Posted on | April 29, 2010 | 28 Comments
What do you do when you’re a Republican in Johnstown, Pennsylvania, and you’ve just stomped Nancy Pelosi’s handpicked Democrat into smithereens in a public debate for the congressional seat formerly held by the late Jack Murtha? Tim Burns headed straight to Coney Island Lunch for the world-famous “Sundowner” burger:
The Johnston Tribune-Democrat story about the debate is so “fair and balanced” as to be soporific. It’s 3 a.m., I’ve just driven 240 miles round-trip and I’m too tired to give you the full gonzo account until I get a few hours of sleep. But the neutral objective fact is that Burns wiped the floor with Critz so bad, it reminded me of when the Alabama Crimson Tide made Tim Tebow cry.
How good is Burns? Driving home, I called Pamela Geller and told her, “You’re gonna love Tim Burns. And not just the Let’s-Call-Islamic-Jihad-What-It-Is factor. Frankly, this guy makes Scott Brown look homely by comparison.” (On the other hand, Burns doesn’t have a 6-foot-tall “American Idol” singer in his family.)
Sources close to the Burns campaign informed me that, in the first 72 hours after Sarah Palin’s endorsement Monday, the campaign collected more than $80,000 in contributions — but don’t stop now, folks. The special election is May 18 — just 19 days away. Pelosi and Obama are pouring big money into this district trying to hold onto Murtha’s seat, and the Burns campaign will need every nickel you can spare.
I’ll have much more to report later Thursday. Thanks to Tim Burns for being a good sport, and thanks to his campaign staff for their cooperation. Thanks to Da Tech Guy for the continuing loan of his increasingly famous fedora. Thanks to Chris Renner for valuable assistance. Thanks to everyone who contributed to the Shoe Leather Fund to pay for this road trip. And thanks to Mrs. Other McCain, for letting me make this trip on our 21st wedding anniversary.
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