Celeb tweets lament loss
Some of them didn't take Mitt Romney's loss very well.
Celebrities who supported Romney's presidential bid understandably were upset over the former Massachusetts governor's defeat in Tuesday's election by President Barack Obama. Several weren't shy about sharing their disappointment on Twitter, including:
• Rocker Ted Nugent — “Good luck America, you just voted for economic and spiritual suicide. Soulless fools.”
• Real estate mogul Donald Trump — “This election is a total sham and a travesty. We are not a democracy!”
• New York Mets pitcher Matt Harvey — “I think I'm going to move to an island somewhere!”
• Actress Patricia Heaton — “At least the president can't blame the mess he's ‘inheriting' on anyone but himself.”
• Tampa Bay Lightning defenseman Matt Carle — “Wonder what the over/under will be for our national debt by Jan. 20, 2016?”
• Actress Victoria Jackson —“I can't stop crying. America died. Thanks a lot, Christians, for not showing up. You disgust me.”
• Nugent (again): “What subhuman varmint believes others must pay for their obesity, booze, cell phones, birth control, abortions and lives.”
WARREN WIN COSTS KERRY STATE? Tough luck for U.S. Sen. John Kerry.
With the Election Day dust settling, it's increasingly clear that Kerry, D-Mass., probably won't be the nation's next secretary of State.
It's no secret that Kerry badly wants to succeed Hillary Clinton, who will be stepping down; many anticipate that she will make a 2016 presidential bid. But when Democrat Elizabeth Warren captured Massachusetts' other Senate seat on Tuesday by defeating Republican incumbent Scott Brown, it dramatically decreased the odds that President Barack Obama will appoint Kerry to the State position.
If Kerry left the Senate for the State Department, political pundits believe Brown would have an excellent chance of winning a special election to succeed him. But while Democrats maintained their Senate majority in the election, it's unlikely the Dems would essentially hand the GOP a seat.
The top candidates for the job now include Susan Rice,U.S. ambassador to the United Nations, and National Security Adviser Thomas Donilon.
Whoever gets the State appointment, we bet Kerry will be positively seething at that nominee's Senate confirmation hearings.
PEDUTO'S PITT STOP. Few things resonate more among nutritionally deprived college students than free pizza. So it's no wonder that Pittsburgh City Councilman Bill Peduto showed up on Election Day at the University of Pittsburgh's student union with pie for the kids.
Peduto told The Pitt News he was only there to encourage people to vote, but we suspect that wasn't the only reason for his appearance.
The councilman has all but formally announced he will challenge Mayor Luke Ravenstahl in next year's Democrat primary. Could it be that he was attempting to line up some votes in May by plying students with free food in November?
TOM WHO? Fame is fleeting. Just ask Tom Balya, former Westmoreland County Board of Commissioners chairman.
The fiery Democrat political veteran — his career spanned decades before he opted not to seek re-election last year — reportedly was not his usual cool, calm and collected self on Tuesday when he was asked to produce identification after he showed up to vote in Greensburg.
Balya's name didn't appear on the registered-voter rolls at the old Armory building on Pennsylvania Avenue.
After the brief stink, the oversight was straightened out and Balya was able to cast his ballot.
NOT QUIET. Despite the best efforts of state Department of Corrections officials to quietly place Jerry Sandusky at SCI Greene, where he is serving a 30-to-60-year sentence for child molestation, other inmates quickly recognized the former Penn State defensive coordinator, according to prison insiders.
Sandusky, 68, was greeted with jeers as he entered his new home at the maximum-security prison in Greene County that houses most of the state's death-row inmates.
Insiders said inmates shouted derogatory names as he was led to his cell two weeks ago.
Prison officials said he'll be in protective custody because of the nature of his crimes and his high profile. He'll be allowed out of his cell for an hour to exercise five days a week. He'll dine alone and receive any counseling in his cell, where he has a radio and a TV.
Sandusky was convicted this summer of 45 criminal counts for sexually abusing 10 boys over 15 years; some of the abuse occurred on campus.
He maintains his innocence and is pursuing appeals.
PRICEY SPOTS. The 12th Congressional District race between Democrat incumbent Mark Critz and victorious Republican challenger Keith Rothfus drew more than $10 million in ad spending from outside groups, according to the Washington, D.C.-based Sunlight Foundation.
The nonprofit, nonpartisan foundation, which promotes government openness, said that race attracted the most money from outside groups among all congressional races in the country.
Grover Norquist's Americans for Tax Reform, the lobbying group run by the prominent conservative, was the biggest spender, dropping $2.5 million on ads supporting Rothfus, the foundation reported.
The $10 million figure means outside groups on both sides spent $31 for every vote cast.
— compiled by Tribune-Review staff