While the Governor’s race is all but decided, Wolf still has a giant problem: What does he do after Nov 4th when he wakes up and finds he is stuck with a Republican controlled State Senate?
The hope of flipping the state house evaporated due to the sheer incompetence of the PA HDCC. They raise about $4-$5 million a cycle, and they couldn’t even field candidates in 10 GOP districts with a Dem registration advantage, in a year with the most unpopular Governor on the GOP ballot. Fresh Start should have fielded some independent candidates in those races.
Does Wolf think Pileggi is suddenly going to abandon the GOP special interests, and support funding public education, transportation, minimum wage increases, abortion rights, clean air/water, etc?
Wolf can win by more than the total vote out of Philadelphia, but he’d be happier losing if he’s stuck with a Republican Senate. There are only two or three Senate seats that are considered flippable. How much is it worth to Wolf’s supporters for him to be able to accomplish anything?
Pennsylvania SEIU Cope gave Wolf $500K. PSEA PACE $500K. AFT $450K. How much have they given to flip the senate?
Is it worth a million dollars to win 3 State Senate races and control a chamber?
I’ve been going to events and talking to the troops. The biggest complaint I hear is that Wolf has no coordinated campaign to have coattails.
Every call, every ad should have language to the effect of: “Vote for Tom Wolf as part of straight Democratic ticket, to give him a legislature that will reverse, not preserve, Tom Corbett’s failed legacy.”
This is the most important thing Wolf can do at this point. If he can’t flip the Senate (and make gains in the House), he’ll be a Governor who can’t govern. He’ll be blocked at every turn by the same special interests supporting Corbett, and their elected stooges.
Wolf was thwarted when he tried to install his pick for the Dem State Committee. If he really wants to lead the party, he’s got to have coattails.