Politics PA Calls Kampf-Drucker 'Top Ten' House Race

The publication said the 157th District seat is one of the most likely in the state to change hands.

The 157th District rematch between incumbent Warren Kampf and Democratic challenger Paul Drucker was named one of Pennsylvania’s ten most competitive state House races yesterday by Politics PA.

The pair, who have already sparred over the , the , and , are expected to go down to the wire again after Kampf topped Drucker by under 1,000 votes in 2010.

Politics PA said the seat is, out of 203 districts in play, the third most likely to switch hands, and had this to say about the dynamic race:

This is another rematch. Kampf beat then-freshman Democrat Paul Drucker by 4 points in 2010, about 1,000 of 25,000 votes cast. Dems’ messaging statewide since 2011 is aimed at guys like Kampf who, after his election, have voted the party line (Corbett budgets and all). That said, Kampf has many friends in the private sector who view this race as a proxy battle in the ongoing cold war between business groups and trial lawyers like Drucker.

Jeff Morgan September 13, 2012 at 05:56 PM
Warreen Kampf is by far the better candidate. Town halls, educational meetings on the Pension crisis in PA and many other reasons. Paul Druker just wants to raise taxes or install tolls on 422 to raise the cost of living and doing business in our back yard. Vote for Warren.
Brian Peppel September 13, 2012 at 08:32 PM
Warren also sponsored seminars on Retirement planning and Saving for college. I'm personally not doing enough of either. The seminars were great. Warren is doing good things for Phoenixville and Pennsylvania. Thanks Warren.
Bruce Bailey September 14, 2012 at 02:00 AM
So great - we've got two Chester County Republican Committee members piping up about what a hot guy Warren Kampf is. Of course, they don't identify themselves as such, leaving casual readers to believe they're just regular, run-of-the-mill voters. And then to top it all off, one of them is telling lies about Paul Drucker. Truth is, Kampf has been in over his head since the day he was elected, and the fact that he is joined at the hip with this failure of a Governor and his "let them frack the whole state for free" philosophy, along with the Voter ID fiasco, should give you all you need to know about which guy to vote for.
JK September 14, 2012 at 10:40 AM
I can speak up for the non committee members to say that I am voting for Warren. He has proven that he understands the challenges that face our state through his informative and FACT driven town halls. Kampf's actions since he has been in office also show that he is willing to tackle the difficult problems (pension reform) and stand alone on issues if necessary.
Lynette Gray September 14, 2012 at 11:29 AM
I'm still undecided in this race. I hope Patch will feature some q and a by the candidates, or that they will debate the issues in the Phoenixville area at some point.
Interested Observer September 14, 2012 at 12:19 PM
Bruce - 1. Where are the lies? Drucker is on video saying he supported a plan that included tolling 422. On video, saying the words. He actually voted for tax increases and to STOP tax reductions on struggling small businesses. 2. Kampf got the drillers to pay by passing a BIPARTISAN compromise - Drucker got nothing done in two years...they "fracked for free" under Drucker. 3. Where is Drucker on public pension reform. I would assume from his dead silence he is where the unions who gave him hundreds of thousands of dollars want him to be: against it. And that means he's against taxpayers.
. September 14, 2012 at 02:02 PM
I love that right wing nuts stacked the online poll. Too bad they will end up on the losing side in the REAL vote on November 4th (mainly by riding the wave of people voting for Obama).
Bruce Bailey September 14, 2012 at 02:23 PM
Richard, you've got a good point - Drucker won due to turnout in 2008 and when turnout dropped in 2010, he lost. Turnout will again be in his favor this time. Another point that doesn't get talked about too much - if the SC upholds this ridiculous VoterID scam, it's liable to backfire badly on Repubs out here in the burbs. While it plainly disenfranchises the poor and the elderly in cities, the only voters that will probably get caught in 157th will be old-timers; there just aren't a significant number of poverty-level residents out here. And of the senior citizens who may be affected, I think you'll see a large percentage of them are Republican, so we'll be eliminating their Kampf support. And unlike Democrats, I haven't seen a single word from the Republican side saying that they're going to lift a finger to help voters show up with proper ID on Election Day. Definitely something to keep an eye on.
Bruce Bailey September 14, 2012 at 03:54 PM
Vote totals, 2008 & 2010: 2010: Kampf - 13,241, Drucker - 12,290, Total - 25,531 2008: Drucker - 18,014, Ciarrocchi - 17,344, Total - 35,358
Jeff Morgan September 14, 2012 at 05:57 PM
