Tuesday, March 28, 2006
If Pennsylvania state Treasurer Bob Casey Jr. has his way, Republican Sen. Rick Santorum will be searching the help-wanted ads come November. The Democratic challenger to the controversial #3 man in the Senate just received some critical support, picking up the coveted endorsement of the Democratic State Committee over the weekend.
Casey also received the backing of nine female Democratic U.S. Senators who sent a letter to invited guests to a "Women for Casey" fundraiser Monday night in Philadelphia hosted by former Secretary of State Madeleine K. Albright. The event raised $100,000 for his campaign. Though Casey is a bit controversial because of his pro-life stand, the female Senators, who include Hillary Clinton (NY), Barbara Boxer (CA), Mary Landrieu (LA), Debbie Stabenow (MI) and Diane Feinstein (CA), described themselves as "pragmatic" and "progressive," and urged attendees to throw their "full support" to Santorum's challenger. They also cited Casey's commitment to "children, the elderly and everyday Americans who don't have a voice."
Casey's been aggressively attacking Santorum these past several weeks as the election draws closer and the field narrows. He said Santorum is out of touch with constituents and represents the failed GOP agenda.
"Rick Santorum is not just a participant. He's a leader of the band," Casey said over the weekend.
Casey needed two-thirds majority to receive the Committee's endorsement over his Democratic rivals, Alan Sandals, a Philadelphia pension lawyer, and Chuck Pennacchio, a professor at the University of the Arts in Philadelphia. The vote was just a handful shy of being unanimous.