Saturday, January 28, 2006

It's Official: Chuck Pennacchio for US Senate

After months and months of deliberation, 50 Bedroom Apartment Editor-in-Chief Ryan Herlinger announced his ringing endorsement of Chuck Pennacchio for US Senate.

"Mr. Pennacchio has expressed fiercely progressive and unequivocating views on the Iraq war, the nomination of Judge Alito, Campaign finance reform, job outsourcing, the environment, and the Bush administration's criminal behavior," Herlinger said, adding, "as I see it Chuck Pennacchio only has two problems to overcome. One - Governor Rendell's nauseating imprimatur of Bob Casey, and two - name recognition. Well, um, name pronouncability - so I guess that's three problems."

Pennacchio (pronounced Penn-OCK-e-oh) appeared before Philadelphians at the First Baptist Church in Center City on Saturday and addressed these three issues - likely the chief concern of nearly everyone gathered inside on the unseasonably warm January day that was begging for some frisbee action, namely "Who is this guy? Can a guy named Pennawhatsawhocchio possibly get elected? Are we just kidding ourselves??"

Pennacchio was quick to address this unspoken concern, noting that the 1st Zogby poll on the Pennsylvania race had just been released - and it indicated (in the words of Zogby) that "Santorum loses when matched with any of the democratic candidates. Both of the self identified progressive democratic candidates draw higher percentages than Casey, with Pennacchio having the largest percentage of votes against Santorum, at a not quite significant 4.4 points higher than Casey." And (snicker) "Casey, at non-significant levels, actually gets MORE votes from Republicans once they find out more about him and Santorum.

A proud progressive Democrat in the tradition of the late Paul Wellstone (D-SD), Pennacchio made it clear that he is the only candidate who clearly (and proudly) differentiates himself from Rick Santorum. While Bob Casey is little more than a watered-down Santorum (disturbingly similar to Santorum on many big issues - Iraq, abortion, stem cell research, health care, gun violence, the living wage, the death penalty, equal rights), Pennacchio makes a point to stand aggressively for progressive values.

His Web site makes no bones about his opposition to the failing Election process and laws, which as someone who firmly believes that the Republicans stole both elections in broad daylight (only to have the people NOT debate Kerry v. Bush, but rather Fedorov v. Underwood), I say Hallelujah. Anyway - get out there and put your political muscle behind Chuck Pennacchio - you have to get involved you slackers and no good layabouts.

Getting back to name recognition and pronunciation, I can only hope that Mr. Pennacchio hasn't so much as fibbed to his children about Santa Claus, because I think we all know where our beloved press will go with that...


Blogger DownWithTyranny said...

Ryan, I've come to the same conclusion as you have. Santorum-lite is not the best bet to beat Santorum. Chuck Pennacchio is. This week I also endorsed him on my blog. And I started an Act Blue page for him there as well.

10:22 PM  

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