DAILY GRINDER: Is AG Candidate Sexist for Calling Opponent ‘Pretty’?
Pennsylvania Republican Attorney General candidate Dave Freed called his opponent Kathleen Kane someone who is “pretty and has a lot of money.” Now, he’s being criticized by a number of groups, like the National Organization for Women and state politicians. NOW said, “It’s a shame in 2012 that Mr. Freed would rather talk about Kathleen Kane’s appearance than his own credentials…I guess it’s up to the voters to explain to Mr. Freed in November that Kane is more than just a ‘pretty’ face.” While Montgomery Country Commissioner Leslie S. Richards noted, she was “very disappointed that David Freed is being disrespectful of Kathleen Kane’s high level of experience.” Any thoughts on this criticism? To play the devil’s advocate, it should be noted that Freed isn’t wrong. Both Kane’s primary finances and appearance make that pretty obvious. Since this is a campaign in which Kane is already leading by double-digits and has the name recognition due to her highly-publicized primary campaign, Freed needs to begin his own general election campaign in such a way as to not just paint himself a better attorney than his opponent—he needs to disqualify her in a way that isn’t overbearing. After all, this is the attorney general race. Most people will not be paying much attention to these candidates’ issues. Freed’s best bet, for now, is to call his opponent’s lead in the polls a symptom of superficial qualities. This is the same tactic conservatives have launched at Obama since 2004. Even if those attacks have become a bit more extreme.
Or maybe Freed is just a jerk. I don’t know.
CeasefirePA sent out an email last night, warning of the National Rifle Association holding a tighter grip on Harrisburg: “The NRA just sent out their own action alert, announcing that the House Judiciary Committee will consider an amendment that could help them attack cities and towns for taking action against illegal gun trafficking, by creating a special set of rules in Pennsylvania’s courts – just for the NRA,” the email reads. “The NRA is pushing this dangerous provision as an amendment to SB 273 – a bill that is almost identical to the “shoot first” Castle Doctrine bill they passed more than a year ago. They’re using it again — just to be a vehicle for their agenda items.”
The judge who’ll preside over Jerry Sandusky’s sex abuse trial has banned tweeting or “other live electronic communications” in the courtroom.
The Romney Campaign has officially misspelled three things in a week. That includes “Amercia,” “Offical” and Sneak-Peak.”
A drug deal gone bad turned into a man being assaulted last night at 13th near Vine Street. He was taken to Hahnemann University Hospital.
Experts say Pennsylvania is set to “dominate natural gas production in the Marcellus Shale region for many years.” That’s partly because of the billions of dollars already invested in the infrastructure and partly because of the state having less regulations than New York, who may be getting into the business.
State Sen. Larry Farnese has withdrawn his amendment that would have gotten in the way of changes to the city’s property tax system. The changes, called Actual Value Initiative, would restructure city property taxes so assessments are based upon market values.
PoliticsPA has gathered many of the Internet’s reviews of former Governor Ed Rendell’s new book, A Nation of Wusses, and taken the best quotes from them. The best (and most expected) may come from James O’Toole of the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette: “But this book is not a deep dive into political theory. Rather, it is a light stew of anecdote and sound-bite-size arguments on how the nation can shake off its seeming inability to confront chronic problems…Mr. Rendell proves so enamored of the term that won so much attention after the aborted Eagles game, that he repeats it, in one form or another, again, and again, and again, throughout the memoir.”