Anthony Hardy Williams, the Philadelphia-based state senator who’s now running for governor, has raised $1.7 million since the beginning of 2010. Now he’s hitting the spotlight—TV ads!
The Inquirer reports Williams’ ads are going to begin running today in all markets except Philadelphia and we’ll be watching 30-second happy faces alongside and sharp buzzwords/phrases like “Plan,” “Controlling waste” and “Cleaning up Harrisburg” by early next week. So far, Dan Onorato is the only other candidate shoving his face into your living room.
While Williams’ numbers are impressive, what’s bizarre is where the money is coming from: school-choice advocates and political-action committees. Democrats for Education Reform gave Williams a whopping $750,000, though the nonprofit lacks a branch in Pennsylvania (its website claims branches in Colorado, Michigan, Missouri, New Jersey Rhode Island and Wisconsin).
Students First gave Williams $250,000. This newish nonprofit is also about school choice, and its spokesman, Joe Watkins, is a Republican from Philadelphia.
Williams has also transferred money from his own PAC, Make A Difference, and stored up cash from his senate campaign committee into his governor’s war chest.
So, what we’ve gathered is that Williams supports school choice, wants to lower taxes and lock up the parents of problem children. Why not just run as a Republican?
According to fundraising numbers, Dan Onorato has taken in $1.1 million since Jan. 1, though has $6.7 million on hand. Tom Corbett has raised $1.8 million and has $4 million with which to put on red. Joe Hoeffel has raised $240,000 and owns $101,500 and Wagner raised $220,000 and has about $675,000.
We expect Joe Hoeffel to have a passive-aggressive field day with the sources of Williams’ contributors.
Like AG Corbett and State Sen. Williams before him, Joe Hoeffel is saying things to get attention in the little-noticed race to replace Fast Eddie.
Our Attorney General is wasting no time trying to deny Pa. residents from receiving the benefits of the new federal health-care bill. Here comes the lawsuit.
But when asked about Corbett’s main beef with the bill—that it is unconstitutional for Washington to force citizens to purchase health insurance (or else pay a fine)—the mayor looked confused: “Well, I think there’s an option where you can opt out of that. There’s a part, I think, that says you don’t have to have health care.”
How is it possible that state Sen. Williams is now one of two Democrats who could become our next governor?
It would have been nice to hear the Republican candidates’ take on the environment but, though invited, they declined to participate.
An Inky study details, in terms of pure numbers, how Democratic Pennsylvania has become. We think this is no time to get excited.