Looks like Fetterman stubbed his toe already. Did not show up so the press reminds voters of his little gun pointed at Black jogger incident.
“You can’t win Pennsylvania as a Democrat without significant turnout from Black people in Pennsylvania,” Tyler said, “and we deserve to hear from him and he’s gotta explain that to us.”
Mr. Fetterman has said he heard gunfire near his Braddock home in 2013 and pursued a man wearing a mask who he believed was involved. Mr. Fetterman chased him in his truck and then approached the man with a shotgun. He turned out to be an unarmed Black jogger. Mr. Fetterman said he didn’t know the man’s race and never pointed the shotgun at him, and he posted a lengthy explanation last year.
The jogger has said the gun was pointed at him, and also that he doesn’t think the incident should define Mr. Fetterman.
What I find even more amazing is that Conner Lamb was also a no show and not even mentioned.
Would have been awesome if Carla Sands or Doc Oz had been there.
Appears like it was more of a political ad for Kenyatta…
Mr. Fetterman’s primary opponents saw the church forum as significant enough to prompt a rare volley of direct criticism. State Rep. Malcolm Kenyatta, D-Philadelphia, said it’s time for Mr. Fetterman “to leave the candidate protection program.” Montgomery County Commissioner Val Arkoosh questioned how Mr. Fetterman would face Republicans in Washington if he won’t “stand before voters in the largest Black church in Philadelphia and answer their questions.”
The organizers KNEW Fetterman had to be at the State Capitol when they scheduled this.
I don’t see him associating himself as a Trump R. I also have never seen anything that would indicate he was a Romney Rino. Everything I’ve seen implies he’s a conservative person, practicing conservative principles for decades and has decided to apply his knowledge and everything thing else he brings to the table for the good of Pa. and it’s citizens. There doesn’t appear to be any drama in his political portfolio and I like that.
If Dr. Oz gets nominated it’s already over. A carpet bagger from Cleveland against John Fetterman? The dude who graduated Harvard and came back to be mayor of one of the worst parts of Pittsburgh where he grew up?
OZ leading in scant polls? I am dubious still worth reporting.
His rivals boast about endorsements while Dr. Oz generated coverage by challenging Dr. Anthony Fauci to a televised debate.
“Doctor to doctor,” he said.
And while rivals committed to candidate forums, he skipped them. Dr. Oz instead found time for bigger stages: getting a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame and speaking at this week’s Conservative Political Action Conference in Florida.
By all accounts, Dr. Oz is leading polls, although public polling is scant and the rest is internal campaign polling.
He is also wealthy.
Exactly how wealthy is not clear, since he requested an extension to file a financial disclosure statement to the Senate.
But Dr. Oz, 61, told Sunday’s audience that he put $10 million of his own money into a race that features a multi-million-dollar TV smackdown between him, former hedge fund CEO David McCormick and a McCormick-aligned super PAC that is fueled by Wall Street cash.
On the Dem side the lack of a woke front runner is upsetting to some.
Mr. Kenyatta has raised much less campaign cash than Mr. Fetterman and Mr. Lamb. Minimal polling so far suggests he’s narrowly behind or tied with Mr. Lamb — but both trail Mr. Fetterman by double digits. He’s less well known than Mr. Fetterman, who has run two statewide races, and arguably Mr. Lamb, whose 2018 special election win got national attention.
Another challenge is a potential disconnect between some Democrats’ enthusiasm for him and their assumptions about who can win in November — his so-called electability. Pennsylvania is older and whiter than most states, but its electorate has become younger and more diverse over the last decade.
Pennsylvania has never had a senator or governor who is Black or a woman. In more than a dozen interviews with Kenyatta supporters and neutral observers, there was an undercurrent of frustration that the party could nominate two straight white men for Senate and governor.