz. None switched to the Democrats so with the dust cleared, Republicans are sitting in 12 of the seats.

According to incomplete and unofficial figures from the Department of State, Meehan won 133,146 to 106,214 with James D. Schneller getting 2,635 votes.

Regarding the other switched seats, Republican Mike Kelly beat incumbent Democrat Kathy Dahlkemper, 102,601 to 82,125 in the 3rd District; Republican Michael G. Fitzpatrick beat incumbent Dem Patrick J. Murphy 125,081 to 108,452 in the 8th District; Republican Thomas Marino beat incumbent Democrat Christopher Carney 109,603 to 89,170 in the 10th District; and Republican Lou Barletta beat incumbent Democrat Paul Kanjorksi 100,108.

Two incumbent Democrats who opposed ObamaCare — Jason Altmire of the 4th District, and Mark Critz of the 12th District, who was not in office at the time of the vote — won squeekers over Keth Rothfus and Tim Burns respectively.

With regard to the state House, Republicans are expected to control at least 110 of the 203 seats including the seat held by retiring House Speaker Keith McCall in the 122nd District which is in Carbon County and was won by Republican Doyle Heffley over Democrat Justin Yaich; and in what might be the surprise of the night, the 116th District seat in Luzerne County held by House Majority Leader Todd A. Eachus which went to newcomer Republican Tarah Toohil  9,693 to 7,957.

Complete details can be found at the Department of State website .

 

Big GOP Day In Pa

Pre-Election Tea Party Pep Talk

Speaker James Jones fired up the 130 or so Delaware County Patriots at tonight’s meeting at Kings Mills in Aston with a pre-election battle speech about the importance of Tuesday’s election.

Jones, a Bucks County businessman and Navy veteran of the Vietnam and Gulf wars, and the Beirut conflict, described how taxes and corruption are endangering the nation.

Jones praised fellow small businessman Dee Adock who is running against incumbent Democrat Allyson Schwartz in Pennsylvania’s 13 District congressional race. Jones said he attends church with Adock and described him as a friend.

Jones is owner and CEO of QSI Consulting, a human resources firm. He lost to Mike Fitzpatrick in this year’s Republican 8th District congressional primary. He is endorsing  Fitzpatrick in the race against incumbent Democrat Patrick Murphy.

The crowd was a bit bigger than the one Democrat senate nominee Congressman Joe Sestak got for a rally Sunday in Media , which is the heart of his district.

And they had to pay a $5 admission fee.

And nobody was protesting them.

The event began with the Pledge of Allegiance and since no one objected it is unlikely that there were any members of the League of Women Voters in the audience.

 

Pre-Election Tea Party Pep Talk

The Battle Against Altmire

The pundits say  Jason “Glory Grabber” Altmire will  be among the few Dem congressional incumbents who won’t be sweating on Tuesday but there those in his Pennsylvania 4th District who still have hopes to change that.

Take Peter Sour of Currmudgeon-Patriot who has been showing how Altmire is nowhere near as conservative as he pretends to be. Pete points out that Altmire has absolutely no intention of voting to repeal Obamacare despite his boasting about how he didn’t vote for it.

You can call him “Talk-Is-Cheap” Altmire.

I’ll join in and remind all that a vote for Altmire is a vote for Pelosi regardless of what the NRA might say .

Republican challenger Keith Rothfus, OTOH, is the real deal .

And those pundits? The most recent Susquehanna poll showed Altmire ahead of Rothfus 47 percent to 35 percent. It seems any well-known incumbent under 50 percent ought to sweat a little.

Embattled DCCC Cuts Back In Philly Market

The Democrat Congressional Campaign Committee (DCCC) is cutting back its Philadelphia television ad buys until the final week of the campaign which starts Oct. 26. The plan originally called for heavy advertising for the last two weeks.

The DCCC is the national campaign arm for Democrat U.S. House Candidates.

The market which includes New Jersey and northern Delaware  has numerous endangered Democrat seats including Pa7 where former federal prosecutor  Republican Pat Meehan is fighting Democrat state Rep. Bryan Lentz for the seat being giving up by Democrat Joe Sestak; Pa8 where Democrat incumbent Patrick Murphy is down in the polls to Republican challenger Mike Fitzpatrick; Pa13 where Democrat incumbent Allyson Schwartz has found herself wary over-the-shoulder glances at Republican Dee Adock; and NJ3 where incumbent Democrat John Adler is taking desperate measures against Republican challenger John Runyan.

And of course in Delaware there is a Republican-held seat being given up by Mike castle which is contested by Republican  Republican Glen Urquhart and  Democrat Lt. Gov. John Carney.

