Over the past week, Anthony Williams has made more headlines and raised more eyebrows, but without really doing much.
Universally-hated Rick Santorum, before painting quasi-socialist Arlen Specter as a former Republican last weekend, had deep praise for the state senator from Pa.’s 8th District. He claimed Williams has taken a principled stand on the school-choice issue, to which he dedicated part of his Inky column.
Within his fawn, Pennsylvania’s former senator claimed, “[Williams] raised more than twice as much money as any other contender last quarter, thanks largely to school-choice advocates and middle-class blacks who see him as the future,” and was properly destroyed by Will Bunch over at the Attytood blog, who wrote in response: “I'm be curious to know how Santorum is allowed to flatly assert that Williams' donors are "middle-class blacks"—since the last time I checked people don't identify either their race or how much money they earn on campaign disclosure forms.” We’ve written, as has Bunch, that virtually all Williams’ money has come from gigantic school-choice advocates with millions of dollars at their collective disposals.
Anyway, Santorum’s lying aside, it was sort of weird that someone who once claimed Democrats' actions were “the equivalent of Adolf Hitler in 1942,” praise a Democrat, even if it’s solely based on that Democrat embracing a typically Republican issue. Though we’re not putting an act of reverse psychology past the Saint Joe’s party crasher.
And yesterday, Philly bigshot Bob Brady, endorsed Williams, much to the dismay of Joe Hoeffel, still. After the endorsement, Williams flexed his political muscles, saying, “There's no other person in this race who has the dominant part of the Democratic machine on Election Day working for them” since only he and Onorato, it would seem, have enough money to make misleading television commercials on the Democratic side.
A month ago, we’d never have thought Williams could have taken his sneak attack to the larger state level. We’re ready to be proven wrong.
Anthony Williams campaign for governor is raising some big cash from unexpected places (for a Democrat.)
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.