Carlson’s show sent a crew to town to interview U.S. Attorney William McSwain about progressive prosecutors taking office around the country, including McSwain nemesis and Carlson boogeyman Larry Krasner, Philadelphia’s district attorney.
McSwain, a Republican rumored to have an interest in seeking elected office some day, embraced the the Fox spotlight, sitting for an interview and then giving Clout a taste of what he had to say on the show, which is expected to air when Carlson returns from vacation.
McSwain’s hook? He claims violent criminals in Philadelphia now refer to Krasner, a Democrat, as “Uncle Larry" and view him as an ally.
“When we arrest them federally, they are shocked and dismayed that ‘Uncle Larry’ is not there to ‘hook them up,’ as they put it,” McSwain said in an email. “Needless to say, there is no ‘Uncle Larry’ at the U.S. Attorney’s Office, and we have increased our violent crime prosecutions in the Eastern District of Pennsylvania by 70% this year, largely in response to the dangerous inadequacies of Krasner’s policies."
McSwain had some thoughts on that case, too. On Thursday, he blamed the shootings on Krasner, claiming he promotes “a new culture of disrespect for law enforcement in this city.”
Krasner shrugged off McSwain as a “distraction."
“The U.S. attorney is not a political elected office,” Krasner said in a statement. “I’m surprised that William McSwain would seek to detract from the great collaborative work of law enforcement last night — for which bipartisan leaders in City Hall just minutes ago had nothing but praise, and rightly so — for his own political agenda and personal gain.”
Only Gar Joseph would unwind a yarn about nearly losing his job and giving birth to a journalistic franchise with a dispassionate view of his own fate and a dramatic flourish about what resulted.
“Latest city desk wanted him gone. Execution aimed for Christmas week. An insider disagreed. Leaked the plan. The target went to editor Zack Stalberg ahead of the hit team. Sold him on a two-day-a-week column-story-gossip page called Clout. Rounded up allies.”
Behold, a story with all the elements Clout was born to push into public: treachery, scheming, dissent, resistance, a good fight, victory.
Joseph told us Stalberg dipped into a scene from The Godfather, borrowing a line about doing a favor and expecting one in return one day. “Until that day, accept this justice as a gift.”
And that day came. The debt was paid. Joseph gave us Clout. It was an offer we couldn’t refuse.
Look, it takes some sense of optimism to run for president. The road is long. The competition is merciless. The odds are always against you.
That’s why the fundraising pitch we received from Joe Sestak, the former Navy admiral from Delaware County who served two terms in the U.S. House and lost bids for the U.S. Senate in 2010 and 2016, was so remarkably brimming with enthusiasm. Sestak entered the Democratic field for president in late June.
“Moving on up!” the email opened, declaring, “The latest HarrisX/ScottRasmussen.com poll has us tied for 9th among 24 presidential candidates. Not bad for just seven weeks.”
“Ms. Cohen, would you like to be held in contempt by the court?” — Common Pleas Court Judge Abbe Fletman, hearing two legal challenges Monday to the candidacy of Democratic-turned-independent City Council candidate Sherrie Cohen.