Hat tip to mcall.com

Burns Has Money Edge In Homestretch

GOP Challenger Tim Burns has the edge in dollars for the final sprint in Pennsylvania’s 12 District congressional race.

As of Sept. 30, he had $409,735 in the bank compared to $263,182 for incumbent Democrat Mark Critz, according to the Pittsburgh Post Gazette.

Critz outraised Burns $478,769 to $257,966 but has been spending it much faster. About half of Critz’s money have come from political action committees.

Critz beat Burns in a special election May 18 to fill the remainder of the term of Democrat John Murtha who died Feb. 8.

A Democrat pollster had Critz leading 48 to 41 percent in early September. A Republican poll from about the same time had Burns up 48 to 43 percent.

An Upset In Pa13?

A Public Opinion Strategies Poll of voters preferences in Pennsylvania’s 13th Congressional District showed the voters leaning towards the Republican 44 to 42 percent.

The poll was conducted Aug. 31-Sept. 1 but released Oct. 7 by GOP challenger Dee Adcock, a small business-owner. The seat has been held by very liberal Democrat Allyson Schwartz since 2005, who succeeded very liberal Democrat Joe Hoeffel who took office in 1999. Hoeffel beat Republican Jon Fox who won his seat from very liberal freshman Democrat Marjorie Margolies-Mezvinsky in 1994 after voters became enraged at her for casting the deciding vote on the 1993 budget that significantly raised taxes.

Before her, the seat had been held by Republicans since 1916.

According to the poll, support to re-elect Ms. Schwartz is at 41 percent while 37 percent say it is time for someone else. Adcock says, though, the poll indicates he moves ahead 40 percent-39 percent  after a brief introduction.

The poll surveyed 300 likely voters and has a margin of error of 5.66 percent in 95 out of 100 cases.


Ms. Schwartz managed the Elizabeth Blackwell Center, a Planned Parenthood abortion clinic in Philadelphia, from 1975-1988 before successfully running for state senate.

Poll Puts Carney Ahead Of Marino

A Lycoming College Poll released yesterday has incumbent Democrat Chris Carney ahead of Republican challenger Tom Marino in Pennsylvania’s 10th District congressional race. Carney was preferred by 43 percent of likely voters to 40 percent for Marino, a former U.S. Attorney for the Middle District of Pennsylvania.

The poll has a margin of error of 5.1 percentage points. Sampled were 370 likely voters, 54.7 percent of whom were Republicans, 37.8 Democrats and 7.5 percent third-party/independents.

It was conducted  between Sept. 26and Sept. 30 shortly after the NRA came out for Carney and in the midst of allegations that Marino helped a convicted felon get a casino license.

Marino led 40 percent to 36 percent in a Times-Leader Critical Insight Poll released Sept. 26.

There had been reports that the Democrat Congressional Campaign  Committee had been giving up on Carney.

Hat tip to GrassrootsPa.com.


NRA Picks Dem, GOA Picks Lou

The National Rifle Association Political Victory Fund has endorsed its third Democrat in Pennsylvania congressional contests. The pick announced Wednesday was embattled incumbent Paul Kanjorski who is considered to be behind GOP challenger Lou Barletta, Hazleton’s popular mayor, in the 11th District race.

“As a member of Congress, Kanjorski has demonstrated his commitment to our Second Amendment rights by voting for legislation to allow permit holders to carry and transport firearms for self-defense in national parks and wildlife refuges, as well as voting for legislation to restore self-defense rights in our nation’s capital.” the NRA-PVF said. “He signed the pro-gun congressional amicus brief to the Supreme Court supporting our individual right to keep and bear arms in the Heller case and signed the pro-gun congressional amicus brief that the Second Amendment guarantees a fundamental right that protects all Americans in the McDonald case.  Kanjorski also cosponsored legislation to force much-needed reform at the federal Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives
“In addition, Kanjorski voted for the Protection of Lawful Commerce in Arms Act, which prevents attempts to bankrupt the American gun industry through bogus lawsuits, and signed a letter to Attorney General Eric Holder opposing the reenactment of the failed Clinton gun ban.  He also voted for the Disaster Recovery Personal Protection Act that prohibits gun confiscation during states of emergency as happened after Hurricane Katrina.”

Barletta, however, also considered to be a strong supporter of the Second Amendment  has the endorsement of the Gun Owner of America Political Victory Fund.

“Lou’s opponent, Paul Kanjorski, likes to play both sides of the fence on
the gun issue,” the GOA endorsement statement said.  “He will cast an occasional pro-gun vote so he can go
back to the district and try to convince voters that he is pro-gun, but
he votes for the Pelosi agenda most of the time.”

The NRA has also endorsed Democrat incumbents Chris Carney in the 10th District and Jason Altmire in the 4th District. The GOA has not yet announced endorsements in those races.