Sen. Williams Is On a Roll!

By Randy LoBasso
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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.

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1. Aaron Kase said... on Apr 13, 2010 at 02:04PM

“Then there's this gem in Santorum's editorial: "Williams is not your typical liberal black legislator, à la fellow West Philadelphian Rep. Chaka Fattah."”

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2. Anonymous said... on Apr 13, 2010 at 03:49PM

“rick santorum is certifiably insane. and the fact that he is optimistic about williams does nothing to reverse that diagnosis.”

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3. Anonymous said... on Apr 13, 2010 at 04:04PM

“I wouldn't vote for that out of control, do nothing, can't even control his own weight, all day video playing fool if someone paid me! Oh, by the way, his team is buying votes, but they don't have enough money to my vote or my friends, and their friends, and their friends, and their friends, and so, and so on, and so on, and...........”

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4. Anonymous said... on Apr 13, 2010 at 04:37PM

“Why williams? Hes knows nothing about being an executive and his experience is nothing compared to Hoeffel. Why would any democrat endorse williams. I'm sure hes a nice man but that doesn't mean he has the depth of understanding on ALL the various issues like Wagner or Hoeffel does. Onorato has money but he is too much of a politician unlike Wagner and Hoeffel who say what they mean and mean what they say. Hoeffel has my vote though...Wagner is too conservative and the rest just aren't qualified.”

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