Barletta Up Double Digits Says Times Leader Poll

A poll of likely voters commissioned by the Wilkes Barre-based Times Leader showed  Republican Lou Barletta, Hazleton’s mayor, preferred 43-32 percent over long-time Democrat incumbent Paul Kanjorski in the Pennsylvania 11th District congressional race.

A Times Leader poll for the 10th District race showed Republican challenger Tom Marino favored 40-36 percent over Democrat incumbent Chris Carney.

The surveys were conducted by Critical Insights of Portland, Maine, and have a margin of error of plus or minus 4.9 percent.

Of the people polled, 55 percent were women, who are far more likely to vote Democrat than men.

NRA Again Picks A Pelosi Dem From Pa

The National Rifle Association Political Victory Fund, yesterday, endorsed incumbent Democrat Jason Altmire in Pennsylvania’s 4th District Congressional Race.

“As a member of Congress, Altmire has demonstrated his commitment to our Second Amendment rights by voting for legislation to restore self-defense rights in our nation’s capital, as well as signing the pro-gun congressional amicus brief to the Supreme Court supporting our individual right to keep and bear arms in the Heller case,” the NRA-PVF said. “Additionally, he cosponsored the National Right-to-Carry Reciprocity amendment,which would provide a national standard for carrying concealed firearms, as well as legislation that would reform the Bureau of Alcohol Tobacco and Firearms.  Altmire also signed a letter to Attorney General Eric Holder opposing re-enactment of the failed 1994 ban on semi-automatic firearms and ammunition magazines.  Most recently, he signed the pro-gun congressional amicus brief arguing that the Second Amendment guarantees a fundamental right that protects all Americans in the McDonald case”

Altmire, who like all Democrats voted for gun-grabbing Nancy Pelosi as House Speaker, is well ahead of GOP challenger Keith Rothfus  in the polls. Rothfus is an attorney who worked for the Department of Homeland Security under President George W. Bush,

Earlier this week, the NRA-PFV endorsed Democrat incumbent Chris Carney who is in a tight battle with Republican challenger Tom Marino.

Dem Down Double Digits In Pa8

The first independent poll of Pennsylvania’s 8th District congressional race shows incumbent Democrat Patrick Murphy down double-digits to former congressman Republican Mike Fitzpatrick who Murphy beat by 1,518 votes to take the seat in 2006.

The Philadelphia Daily News/Franklin & Marshall College poll shows Fitzpatrick up 49-35 percent among likely voters and 46-36 percent ahead among all those registered to vote.

Only 40 percent of registered voters say he deserves re-election while 47 percent say its time for a change.

President Obama won the district with 54 percent of the vote in 2008 but now has a 37-percent approval rating there.

The poll found that 18 percent of Democrats will vote for Fitzpatrick compared to 8 percent of Republicans voting for Murphy. The district has 14,000 more Democrats than Republicans.

The poll showed that Fitzpatrick leads among men 50-33 percent; women 48-38 percent; and independents 38-31 percent.

Murphy easily held the seat in 2008 with 57 percent of the vote over Republican Tom Manion and independent Tom Lingenfelter, who will not be on the ballot this year.

Stupak Ally Down In Pa

Congresswoman Kathy Dahlkemper, who represents Pennsylvania’s 3rd District in the northwest corner of the state, is down six points among likely voters to businessman Mike Kelly according to the most recent Franklin & Marshall College Poll.

Mrs. Dahlkemper was a member of the Stupak Seven, a group of ostensibly pro-life   Democrat members of congress led by Bart Stupak of Michigan who pledged not to vote for ObamaCare  unless the wording of the bill was changed to make it certain that it would provide for no funding of abortions. The wording was never changed but after much huffing and puffing and the promise of a meaningless executive order from the President, the seven voted for the bill anyway on March 21.

According to F&M, Mrs. Dahlkemper is down 44 to 38 percent among likely voters with 20 percent undecided and 42 to 38 percent among those registered to vote with 18 percent undecided. Just 38 percent of registered voters rate her job performance as excellent or good and 39 percent believe she deserves re-election while 47 percent think it’s time for a change.

Kelly leads in every county in the district except Erie.

Mrs. Dahlkember defeated six-term Congressman Phil English in 2008 to take the seat.

F&M also notes that registered voters in the 3rd District favor Republican Pat Toomey for senate 34-28 percent over Democrat Joe Sestak, and Republican Tom Corbett for governor 41 to 28 percent over Democrat Dan Onorato.

Only 36 percent of those in the district rate President Obama’s job performance as positive, while 30 percent rate Gov. Ed Rendell’s job performance as positive.

Signs Of A Tsunami

Things really bode ill for Democrats when cars start carrying signs for Haverford College and conservative Republican congressional candidates. The driver of this Chevy found Friday in the parking lot of Gentile’s Market in Newtown Square had no problem boasting of an upcoming vote for Pat Meehan in Pennsylvania’s 7th District nor of an affiliation with the highly respected but famously left-leaning school. The election is Nov. 2.

