PA Democratic Chairman T.J. Rooney reiterated that he will not run for re-election when state committee holds its reorganization meeting next Saturday, and Executive Director Mary Isenhour also is headed out the door, leaving the party with a leadership void heading into the midterms.
Gov. Rendell had urged party leaders to keep the Rooney in office through the Nov. 2 election, and Rooney was willing to do it. But gubernatorial nominee Dan Onorato did not endorse the move - or speak out for his reputed favorite candidate, Allegheny County Chairman Jim Burn. Senate nominee Joe Sestak reportedly was not keen on Rooney continuing; the chairman had blasted him for forcing a divisive primary against Sen. Arlen Specter (D.,Pa.), whom the party leadership endorsed.