Gizzi on Politics: Abortion Move in Mass; Toomey for Gov?; More

Thursday, 04 Apr 2013 09:57 AM

By John Gizzi

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Lynch Shifts On Abortion

On the same day that I pointed out how the one issue in which Democratic Rep. and U.S. Senate hopeful Stephen Lynch was truly to the right of fellow Rep. and primary foe Ed Markey, underdog Lynch changed his tune on abortion. The Boston Globe reported on April 1 that Lynch — long considered strongly pro-life — said he believes that the Supreme Court's Roe v. Wade decision legalizing abortion is right and he would oppose any Supreme Court nominees who don't take this position. “Apparently, that’s what they think they’re supposed to do, politicians with their eyes on higher office, at least in Massachusetts,” Anne Fox, head of Massachusetts Citizens for Life, told the Globe. Fox pointed out that her group had campaigned for Lynch in past races and he sported a 100 per cent rating with Citizens for Life during his stint in the state legislature.

How Far Will NY GOP Raids Reach?

The spectacular arrests of New York State Sen. Malcolm Smith and City Councilman (and past U.S. House nominee) Dan Halloran made headlines nationwide. As Smith and Halloran were brought into custody, federal agents raided the homes of Bronx Republican Chairman Joseph Savino and Queens GOP Vice Chairman Vincent Tabone on charges of wire fraud and bribery. Both allegedly agreed to take bribes in exchange to get Smith on the ballot. With the probe expected to snare other GOP powers in the city, the major question is how far up it will reach. One veteran Empire State GOP activist who requested anonymity told me: "No one believes for a minute that [State Party Chairman] Ed Cox is involved in any of this, but it will sure give the party a chance to clean house in New York. And it sure needs it there."

Sen. Toomey May Run for Gov

It just doesn't seem to get better for embattled Gov. Tom Corbett of Pennsylvania. Numerous polls have shown the governor, who has never shaken off criticism for his role in the probe of the Penn State Athletic Department while state attorney general, trailing Montgomery County Commissioner Bruce Castor (who has said he is considering a race). On Monday, conservative Sen. Pat Toomey told a tea party group in Bucks County that he was also considering a bid for governor. "I’m thinking of doing this," said Toomey, onetime head of the conservative Club for Growth, "because I believe that I can bring about the kind of reforms that can help get Pennsylvania growing again and restore the confidence of the people of Pennsylvania in the integrity of its government.”

John Gizzi is the former political editor for Human Events, working for the conservative weekly from 1979 to 2013. Gizzi is a recipient of the William A. Rusher Award for Journalistic Excellence, was named Journalist of the Year by the Conservative Political Action Conference in 2002, and has appeared on hundreds of radio and TV talk shows.

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