NRA Endorses Embattled Dem Carney

The National Rifle Association Political Victory Fund has endorsed on-the-ropes incumbent Democrat Chris Carney in Pennsylvania’s 10th Congressional District over Republican challenger Tom Marino, who is also a staunch defender of the 2nd Amendment and who, unlike Carney, has never voted for Nancy Pelosi to lead the House of Representatives.

The NRA-PVF cites as reasons for its endorsement Carney’s co-sponsorship of the National Right-to Carry Reciprocity amendment, support of reforms to the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms, and a letter he wrote to Attorney General Eric Holder expressing his opposition to Holder’s plan to re-enact the failed 1994 ban on semi-automatic firearms and ammunition magazines.

“Chris Carney is a solid defender of the Second Amendment who will stand up for the rights of gun owners in Pennsylvania”, said Chris W. Cox, chairman of the NRA-PVF.

It’s a bit of good news for Carney whose advertising, along with that of Paul Kanjorski of the adjacent 11th District, has been triaged away by the Democrat Congressional Campaign  Committee.

Obama Endorses Kanjorski, Shsss

President Obama gave a ringing endorsement, Thursday, to  Congressman Paul Kanjorski, the embattled long-term Democrat incumbent who represents Pennsylvania’s 11th District.

And of course, Kanjorski is keeping mum about it.

“I need you to support Paul Kanjorski for Congress,” the President said in a email blast.“You can make calls to voters in your area, and make sure they get to the polls. And you can spread the word about the importance of voting for Paul Kanjorski to your family, friends, and neighbors,”

Kanjorski campaign spokesman Ed Mitchell told the Wilkes Barre based Times Leader that his boss was “aware of the endorsement” and “welcomes the endorsement of anyone who shares the same values and principles.”

The campaign, however, did not put out a press release nor have they mentioned it on their website.
But Kanjorski’s campaign never sent out a press release advertising the endorsement, nor can any mention of the endorsement be found on Kanjorski’s campaign website .Mitchell later told Politco.Com that they have no intention of promoting it.

But thanks anyway, Mr. President, he added, albeit not in those words exactly.

Kanjorski is being challenged by popular and personable Hazleton Mayor Lou Barletta.

Pa. Dem Plays The JournoList Card

Manan Trivedi, the Democrat’s choice to take on incumbent Republican Jim Gerlach in Pennsylvania’s 6th District congressional race, accused Gerlach of racism because Gerlach has been describing Trivedi as a far left-winger who “doesn’t
share our values.”

Trivedi, a doctor, was a health policy
advisor to Barack Obama.

Gerlach aide Mark Campbell responded by saying Trivedi was the only one who used race in the campaign which happened when he asked Indian-American groups to contribute to his campaign solely because he descended from emigrants from India.

Trivedi responded by accusing Campbell of racism and demanding he be fired.

To their credit Gerlach and Campbell are sticking to their guns.

What Trivedi is doing is disgraceful and shameful. Rather than discussing the advice he gave Obama regarding health care or this nation’s impending bankruptcy,  he is taking a page from the playbook of the despicable and discredited JournoList .

He should apologized immediately and end his campaign.

America must not be divided anymore by power-seeking wannabees.

GOP Up In Pa

The  Reuters/Ipsos poll released, today, has Republican Pat Toomey up 47-37 percent among likely voters over Democrat Joe Sestak in the Pennsylvania Senate race. Among registered voters, a category historically more favorable to the Democrats, Toomey is up 40-37 percent.

Meanwhile, the latest Rasmussen Poll has Toomey up 45-39 percent among likely voters with Toomey ahead 48-42 percent if leaners are factored in.

In the governor’s race, Reuter/Ipsos has Republican Tom Corbett head of Democrat Don Onorato 49 percent to 34 percent.

In other election news, Sestak has launched his first attack ads in which he accuses Toomey to be in the pockets of Wall Street and features a CNBC interview from 2007 in which he advocates ending corporate income taxes.

The ad buy is estimated to cost $110,000 and will run in every market but Philadelphia.

Toomey has responded saying he was just trying to explain to consumers that it is they who ultimately pay for taxes on corporations, and that he recognizes that a 0 percent corporate income tax is is “impractical for a host of reasons”.

Some friendly advice, Joe. You are living in a greenhouse on the “capitalist tool of Wall Street” matter so be careful about throwing stones. It’s not like Toomey ever voted to take $700 billion in taxpayer money to bailout Goldman Sachs et al. That’s not his name there in the yes category of the Emergency Economic Stabilization Act of 2008.

It’s funny that even though the TARP bailout was pushed by President Bush most Democrats voted for it and most Republicans voted against it.


More Bad News For Murphy

A week ago Commonwealth Court Judge Dan
foiled a plan by the incumbent Democrat to get a conservative third-party candidate on the ballot in Pennsylvania’s  8th
Congressional District

Now there are reports that internal GOP polling shows that that Democrat, Patrick Murphy, is behind Republican challenger former Congressman Mike Fitzpatrick 48-41 percent.

Murphy knocked off Fitzpatrick by just 1,518 votes in 2006. He easily held his seat two years ago getting 57 percent of the vote in his race against Tom Manion.

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