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Democrat Joe Torsella, who briefly hoped to challenge Arlen Specter in next year’s general election, has endorsed the five-term senator, according to a statement released by the Specter campaign today.
Torsella, a former president and CEO of the National Constitution Center, dropped out of the race in May, about two weeks after Specter announced he was leaving to the Republican party to become a Democrat.
“I decided to withdraw from the race following Senator Specter’s …full story
June 30, 2009 at 11:48 am | Comments (52)
Ain’t Joe Torsella a nice guy? Still busy heading up the state’s board of education and barely a month removed from his Senate race exit, the former Constitution Center CEO is still finding time to help out the staffers who had expected a nice, election-cycle length stint on his campaign payroll.
This came into my inbox a couple days ago but I’m only just getting to it now. In an e-mail to supporters Monday, …full story
June 17, 2009 at 3:49 pm | Comments (0)
In the days leading up to Democrat Joe Torsella’s withdrawal from the Senate race, his campaign insistently waved off rumors that the former National Constitution Center CEO might take a job heading the Greater Philadelphia Chamber of Commerce as a sort of political reward for clearing the primary field for Senator Arlen Specter.
Looks like they weren’t kidding.
News broke this morning of a new Chamber CEO, and it’s not Torsella. It’s state Senator Rob …full story
June 1, 2009 at 11:01 am | Comments (49)
It took Democrat Joe Torsella six weeks to raise over $600,000 for his Senate campaign.
Giving the money back should prove easier, if not as satisfying.
Now that he is not running for Senate, Torsella’s campaign faces one major logistical hurdle before disbanding completely: how to quickly and effectively return money to the hundreds of donors that had helped Torsella become a viable candidate by forking over their cash for his early fundraising blitz.…full story
May 18, 2009 at 5:45 am | Comments (48)
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Joe Torsella’s campaign had everything planned to a tee. The Democratic Senate candidate would release a video Friday morning telling his supporters of his decision to exit the race, and reporters who had been hearing rumors would be simultaneously notified.
But then, as so often happens in politics, the news leaked.
Citing two “well-placed Democratic sources,” Politico broke the …full story
May 18, 2009 at 5:35 am | Comments (96)
Democrat Joe Torsella released a video to his supporters Thursday night explaining his decision to drop out of the Senate race.
Below are the video and transcript of his remarks, as provided by the Torsella campaign.
HI, I’M JOE TORSELLA.
EARLIER THIS YEAR, I DECIDED TO RUN FOR THE UNITED STATES SENATE FROM PENNSYLVANIA.
FOR TOO LONG, WASHINGTON HASN’T BEEN WORKING FOR THE REST OF US. I THOUGHT WE NEEDED A DEMOCRATIC SENATOR WHO WOULD …full story
May 15, 2009 at 10:06 am | Comments (46)
Democrat Joe Torsella is calling off his bid for the Senate, a campaign source confirmed Thursday evening.
In a video to be released to supporters soon, a transcript of which was provided by someone inside the campaign, Torsella said that he was “initially reluctant to quit something that so many people had thrown themselves into, heart and soul.
“But now that the dust has settled,” Torsella said, “it’s clear to me that the kind of …full story
May 14, 2009 at 5:49 pm | Comments (59)
Ever since Senator Arlen Specter defected to the Democrats last week, rumors have been swirling that Democratic power-brokers would try and get Joe Torsella to exit the race by offering him the helm of the Greater Philadelphia Chamber of Commerce as some kind of consolation prize.
But Torsella’s campaign says he’s only interested in running for U.S. Senate, and that no one has approached him about the job over the last week anyway.
“No one …full story
May 7, 2009 at 11:47 am | Comments (49)
Now that Senator Arlen Specter has lost his seniority, there should be no doubt that his opponents will seek to nullify what has often been a key argument for his reelection—that his rank in the Senate makes him a boon to the state.
In an interview, Democrat Joe Torsella’s spokesman made the early outlines of such an argument clear.
“What does Arlen Specter have to offer?” he asked. “He’s got no seniority. He’s got …full story
May 7, 2009 at 11:33 am | Comments (52)
The dissension among party rank-and-file and liberal activists began almost immediately: Why, people wondered last week, was the Democratic Party settling for a longtime Republican when it could surely do better? That sentiment has only spread in the time since Senator Arlen Specter defected to the Democrats last week.
Now, grassroots demands for a competitive Senate primary are growing louder, and they threaten to embroil Gov. Ed Rendell and the leadership in an intra-party dispute …full story
May 6, 2009 at 8:50 am | Comments (59)