More candidates for officeThese are not particularly breaking, but nonetheless, they should be noted:
Tom Knox announces for Mayor
Tom who, you say? Well, I say the exact same thing. Apparently, Knox, the CEO of United Healthcare, has decided to throw his hat, and his wallet, into the ring. Knox said he is willing to put up 15 million dollars of his own money. As the Inquirer says, this run can be summed up as the "Michael Bloomberg effect."
Knox does have some experience in City Government. He served as a deputy mayor under Rendell, taking a salary of 1 dollar a year. That said, the idea that he is going to buy his way into City Hall is not something I particularly like, even if Bloomberg and New Jersey's Senator Corzine have proved that self-funded candidates can be pretty good.
Chuck Pennachio for Senate
On Tuesday, I wrote that Bob Casey is edging closer to running for Senate. And while I think that Casey should do this, I want to make sure we do not miss Chuck Pennachio. I, frankly, do not know much about him, other than he is a professor, passionate about grass-roots organizing, and compares himself to Paul Wellstone. Check out his website here.
There has been a lot of discussion about this candidacy at DailyKos, including a pretty interesting discussion that involved questions and answers with the candidate himself. Pretty interesting stuff...
Whether he can win or not, having a progressive, grass-roots political organizer talking to PA residents over the next 2 years will be a good thing.
One thing I am going to do as this website continues to grow, and as elections near, will be to ask candidates if they would like to write a letter, directly to all of us reading and writing on the site, about their candidacy. I will do this for all of them, including Pennachio, Seth Williams, and any other declared, Democratic candidate.
Tim Tagaris, from the Swing State Project, is working for Pennachio. I will ask him if he or the candidate is interested in discussing his run a little more. Stay tuned.