March 30, 2006
— Ace For years I've been hearing how popular this guy was, how unbeatable.
Not quite unbeatable:
Republican challenger Lynn Swann held a slight lead over incumbent Democratic Gov. Ed Rendell in a statewide poll released today, with a third of registered voters indicating they were open to voting for either man.
Thirty-five percent of those surveyed in the IssuesPA/Pew Poll said they were likely to vote for Swann, the retired Pittsburgh Steelers star and former college football television analyst. Twenty-nine percent said they would probably support Rendell, and 34 percent were considered up for grabs.
Rendell, a former Philadelphia mayor, is running strongest in that city and its suburbs. Swann's greatest support is in the state's south-central and southwestern regions.
Swann's press secretary, Melissa Walters, called the poll "another example of the clear momentum behind Lynn Swann's campaign and the growing support for change and reform in Pennsylvania."
Notice a six-point lead is "slight" because the GOP candidate leads. If Rendell were ahead, 6 points would be "nearly insurmountable".
Posted by: spongeworthy at March 30, 2006 11:12 AM (uSomN)
Posted by: Daniel Lapin at March 30, 2006 11:23 AM (VJ22w)
Swann on the other hand, seems to be goin' great guns.
Posted by: Chad at March 30, 2006 11:40 AM (FuQ36)
Posted by: MCPO Airdale at March 30, 2006 11:58 AM (WOQ34)
Posted by: at March 30, 2006 12:05 PM (mq7A+)
If youi recall, Rendell was cochair of the DNC for Gore. Rendell got into a fair amountof trouble for making the rather obvious point that, should the recount show Bush was the winner, that it'd be over. Iirc, he resigned from that post the next day.
He's a smart, candid guy with a load of personality whs can stick a shiv in his opponent.
Which has nothing to do with policy, but it's an electionw we're talking about here.
Posted by: BumperStickerist at March 30, 2006 12:07 PM (PcDvW)
Swann = Ballet
Posted by: Derek at March 30, 2006 12:40 PM (h4QAd)
Posted by: francis at March 30, 2006 01:36 PM (33mNB)
Again, I'd be pissed, If Rendell actually did anything for me get be pissed over.
But before I say Swann a ringer, Rendell did get elected, post 9/11, with vocal opposition from the Philadelphia Police and Fire Department. As mayor, he had balanced the city budget on their backs.
Posted by: MacLachlan at March 30, 2006 01:48 PM (ib2lE)
Posted by: eddiebear at March 30, 2006 03:36 PM (/CoEY)
Also, can anyone name anything of value that Rendell did, as governor?
Posted by: Sterm26 at March 30, 2006 04:29 PM (0H/VV)
You mean my puppy can vote in Philly?
Posted by: shawn at March 30, 2006 04:40 PM (uLve2)
Posted by: Purple Avenger at March 30, 2006 05:27 PM (WjdPM)
Posted by: Purple Avenger at March 30, 2006 05:29 PM (WjdPM)
Posted by: Stillers at March 30, 2006 07:18 PM (blNMI)
Everybody around here, even Democrats, can't stand him because he's infamous for shunting all state money from the general fund for his buddies in Philadelphia, while roads go to pot in the other sections of the state. We still have roads closed up here in northeast PA that were damaged in the fallout from Hurricane Ivan that PennDOT hasn't gotten around to fixing because they're busy with "other projects" in southeast PA (read: Philadelphia region).
And let's not forget Special Ed raising the Occupational Privilege Tax (a yearly fee for the "privilege" to work) 520% in order to bail out Philadelphia's corrupt school system.
I would gladly vote for Satan over Rendell any day of the week. Now I know how people in southern Illinois feel.
Posted by: Xoxotl at March 30, 2006 09:54 PM (Wsi7x)
Posted by: spurwing plover at March 31, 2006 05:16 AM (Dutrh)
or, Lord help us...
"Governor Mark Leno."
Posted by: Xoxotl at March 31, 2006 08:57 AM (Wsi7x)
Worse, he's an Eagles fan. Nobody likes the Eagles outside Philly. God loves the Steelers.
Posted by: rightwingprof at March 31, 2006 11:04 AM (hj1Wx)
For a Democrat, he's a helluva Republican.
Posted by: Harrisburg resident at March 31, 2006 12:27 PM (cwywC)
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