The (Too?) Careful Candidate: Inside Katie McGinty’s Senate Run

Photography by Will Figg

Photography by Will Figg

I have been getting some pretty weird emails from Senator Pat Toomey’s reelection campaign lately. There’s an anxious, almost desperate quality to them.

“Can’t sleep” was the subject of one from late June, which arrived a few hours shy of an important fund-raising deadline.

“Had to email you,” said another.

“Running out of time.”

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Anti-Gun Violence Advocate Gabby Giffords Endorses Pat Toomey


Gabby Giffords (courtesy of her Facebook page), left, Pat Toomey (Manuel Balce Ceneta/AP), right

An anti-gun violence PAC led by U.S. Representative Gabby Giffords announced its endorsement of Republican Senator Pat Toomey yesterday.

Giffords and her husband, astronaut Mark Kelly, wrote an op-ed published on CNN outlining why their PAC, Americans for Responsible Solutions, chose to endorse Toomey and fellow Republican Senator Mark Kirk, among other politicians.

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Poll: McGinty Gains Slight Lead in Senate Race as Clinton Pulls Ahead of Trump

Katie McGinty

A new Quinnipiac University poll says that Democrat Katie McGinty has gained a small lead on Republican incumbent Pat Toomey in Pennsylvania’s Senate race.

The poll, which was released today, puts support for McGinty at 47 percent of likely voters, ahead of Toomey’s 44 percent, but says the race remains a toss-up. Women and minorities in Pennsylvania who participated in the poll largely back McGinty, while white male participants prefer Toomey.

The Quinnipiac University survey is the most recent of three notable polls released shortly after the Democratic National Convention that place McGinty ahead of Toomey. There’s one thing the three polls have in common: They also place Hillary Clinton ahead of Donald Trump. Read more »

Toomey Still Won’t Say Whether He’ll Vote for Trump

Pat Toomey and Donald Trump | Photo Credit, L to R: AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite, AP Photo/Andrew Harnik

Pat Toomey and Donald Trump | Photo Credit, L to R: AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite; AP Photo/Andrew Harnik

Senator Pat Toomey is committed to non-commitment when it comes to his party’s nominee for president.

At a press conference on Thursday, Toomey refused to clarify his position on Donald Trump. In response to questions from reporters, Toomey repeated that he has not endorsed Trump, and said he’s making up his mind about whether to support him. Read more »

Katie McGinty Rolls Out First TV Ad of General Election

We’ve been following the campaign ad blitz in the race for Pennsylvania’s junior senate seat pretty closely. There was the pro-Sen. Pat Toomey ad from a conservative independent group with an atrocious depiction of a cheesesteak, and there was the anti-Toomey ad from a liberal group that had a litter box in it for some reason. Plus, there was an independent ad saying McGinty might kidnap your kids, and a web ad from the McGinty team tying Toomey to Donald Trump.

Well! Today, McGinty is unveiling the her first television ad of the general election campaign. And… it’s a standard political “intro” ad. McGinty talks about how she was one of 10 children growing up while eschewing a Just the Ten of Us reference.

There is one part of it that especially caught my eye, though. Read more »

New McGinty Ad Calls Toomey “Senator Elevator”

Republicans running for office have a major problem this year, and his name is Donald Trump. While Trump is popular, this is his first run for public office — and he’s not on the same page as the GOP in terms of messaging. Naturally, the press is grilling downballot Republicans about his comments.

One such Republican running for office is Pennsylvania Sen. Pat Toomey. He’s distanced himself a bit from Trump. He was a supporter of Marco Rubio, and voted for Ted Cruz in Pennsylvania’s April primary. He even penned an Inquirer op-ed giving Trump some unsolicited advice while saying he would vote for the party’s nominee.

“I hope to get to the point where I can enthusiastically support Donald Trump,” Toomey later said. “I’m not there right now and I hope we don’t get to a point where I decide I just can’t support him.”

He’s not quite there yet. After Trump’s speech on the Orlando massacre was widely panned, Toomey ducked into an elevator when reporters asked questions. Read more »

New Anti-McGinty Ad Suggests She’ll Kidnap Your Kids

It’s only June, but I can’t imagine anything tops the Pat ToomeyKatie McGinty Senate race in TV commercial quality. First, we had a Democratic PAC and its weird anti-Toomey ad featuring kittens and a litter box. Then, we had an anti-McGinty ad that featured some tremendous overacting and a horrible depiction of a cheesesteak.

Actually, minutes after the primary race ended, we had attack ads on both sides of the race. The McGinty and Toomey camps both slammed negative ads launched against their respective candidates, including one that featured a McGinty impersonator wearing a fur coat.

The U.S. Chamber of Commerce, the country’s largest lobbying group based on spending, yesterday released yet another ad. I have to admit, their commercials sure are eye-catching. Read more »

Both Pa. Senators Joined Filibuster Seeking Better Gun Control

Both of Pennsylvania’s Senators took park in a marathon filibuster that called for gun limits yesterday.

Starting 11 a.m. yesterday through early this morning, Sen. Christopher S. Murphy of Connecticut held the Senate floor to call for stricter gun control following the country’s worst ever mass shooting this past weekend in Orlando.

Pa. Senators Pat Toomey, a Republican, and Bob Casey, a Democrat, joined Murphy. All three live-tweeted the marathon, thanking the flood of supporters who reached out via social media, calls and emails.

By Wednesday night, #filibuster was trending on Twitter. The marathon ran for 15 hours.

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Pro-Pat Toomey Ad Has Atrocious Cheesesteak Depiction

It’s only June, but the airways are already full of ads in the U.S. Senate race between Republican incumbent Pat Toomey and Democratic challenger Katie McGinty. Last week, we explored an anti-Pat Toomey ad that included shots of two kittens and a litter box.

This week, we have an even weirder ad, this one from a group supporting Toomey. The United States Chamber of Commerce, the largest lobbying group in the country, has begun running an ad titled “Cheesesteak” on local networks. It depicts a fake focus group.

And it’s bonkers. Roll Call called it “cheesy.” It opens with a choice between two cheesesteak toppings: Whiz and silly string. Read more »

Weird New Anti-Pat Toomey Ad Compares Him to a Kitten

The ad above was released late last month, but it’s now airing on Philadelphia-area TV stations. (I saw it yesterday during the Extra/Access Hollywood block on NBC 10.) It’s from the Senate Majority PAC, a Democratic group, and it compares Pat Toomey to a kitten.

It’s an odd choice, considering I just got over thinking about cigarettes whenever I see a cat thanks to Truth’s #Catmageddon commercial from the Grammys. Now I’m going to think about Pat Toomey every time I pet Detective John Munch? Read more »

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