He will be at the Oct meeting of Valley Forge Patriots to give a legislative update if you want to ask questions come out. vfpatriots.com the calendar. yes I am a committeeman and Warren is still the better man. The Dems have had 9 months to get thier disenfranchised voters IDs. All they want to do is cast stones on truing the vote. Always in this area Ds are the ones behind the voter shenanigans including the absentee ballot deal in Busks county back just a couple years. Better voter ID than to have my vote cancelled by fraud. This is a straw man argument but that is what the Ds are good at.
Jeff Morgan September 14, 2012 at 06:09 PM
Bruce you got a lot of wishful thinking going on. People have ID out here. More and more people on poverty out here thanks to the Progressive agenda and the Dems in DC with all the give away programs. The only thing the Dems did was voice opposition and encourage people to NOT get IDs so the narrative played out as they claimed. Sorry with so much time this again just another invented false message.
Bruce Bailey September 14, 2012 at 06:46 PM
Jeff, you're spending too much time trolling through website comments and not enough time studying the real world if you really believe that "the only thing the Dems did was voice opposition and encourage people to NOT get IDs." Loudmouths like you and me might be wasting our time typing away online, but meanwhile I can assure you that there are literally thousands of Democratic volunteers through Philly and the suburbs reaching out to help those who need ID and are registered Dems. On the other hand, I haven't seen or heard a word that Repubs are doing the same...and that is going to hurt them come Nov. 6, if this stupid, costly, unnecessary law gets upheld by the Supreme Court.
Brian Peppel September 14, 2012 at 06:59 PM
Bruce - yes, I'm a committee man. Your assertion that you haven't seen anything about getting ID from the republicans is completely false. I know personally I have been education people about the law. It was trialed in the primary with success. It is all over every government and voter assistance website. There are even posters in government offices, the DMV, etc. If anyone shows up without ID there is a process for them to vote. Its a non-issue but if you want to keep harping on it then feel free. Bruce - How many doors have you knocked on, calls made? You are counting on your paid union buds walking the streets to get out the vote while people like Jeff and thousands of others are putting in the time on their own dime.
Jeff Morgan September 14, 2012 at 07:24 PM
Ok we will be crushed. That WAS the position of the Democrat party "Don't get an ID". It is a fact, go check it out. Try to dispense with the standard name calling. I know Progressives think it works but really it simply shows a lack of knowing the issue. If the Democrats have changed thier earlier position good. Everyone who is capable and is identified as being real should be able to vote.
Bruce Bailey September 14, 2012 at 10:44 PM
Brian, it's so hard to tell if you just didn't understand what I posted, or if you are deliberately twisting it. But regardless, my prediction stands - if Voter ID is still in place on Election Day, Kampf will lose more votes than Drucker because of it. And that's because Democrats are working MUCH harder with their registered senior citizens to make sure that they have an acceptable ID; I see no signs that Republicans are even aware of how much this new law could affect their own voters. And Jeff - what name calling? If you mean the line where I referred to both you AND me as "loudmouths", I think anybody who posts more than a couple of times in these comments gets to wear that tag -- please lighten up and don't be so sensitive. And I'd like to see your proof that the Democratic Party (it's DemocratIC Party, please get it right and don't try to mimic Rush LImbaugh and the rest of those...loudmouths; I am a Democrat, I support the Democratic Party. Got it?) ever told people "Don't get an ID." That is simply false information, and you should be ashamed of yourself for spreading it.
hey becca September 20, 2012 at 11:28 PM
@phoenixvillepatch....Did Mr. Kampf ever respond to the questions we posed in here like Mr. Drucker did?
Tom Sunnergren (Editor) September 21, 2012 at 12:18 AM
Kampf responded, and was happy to do it, but not enough readers posed questions to make it worthwhile. I'll be trying again soon, I expect.
E Mannning September 22, 2012 at 04:29 AM
Where have you been Bruce? Kampf's office has offered assistance for people to get proper documentation to vote. I can remember back in 2001 that the government wanted everyone to have picture ID. For Pennsylvania residents it became law month ago. Are you saying that Drucker only won riding on Obama's ticket and he can't win pn his own merits?
Edward J. Roche November 06, 2012 at 03:27 AM
I am a libertarian and I have major complaints vs. both political parties. Both have overpromised and overpsent especially on a national level. But I will be voting for Kampf this time. Drucker believes that over taxing responsible people and giving the money to irresponsible people constitutes " fairness". The fact that Drucker is a trial lawyer is certainly another reason to vote against him.
Phoenixville Resident November 20, 2012 at 11:42 AM
"A Return to Fairness": the single worst campaign slogan. Ever.


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