#PAGov: People Who Don’t Matter Divided Over Tom Wolf

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There was lots of “Democrats Divided” stuff in the media last week, but it’s not really “Democrats” divided, it’s really just “members of the Democratic state committee,” who matter basically not at all, divided over the party chair.

Some people are having fun imagining this is some proxy fight with deeper roots, but I promise you it isn’t. In reality Tom Wolf is very popular with Democratic voters in every poll, and is having no trouble raising money from any of the party-aligned groups. Regular Democrats love them some Tom Wolf.

It’s fun for political reporters to cover controversy, but covering the tussle over Jim Burn vs Katie McGinty among state committee members as some kind of important division among Democratic voters over the nominee is just silly and inaccurate.

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14 Responses to #PAGov: People Who Don’t Matter Divided Over Tom Wolf

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  2. bramr101 says:

    We were having fun with a back room scrum, after having been soooooooo nice to each other for a month and a half! It was just wrestling!

  3. bramr101 says:

    I’m glad, how it all worked out! You?

    • Jon Geeting says:

      Very glad. It would’ve been nice to see somebody more high profile replace Burn, and I’m reliably informed that McGinty did in fact have the votes to replace him, but everybody gets to look happy now.

      • bramr101 says:

        We’ll miss Burn and we won’t have him to kick around forever. I’ve been begging him to join Twitter, but the guy’s game is tighter than that. He wrote me in part:

        I would like I congratulate Katie on her new position. She brings a dynamic personality and skill set that will certainly help Tom Wolf as we all move forward. We in the State Party are happy for Katie and Tom. We pledge our support and all of our energy to work with Katie and Tom Wolf to remove Tom Corbett, America’s least popular Governor, from office.

        Game just as tight game for his rationale to remain on, too. Two columns best left separated. Hammer and anvil.

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  5. Rich says:

    Last week, McGinty was going to push the party left as chair of state committee, this week state committee “doesn’t matter.” Which is it?

    • Jon Geeting says:

      The state committee could be effective, with the right leadership and the right strategy – neither of which are there right now, so they don’t matter.

    • In Support Of the Party says:

      I was going to say the same thing here. Jon– you wrote articles on this. You can’t say the fight doesn’t matter if you tried to make a big stink about it last week…

      • Jon Geeting says:

        Again, the state committee *could* matter if they did some things differently, like we discussed in the other thread, but the current organization isn’t effective and doesn’t control any voters. There’s an important fight to be had over the chair, because the chair could work to make the organization more effective. But if a rump of state committeepeople have a problem with Tom Wolf, that doesn’t actually have any ramifications for Wolf beyond those people.

  6. Pam says:

    The Democratic party that is ignoring the anti-fracking part of its own platform? That Democratic party that isn’t divided? Yeah right. The only difference between the Toms and the environmental damage is that one is giving the state away to the frackers and the other will sell it (read Raging Chicken Press article today about Wolf and McGinty’s ties to the drillers). Tom Wolf may be a genuinely nice guy but I am extremely worried about the environmental and health effects that we will face in the coming years due to Marcellus Shale.

    • steventodd says:

      Fracking is a big and growing source of tension among otherwise allied Democrats. I speak first hand. I am taking flack – rightfully so – from my more fracktivist friends. It ought to receive much more press. McGinty/Burn is inside baseball, fracking is a rift. Division? Not yet, but something to keep an eye on.

  7. Tony Campisi says:

    Much ado about nothing. The PA Democratic State Committee was irrelevant before May 20, and remains irrelevant post May 20. It’s a committee who’s sole purpose is to throw a big party three times a year and to perpetuate its own irrelevance and the “power” of those running it. Nothing new to report there. The fact that every gubernatorial nominee as for back as most of us can remember, except Tom Wolf, got to pick his own team at state committee makes the organization’s irrelevance all the more significant.