Tuesday, September 15, 2015
Does Fetterman Have a Shot?
Most politicians look to see which way a crowd is going before deciding to follow. There's very little leadership, especially in the LV delegation to the state house. The higher the office, the more reluctant candidates are to actually say anything. That's a dilemma for mainstream candidates like Hillary Clinton and Jeb Bush, who are perceived as more as the continuation of dynasties than as independent thinkers who are willing to lead. Pundits claim that this is why Donald Trump and Bernie Sanders are so popular. Could Pennslvanians be looking for someone like that in the U.S. Senate race, too?
Enter John Fetterman, the Mayor of Braddock, a borough tinier than Nazareth, and one that he won by a single vote in 2005. Could he be the guy that takes out Joe Sestak and Katie McGinty in the race for the Democratic nod?
He certainly fits the role of the anti-politician. Standing 6'8" tall, he looks more like a bouncer or Hell's Angel than a graduate of Harvard, which he incidentally is.
He announced his candidacy from his rooftop today.
He's interested in helping people get education, housing and jobs. Instead of fine dining or special tax breaks for gazillionaires, he is interested in seeing that people are fed and that people will come if they are treated right.
Does he have a chance?