Archive for January, 2012
With a sturdy genealogy linked to politics and Pennsylvannia, Bob Casey jr. was elected to the U.S. Senate in 2006. Bob upset incumbent conservative Republican Rick Santorium who is currently seeking the Republican nomination for the office of President of The United States. Bob Casey sr. was a popular Governor in the state. This time around Senator Casey will be standing on his own two feet.
Republicans will link Casey to President Obama whose approval rating in the state has slumped since his election in 2008. Casey has stood shoulder to shoulder with the President in opposition to Republican initiatives to increase the struggles of We The People. In Pennsylvania, history suggests that candidates rise and fall based on their connections to the President. Indeed, it was Santorum’s allegiance to President Bush that opened the door for Casey in 2006.
President Obama has not fared well in recent polls in the state. This time around Casey is banking on the state’s track record of supporting candidates that have reasonable solutions. Senator Casey is a much-needed voice for We The People. The Senator drew kudos for challenging The House Republicans in regards to the recent fiasco linked to the temporary extensions of the payroll tax cut and unemployment benefits (check for example: businessloans.org). Casey can be counted on to fight hard for the more permanent payroll tax cut upon his return to Washington.
The Senator has been a busy contributor on behalf of his constituents. He has co-sponsored or sponsored much legislation. Senator Casey was particularly active in 2011. Residents of Pennsylvania have received full value for Casey’s efforts. In addition to his forward thinking, We The People legislation, Casey has been involved with many of the most important Committees in Congress.
Since taking office, Senator Casey has had the opportunity to tackle many issues affecting Pennsylvania by sitting on several Senate Committees. If you’d like more information on any of the committees he works on, please click on the name of the committee below.
Joint Economic Committee »
Foreign Relations Committee »
- Chairman – Subcommittee on Near Eastern and South and Central Asian Affairs
- Subcommittee on East Asian and Pacific Affairs
- Subcommittee on European Affairs
- Subcommittee on International Operations and Organizations, Human Rights, Democracy and Global Women’s Issues
Agriculture, Nutrition and Forestry »
- Chairman – Subcommittee on Nutrition Specialty Crops, Food and Agricultural Research
- Subcommittee on Jobs, Rural Economic Growth and Energy Innovation
- Subcommittee on Livestock, Dairy, Poultry, Marketing and Agriculture Security
Health, Education, Labor and Pensions »
- Subcommittee on Children and Families
- Subcommittee on Primary Health and Aging
Special Committee on Aging »
Casey’s work on these committees could well position him for a 2012 run for The Presidency. In this, his first term, Casey has been able to work on both sides of the aisle but has clearly represented We The People ahead of his own best interests. In Washington, there are not enough of these politicians. His work as chairman of the Joint Economic Committee has drawn high praise. Working with Republicans who favor We The Few has proved unusually challenging as Republicans are more interested in scoring media points than working to constructively to initiative We The People legislation.
As a member of the Foreign Relations Committee, Casey has visited troops in Afghanistan. The Senator has also lobbied hard for veteran’s rights. Casey is well aware of the challenges that returning veterans will face. He has seen the Iraq and Afghanistan wars first hand. He is rightfully concerned about Iran and views conflict as a failure in diplomacy.
Senator Casey can expect a fierce reelection fight. Republicans are well positioned with a GOP Governor and with Obama’s waning approval rating. Yet, like all voters, Pennsylvania’s electorate must really evaluate their choices. Would Republicans want more gridlock or less. Would the state really support a candidate that would legislate under the weight of the Norquist Pledge or who is a member of the Tea Party. It will take more than that to unseat Senator Casey.
There could be as many as 11 Republican candidates for Casey’s seat. Most prominently mentioned are former Representative Sam Rohrer, Former Santorum aid Marc Scaringi, and state senator Jake Corman. Rohrer is considered the front-runner in what promises to be a draining nominating process. However, analysts believe that Casey has a well-organized ground game in the state.
Former Republican Governor Tom Ridge has stated that he will not pursue elected office. He or Santorum would both have name recognition but Casey polls favorably against all declared candidates. In Casey’s win over incumbent was quite remarkable. Santorum raised $25 million compared to $17 million by Casey. Santorum’s positions were just too conservative to merit another term.
Casey endorsed the President over Hilary Clinton in 2008. He later was selected to speak at the Democratic National Convention. Casey is currently sporting a 54 percent approval rating. If the employment numbers continue to increase and if the economic recovery continues to solidify, Casey and Obama will improve their approval ratings. The President’s approval rating in the state has already improved since August when he slumped to 35 percent. His ten point surge is attributed to the Republican obstructionist policies.