Thursday, November 17, 2005

Scranton Shoves Glen T. Meakem out of the way for Leslie Gromis Baker "Former Lt. Gov. Bill Scranton has officially landed a big-name political strategist and fundraiser for his campaign. Last week, he named Leslie Gromis Baker as his campaign co-chairwoman. She was instrumental in Gov. Tom Ridge’s re-election campaign and ran his political action committee. His other co-chairman is Glen T. Meakem, the founder and former chief executive officer of FreeMarkets, an Internet auction company that catered to businesses before merging with another company last year.

Choosing sides

Mr. Scranton also picked up the endorsements of Republican U.S. Reps. Don Sherwood, Phil English and John Peterson and former state Rep. Jeff Coleman. Mr. Peterson represents the congressional district west of Mr. Sherwood’s; Mr. English represents north of Allegheny County, including Erie.

Former Pittsburgh Steeler wide receiver and current ABC college football sideline reporter Lynn Swann has picked up the support of former state Republican Party chairman Alan Novak, Pennsylvania’s Republican national committeewoman Christine Toretti Olson and U.S. Rep. Joe Pitts, whose district includes Lancaster."

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