Monday, September 18, 2006

Lost in Philadelphia

The stealth campaign of Lynn Swann pulled into Philadelphia today (Monday, 9-18) for a news conference.
You folks in the rest of the state may have seen a lot of the Republican candidate for governor. In the east, he's been the invisible man.
And why not? Better for Swann to spend his time elsewhere. This is Rendell country. It's daunting to go on the home turf of an opponent who left the Philadelphia media market four years ago with a 550,000-votes in his pocket.
That's not total votes. That's the Rendell margin over Mike Fisher.
Still, I wish Swann would give an encouraging sign that he gets it.
As a public figure, he is everything you could ask for -- sleek, handsome and articulate (up to a point -- that point being when he must answer in specifics. )
As a candidate, though, why does he seem so hapless?
Then again, maybe it isn't him. Maybe it's his campaign.
Case in point: The Swann TV ad up in some markets. The topic? Welfare reform.
Not, let me ask you, is welfare reform on the top of your agenda? Is that what keeps you up at nights with worry -- Oh, my gosh, I wonder how welfare reform is going! It is a Clinton era program and Swann's principal criticism is that the Rendell administration hasn't gone fast enough in implementing some of its provisions. Will that makes his numbers move? I doubt it.
Case in point 2: In this race, Swann is supposed to be the fiscal conservative and Rendell the big spender. So, what's he come to Philadelphia to do? To unveil an anti-crime program, a centerpiece of which is to have the state help pay for 5,000 additional police officers across the state.
(Swann is a week late on this. House Speaker John Perzel has trotted out a similar idea, though Perzel wants the state to pay for 10,000 officers.)
Swann mentioned something about paying for this program by "increasing (court) fees and fines" Apparently, he means hiking the fines and fees people who commit crimes must pay. When questioned about the cost, he replied: "I don't want to get locked into particulars."
On the other hand, I have no problem with particulars.
It costs between $60,000 and $80,000 to put a cop on the streets in Pennsylvania (including salary, fringe benefits and OT). Using the lower figure, it would cost $300 million to add 5,000 officers statewide. Even if the state picks up half the cost, it still will cost $150 million a year.
That's a lot of fines and fees.

7 Comments:

Blogger TrekMedic251 said...

Philly is Rendell country. Its also Street country,..and Fattah country,..and Bob Brady country.

Oh,..that explains why nothing ever gets done in this part of the "country."

8:12 PM  
Anonymous Leonardo Alcivar said...

Tom,

Lynn Swann has traveled the southeast and has stood in the heart of Philadelphia ALL SUMMER LONG.

If you had bothered to show up at even ONE of those stops, as did almost ALL of your colleagues, you would have known that.

And if you hadn't already professed the invincibility of your man, Ed, you'd have known that the commercial you cited was our second, not the first.

The great thing about being a columnist is that you get to be selective with the facts and present however one sided a picture you like. It should be encouraged. But, you also have to get your facts right. Don't lecture people for not reciting facts when you yourself can't or choose not to.

Try calling my office sometime, it would go a long way toward helping you to begin doing just that -- if you wanted to.

10:35 PM  
Blogger Ajax Rasputin said...

Yeah trekmedic251, and Swann survives on your typical regressive PA voters who are living in the time of yesteryear, specifically those who reside in the conservative regions of the state.

What's your point by the way? If you knew anything about state politics you would know that Republicans control both branches of the State Congress, thus controlling appropriations and ultimately having control of what Bills pass.

Overall, Republicans vote for people who are either celebs, or people who recite mindless soundbites that sound good to your average simpleton, but accomplish nothing.

Go ahead, vote for a guy who had to be told how Roe V Wade works on ABC's "This Week."

For those who are interested in Swann's lack of knowledge visit this link:

http://youngphillypolitics.com/node/659

12:56 AM  
Blogger Ajax Rasputin said...

Yeah trekmedic251, and Swann survives (in the polls) because of your typical regressive PA voters who are living in the time of yesteryear, specifically those who reside in the conservative regions of the state.

What's your point by the way? If you knew anything about state politics you would know that Republicans control both branches of the State Congress, thus controlling appropriations and ultimately having control of what Bills pass.

This is not a defense of Street's overall policies, but I have a feeling you are one of these cry babies who earns more money than I do, but complains about the wage tax. Let me ask you Mr. "country," what programs would you cut to reduce the wage tax and still provide the services in the city, (if this is part of your objection to Street and Fattah)?

Moving on...

By and large, Republicans (who live outside of the Philly area) vote for people who are either against Philadelphia, or candidates who recite mindless soundbites that sound good to your average simpleton, but accomplish nothing.

Go ahead, vote for a guy who had to be told how Roe V. Wade works on ABC's "This Week."

For those who are interested in Swann's lack of knowledge visit this link:

Lynn Swan Info

1:16 AM  
Blogger TrekMedic251 said...

Ajax,..you typically-deluded feces-for-grey-matter Socialist. I frequently read your highly-humorous blog, "Young Philly Politics."
Every contributor, from DanielUA on down constantly p**ses and moans about the culture of corruption in this city, by this city's controlling party - The Democrats.
So,...Ajax,..if the shoe fits, kick YOUR OWN SELF in the ass!

9:42 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Swann is an empty face. Rendell is a successful lawyer and businessman. You pick.

11:20 AM  
Blogger Ajax Rasputin said...

Interesting... Evidently it has been assumed (by one individual) that I am a Democrat.

I suppose that if one isn't Republican or conservative, one must be a Dem. Sorry to burst your bubble, but I do not affiliate with a political party. I can assure you that I would not associate with yours or anything similar.

5:35 AM  

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