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  •  Both are advertising statewide. (4+ / 0-)

    Last night's televised debate:

    The candidates went twenty minutes before barbs were launched at Wolf, and Allyson Schwartz attacked first. She began with a thinly veiled reference at Wolf’s involvement in the legal defense fund of convicted lawmaker Steven Stetler, and then things became nasty.

    Schwartz turned to face Wolf as she launched her attack, suggesting that his support of Stetler implied that he would allow corrupt friends to serve in a Wolf administration. Wolf gave his regular response on the topic – that Stetler was a friend and he was entitled to the full process of the American justice system and that he maintains that his friend is a good person....

    When it came to closing statements, three of the candidates pitched their qualifications, their go-getter-ness and the unique attributes of their personal stories. Schwartz took a different approach, and her statement was the final words of the debate.

    “Tom has told a very nice story of his life, but I’m not sure it’s so different. You put on TV a story of your business, but the fact is that you leave out a big chunk, that when you left the company, you were paid $20 million to get out,” she began. “It’s perfectly acceptable, it’s what happens in business. But [because of that] the company had to restructure and had to lay off hundreds of people.”

    “Somehow that part of the story is left out of your ads. I think we each know that we need a governor that will tell us the whole story,” she concluded.

    •  Wolf has all the markings of a (3+ / 0-)
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      snatch defeat from the jaws of victory candidate. What a disaster for PA Dems.

      (-2.38, -3.28) Independent thinker

      by TrueBlueDem on Fri May 02, 2014 at 06:41:43 AM PDT

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      •  I wouldn't call it a disaster (0+ / 0-)

        But it's disappointing.  

        And they don't have to worry about being short of money for the general.

        "When dealing with terrorism, civil and human rights are not applicable." Egyptian military spokesman.

        by Paleo on Fri May 02, 2014 at 06:50:58 AM PDT

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        •  ?? (4+ / 0-)

          He's not Bloomberg rich. About half the $10m is via a bank loan he had to take out.

          •  Well that concerns me (0+ / 0-)

            I hope, then, he can raise money effectively post-primary, if the polling is right and he's the nominee.

            46, male, Indian-American, and proud father of a girl and 2 boys, Democrat, VA-10

            by DCCyclone on Fri May 02, 2014 at 09:15:52 AM PDT

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            •  Here's what's been reported on the loan (2+ / 0-)
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              York Daily Record:

              Wolf's campaign provided summary information about the loan in an April 10 memo. Wolf and his wife secured the loan in December of 2013 and the amount was for $4.45 million.

              They personally guaranteed the loan, pledging all of their personal assets, including shares of the Wolf Organization, if they default, according to the memo.

              The first payment was due January 2014. Wolf's campaign has allowed reporters to review the loan document. The York Daily Record/Sunday News reviewed it last week.

              The Schwartz campaign on Wednesday sent out a news release, saying the loan raises several questions.

              "Does Wolf have the resources to pay back this loan?" Bergman said in the release. "If not, what influence will the bank have over him in the future? And if he does default on the loan, did he get written assurances from M&T Bank that his employees would still get profit sharing and would be able to keep their jobs at the company?"

              In a phone interview Friday, Wolf said he is in a position to repay the loan.

        •  Fat golden parachute, layoffs, dirty friends (0+ / 0-)

          He's Mitt Romney's brother from another mother. He's extremely vulnerable and the RGA can easily spend Corbett back into contention there.

          (-2.38, -3.28) Independent thinker

          by TrueBlueDem on Fri May 02, 2014 at 10:33:01 AM PDT

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          •  What are you referring to exactly? (0+ / 0-)

            "We have learned to turn out lots of goods and services, but we haven’t learned as well how to have everybody share in the bounty. The obligation of a society as prosperous as ours is to figure out how nobody gets left too far behind."--Warren Buffett

            by bjssp on Fri May 02, 2014 at 11:53:26 AM PDT

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            •  The LBO of his company (0+ / 0-)

              That left him with $20 million and a bunch of employees with pink slips. Yes, he was on the other side of the table from the Romney types, but that's nuance in a game where optics rule the day.

