Good catch from Sean Kitchen:
Senators like Rob Teplitz think that Tom Corbett should get unanimous votes on even controversial nominees, because something something tradition:
I spoke with State Senator Rob Teplitz. He says that he takes a generally deferential view on gubernatorial nominees. I told him I appreciate that, especially given the gridlock on nominees we currently see at the Federal level.
He clarified that it is tradition, since Acting Secretary Abruzzo is a constituent, and since Sen Teplitz sees no ethical issues with the Governor’s nominee, that he did present and introduce him.
Teplitz did say he intends to vote to seat Abruzzo, although he is not the ideal nominee he would pick. Teplitz said he feels Abruzzo meets “minimal standards” for that office. Teplitz said that, in context with the entire exchange, Abruzzo did not come across as a climate denier to Teplitz.
This is just bad politics. Democrats have a narrow minority in the Senate. They want voters to give them control of the Senate next November. And to do that, they need to create moments of contrast between the Democratic Party’s values and the Republican Party’s values.
If Democrats staged a party-line vote against Abruzzo, they wouldn’t actually stop Corbett from getting his nominee, but they would send a strong message to voters about what the Democratic Party stands for. The state party is already trying to turn Abruzzo into an issue and use the controversy to raise money, but as Sean points out, Senators like Teplitz are stepping all over the message. Until the party leadership is going to start taking some responsibility for keeping everyone on message, donors are better off giving directly to individual candidates like Daylin Leach than giving money to the state party.