Swann for Governor?

Friday, December 10, 2004

Posted by J. J. Jackson @ 6:37 AM


Apparently Steelers' Hall of Fame Reviever Lynn Swann is inquiring about a potential bid for the Governorship of Pennsylvania in 2006 on the Republican ticket and to run against Ed Rendell (D) who currently holds the seat. I heard this blurb on the local news this morning but if true will continue to stick nails in the coffin of the idea that it is the Democrats that are the party of "minorities" in America.

Swann campaigned for President Bush during his 2004 re-election bid and would bring right of center (although maybe not conservative/libertarian ideas) to the Governor's house in a state that sorely needs direction and where pretty much only the cities voted for Kerry/Edwards.

The story appears today in the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette and apparently Swann has been in contact with state House Majority Leader Sam Smith (R).

And the Rendell camp began spinning right away too! "it would be a lofty task for anyone to beat Ed Rendell. He has delivered on his promises and anyone who wants to run against him will be in for quite a challenge." said Rendell spokeswoman Kate Philips. I guess she forgot about his promise to not raise taxes until we got REAL property tax reform. Gee. I haven't seen any reform to my property taxes yet, but guess what? We are getting a 3.8 cent per gallon gas tax increase in January 2005 (source). True, the legislature determines this and NOT the Governor, however Rendell didn't make a serious attempt to veto this increase either. Delivered on all his promises? Gee, I guess we forgot about that one eh? Of course what is a promise to a liberal except empty?


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