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Saturday, Oct. 27, 2012, 8:54 p.m.
 

We suspect that Debbie Wasserman Schultz, Democratic National Committee chairwoman, was watching “Monday Night Football” instead of the final presidential debate.

How else to explain the glaringly inaccurate comments the Florida congresswoman made on Fox News immediately after the debate regarding Republican presidential nominee Mitt Romney?

“What I was surprised about, during the entire section of the debate on the Middle East, Mitt Romney didn't bring up Israel once,” she said. “I think it just shows he isn't committed to Israel as he says he is and has really only used the issue as a political opportunity.”

A cogent analysis, certainly. Unfortunately, it wasn't true.

As National Review Online noted, Romney brought up Israel not once, not twice, but 11 times during the debate.

Yes, we're guessing that Wasserman Schultz was watching the Bears pummel the Lions on ESPN instead of viewing the debate. The only other reasonable conclusion to draw is that she intentionally lied, and of course that can't be the case.

Who knew she was such a big football fan?

RENDELL RAPS CASEY CAMPAIGN. U.S. Sen. Bob Casey is attempting to smooth over his latest tiff with former Gov. Ed Rendell.

Engaged in a tight re-election race against Republican businessman Tom Smith, Casey's campaign staff distanced itself from his media consultant's recent criticism of Rendell for knocking Casey's campaign.

Rendell had stated that Casey had taken Smith too lightly and “had run a non-campaign” featuring “only one stupid campaign ad.”

In response, the media consultant, Saul Shorr, told The Philadelphia Inquirer, “Instructive criticism is one thing, ignorance is something else.” He noted the campaign actually had aired seven commercials across the state since September.

Larry Smar, Casey campaign manager, immediately took steps to at least give the appearance that no divisiveness exists between his boss and Rendell.

Shorr's comments “were not authorized by the Casey campaign and do not reflect Sen. Casey's views,” Smar said in an email to donors. “(Casey) appreciates the strong support he has received from Gov. Rendell over the past 16 years in several campaigns and is looking forward to campaigning with the governor in the days ahead.”

Will that conciliatory tone prompt Rendell to campaign for Casey in the race's final week? Stay tuned.

JACK TREKS BACK HOME. As a possible prelude to a Pittsburgh mayoral bid, state Auditor General Jack Wagner has begun raising his profile in town.

Wagner stopped outside his old Downtown stomping grounds at the City-County Building on Wednesday to endorse state Rep. Eugene DePasquale, D-York, to succeed him as auditor general. Wagner's second term in the position is expiring and the Pennsylvania Constitution prohibits him from seeking a third.

Wagner, a former city councilman and state senator, also will appear in the upcoming Pittsburgh Veterans Day Parade. For that event, he is helping coordinate a tribute to local soldiers who have served in the Middle East since the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attacks.

That will only fuel speculation that Wagner is going to challenge Mayor Luke Ravenstahl in next year's Democrat primary, a scenario that has to have city Councilman Bill Peduto perspiring profusely.

Peduto is going to take on the mayor and would prefer a one-on-one battle against the Lukester.

EMPTY SEATS FOR SANTORUM SPEECH. This doesn't bode well for Rick Santorum's future presidential aspirations.

Tickets remain available for Monday's Franklin County Republican Party Eisenhower Day Dinner, for which Pennsylvania's former U.S. senator is slated to return to his former home state to be the keynote speaker.

The folks in Franklin County apparently aren't happy that they couldn't sell out the dinner with Santorum headlining it, the Chambersburg newspaper website PublicOpinionOnline.Com reported. Party officials said they were hoping to lure a member of Mitt Romney's family to the dinner.

We wish them much luck in that venture. Santorum, of course, still harbors dreams of someday winning 270 Electoral College votes — though his name can't even fill a Franklin County banquet hall.

LIGHTS, CAMERA, ACTION? Excela Health has no plans to use the former Jeannette District Memorial Hospital for medical purposes, but could the bright lights of Hollywood be in the building's future?

Jen Miele, vice president of marketing and communications for Excela, said there have been inquiries about using the building for a movie. The hospital closed in 2011.

Miele disclosed that nugget during a press briefing held last week to announce that Excela will build a medical mall at an undetermined site in Hempfield, another along Route 30 in Unity and a third, smaller clinic adjacent to the Ligonier Valley YMCA in Ligonier.

The health system operates hospitals in Greensburg, Latrobe and Mt. Pleasant.

Miele did not disclose who made the movie inquiry or whether the movie would be an “ER”- or horror-type flick.

TOP GUNS. Some Westmoreland County Sheriff's Department deputies shot out the lights at a statewide marksmanship event.

The Deputy Sheriffs' Association of Pennsylvania held its first Top Gun Event near the State Correctional Institution at Rockview. Approximately 50 deputies from several counties competed.

Westmoreland deputes who excelled are Irvin Shipley and Dan Miller, first and second, respectively, in the individual competition; and Steve Stolitca and Josh Dobbin, third in the two-man competition.

“For these deputies to win trophies in such a competitive atmosphere demonstrates how professional and well trained all of the deputies are in the office,” said Sheriff Jon Held.

DEBT FIXERS. Some well-known Pennsylvania politicos and businessmen are part of a bipartisan group's new “Fix the Debt” campaign.

Last week, the group of 288,000 business leaders kicked off in Pennsylvania. It's calling on policymakers to address the impending “fiscal cliff” and steer the national debt toward long-term sustainability.

Among the group's steering committee members are former Gov. Mark Schweiker, a Republican;Gene Barr, president and CEO, Pennsylvania Chamber of Business and Industry; T.J. Rooney, former Pennsylvania Democratic Party chairman; Dave Patti, president and CEO, Pennsylvania Business Council; Earl Baker, former Pennsylvania Republican Party chairman; Bill Stewart, Democrat and former state senator of Cambria County; and Westmoreland County Commissioner Tyler Courtney, a Republican.

— compiled by Tribune-Review staff

 

 
 


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