My Pa-12 prospects are dropping like a rock…

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My Pa-12 prospects are dropping like a rock...

Still only $50 in the kitty. I’ve had the car checked and struts replaced. ($225) an I’m told I need two new tires before I even think about such a trip.

I won’t be ask­ing the read­ers for this since they are things I would need no mat­ter what, but it very much looks like any­thing that goes on in Pa-​12 will hap­pen with­out me. If you want to change that click here.

How­ever that is less impor­tant that what IS going on in PA-​12 and that seems to be trend­ing poorly:

Mark Critz, a for­mer aide to the late John Murtha and the Demo­c­ra­tic nom­i­nee to replace him, has pulled out to a 6-​point lead in the spe­cial elec­tion for Pennsylvania’s 12th dis­trict, accord­ing to a new Susque­hanna poll. Critz leads Repub­li­can Tim Burns 44%-38% with less than a week to go.

This is a huge swing from polls last month show­ing Burns in the lead and over 40%. Of course there is cer­tainly time to turn this around but the inter­est­ing this is the fact that this takes place after Critz has taken pains to dis­tance him­self from both the party and the health­care vote. That fact in itself speaks vol­umes to the pop­u­lar­tiy of the demo­c­ra­tic con­gress and the power of the tea party message.

Critz is tak­ing pains to dis­tance him­self from its agenda as the vote draws nearer. Most con­spic­u­ously, the for­mer Murtha aide launched a tele­vi­sion ad this week­end in which — with his voice appar­ently hoarse from the cam­paign trail — he aims to set the record straight and declares his oppo­si­tion to the health care law passed and signed last month. It was a response to an ad from the National Repub­li­can Cam­paign Com­mit­tee which said Critz “will put the lib­eral agenda before Pennsylvania.”

I’m pro life and pro gun. That’s not a lib­eral,” Critz says in his own spot.

Critz’s camp also says he opposes a pro­posed cap-​and-​trade law, some­thing Murtha voted for when the House first acted on it last year.

Burns should be press­ing on the repeal issue, Critz is talk­ing a good game but will he vote for repeal and if he says so how long will it take him to break that promise? It only took Bill Owens of NY-​23 one day to break four of his.

PA-​12 vot­ers should con­sider care­fully before they let them­selves be hood­winked on this, and Burns should be play­ing that flip flop card strongly.

Still only $50 in the kitty. I’ve had the car checked and struts replaced. ($225) an I’m told I need two new tires before I even think about such a trip.

I won’t be asking the readers for this since they are things I would need no matter what, but it very much looks like anything that goes on in Pa-12 will happen without me. If you want to change that click here.

However that is less important that what IS going on in PA-12 and that seems to be trending poorly:

Mark Critz, a former aide to the late John Murtha and the Democratic nominee to replace him, has pulled out to a 6-point lead in the special election for Pennsylvania’s 12th district, according to a new Susquehanna poll. Critz leads Republican Tim Burns 44%-38% with less than a week to go.

This is a huge swing from polls last month showing Burns in the lead and over 40%. Of course there is certainly time to turn this around but the interesting this is the fact that this takes place after Critz has taken pains to distance himself from both the party and the healthcare vote. That fact in itself speaks volumes to the populartiy of the democratic congress and the power of the tea party message.

Critz is taking pains to distance himself from its agenda as the vote draws nearer. Most conspicuously, the former Murtha aide launched a television ad this weekend in which — with his voice apparently hoarse from the campaign trail — he aims to set the record straight and declares his opposition to the health care law passed and signed last month. It was a response to an ad from the National Republican Campaign Committee which said Critz “will put the liberal agenda before Pennsylvania.”

“I’m pro life and pro gun. That’s not a liberal,” Critz says in his own spot.

Critz’s camp also says he opposes a proposed cap-and-trade law, something Murtha voted for when the House first acted on it last year.

Burns should be pressing on the repeal issue, Critz is talking a good game but will he vote for repeal and if he says so how long will it take him to break that promise? It only took Bill Owens of NY-23 one day to break four of his.

PA-12 voters should consider carefully before they let themselves be hoodwinked on this, and Burns should be playing that flip flop card strongly.