I'm reading along in the Inquirer this morning, enjoying an article by Mario Cattabiani on Josh Shapiro ("Pa lawmaker on fast track to top") when I see this section:
A former top aide to U.S. Rep. Joe Hoeffel (D., Pa.), Shapiro got to Harrisburg after pulling off an improbable victory in 2004 over a well-known candidate, former Rep. Jon Fox.
Neil Oxman, the political consultant from Philadelphia, received an e-mail from Chris Mottola, a GOP strategist, congratulating him on his work on Michael Nutter's mayoral campaign. It surely was Oxman's best work to date, Mottola wrote.
Not so, replied Oxman. It was what he did for Shapiro in what looked to be a doomed campaign to unseat incumbent Fox.
Ummmmm, it was an open seat. Incumbent Ellen Bard decided to run for Congress, leaving her state house seat open. True, Fox had held the seat before Bard, and had then been in Congress himself, but he was not in elected office when he and Shapiro vied for the 153rd house seat.
This was just too much of a wowser to pass up mentioning. I can't imagine Mr. Cattabiani making that error and surely Mr. Oxman did not, so let's assume it was put in somewhere along the editorial process. But, wow, that's major.