With Donald Trump the presumptive Republican presidential nominee, two top local Republicans now say they are unlikely to attend their party’s national convention in July.
“Now that it’s a settled matter, it’s not likely that I’ll be attending the Republican convention,” said Dent, who attended four years ago.
As for U.S. Sen. Pat Toomey, he’s also likely to be absent. Toomey was at the 2012 convention and had told CNN before the primary that he “probably” would go to Cleveland.
“Sen. Toomey will have a busy campaign schedule in Pennsylvania in the summer, so it’s not likely he will attend the convention, but he has not ruled it out, and will make a scheduling judgment much later in the summer,” Toomey spokesman Ted Kwong said in a statement.
Toomey had endorsed Florida Sen. Marco Rubio, who dropped out in March, and said he voted for Texas Sen. Ted Cruz, who ended his bid last week. He has not said whether he is backing Trump, describing the New York billionaire as not among his top choices, but emphasizing his opposition to Democratic front-runner Hillary Clinton.
— Laura Olson
Five women vying to represent Pa. in Congress
Democrat Katie McGinty is the third woman to nab a major-party nomination for U.S. Senate in Pennsylvania, according to Chatham University’s Pennsylvania Center for Women and Politics.
The two others? You have to reach back several decades, and neither was victorious. The first came in 1964, when Democrat Genevieve Blatt challenged Republican Sen. Hugh Scott.
In 1992, Democrat Lynne Yeakel took on Republican Sen. Arlen Specter in what pundits later dubbed “the year of the woman,” when four female senators were elected.
“Women remain significantly underrepresented in Pennsylvania politics,” said Dana Brown, the center’s executive director, “which means women’s perspectives and experiences are not always a part of the decision-making process.”
McGinty won’t be the only woman vying to join Pennsylvania’s all-male congressional delegation when she takes on Republican Sen. Pat Toomey this fall. Four women — all Democrats — will be running for House seats in the 1st, 7th, 12th and 16th districts.
— Laura Olson