              (-2.38, -3.28) Independent thinker

              by TrueBlueDem on Fri May 02, 2014 at 12:20:19 PM PDT

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              •  I don't think that matters as much (0+ / 0-)

                as you think it does, especially since, as you say, he was on the other side of the table.

                "We have learned to turn out lots of goods and services, but we haven’t learned as well how to have everybody share in the bounty. The obligation of a society as prosperous as ours is to figure out how nobody gets left too far behind."--Warren Buffett

                by bjssp on Fri May 02, 2014 at 12:49:07 PM PDT

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                •  That's the nuance that maybe 2% (0+ / 0-)

                  of the viewers of the RGA ads will be aware of. But everyone will know Wolf cashed out $20M and Pennsylvanians got laid off. Just look at what's being thrown at him already in the primary.

                  The only thing that matters is the perception of the masses. Not the details that follow a month later on page 18 of the daily rag.

                  (-2.38, -3.28) Independent thinker

                  by TrueBlueDem on Fri May 02, 2014 at 03:31:03 PM PDT

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      •  Let's give the guy a chance (3+ / 0-)

        Its not like he has no experience in government. But I share your disappointment that its not Schwartz leading.

        NY-9/NJ-10; Show them how to move in a room full of vultures. -- Shawn Carter

        by BKGyptian89 on Fri May 02, 2014 at 07:00:34 AM PDT

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        •  Definitely he deserves a chance. He is a very (1+ / 0-)
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          earnest Democrat, and I suspect his lack of political qualifications will add a certain appeal to him against Corbett.

          •  I hope you're right. (0+ / 0-)

            I was hoping for a Schwartz victory (and will likely vote for her in the primary), but I'm willing to give Wolf a chance.  And besides, it's not like our "upset" and/or "outsider" candidates really ever turn out to be Tea Party-bad.

            Stuck in PA-3. Let's defeat "Mike" Kelly and Tom Corbett in 2014!

            by JBraden on Fri May 02, 2014 at 07:43:43 AM PDT

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          •  His lack of experience/name rec (0+ / 0-)

            actually just makes the dirty laundry mentioned by Schwartz in the debates all the more likely to stick in the general. He's a complete blank slate, there's no good-will buffer with the electorate.

            (-2.38, -3.28) Independent thinker

            by TrueBlueDem on Fri May 02, 2014 at 10:35:32 AM PDT

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        •  My main problem with Wolf (2+ / 0-)
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          is that I really don't buy into the meme that success as a business leader = success in the executive branch.  I thought it was a poor argument for Romney and I think it's a poor argument for Wolf.  Obviously his business leadership is quite an accomplishment, and business leaders can be competent as governors, but when it comes to that position I value the extensive experience Schwartz and McCord have winning elections and actually working in government more highly than Wolf's private sector experience and ~18 months in an appointed cabinet position.  Just my opinion.  

          •  I think that's all countered by (1+ / 0-)
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            The fact they have pretty much the same positions on so many thing, it's like a toss of the coin.  And for all of the talk about winning elections w/r/t Schwartz/McCord, this primary kind of puts that "legend" down a bit, no.

            We keep talking about Wolf's money, but it's not like he spend $50M and everyone else spent $50,000.  Wolf walked in and said I'm going to spend my money up front.  Schwartz had $3M on day 1 and McCord wasn't exactly broke personally or campaign-wise and has helped self-fund not only this campaign but his past campaigns.  They both sought to close strong as their only strategy.  

            If any of them have a ground game they've been investing in, that would be nice.  But it seems like they all ran on the strategy of TV ads, and the ones who aren't spending the most are shocked (SHOCKED!!!) that the person spending the most is winning.

            "What if you're on a game show one day and the name of some random New Jersey state senator is the only thing between you and several thousand dollars? And you'll think to yourself, "if only I had clapped faster." - sapelcovits

            by rdw72777 on Fri May 02, 2014 at 08:49:56 AM PDT

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