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Kiss of Death? Schumer Calls Vulnerable ’18 Dem “One of My Favorites”

Sen. Bob Casey (D-PA) has a tough re-election fight ahead in 2018. That didn’t stop the unpopular Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-NY) from anointing him “one of my favorites.”

Schumer and Casey

Did Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer just put some extra weight on the re-election efforts of one of his most vulnerable colleagues in 2018?

Schumer told The New York Times that Sen. Bob Casey (D-PA), up for re-election in a state Donald Trump won in 2016, is “one of my favorites.”

“He’s one of my favorites,” Senator Chuck Schumer of New York, the minority leader, said of Mr. Casey, sounding like a teacher at a parents’ conference. “That quiet tone shouldn’t fool anybody.”

The Times profile of Casey demonstrated that, despite Pennsylvania’s turn to ‘red’ in 2016, Casey has become more of a partisan in 2017. The mild-mannered Casey is angrier and more aggressive than he ever has been, even though millions of his constituents picked Trump over Hillary Clinton just six months ago.

It’s unclear whether Casey’s strategy will work for him. He has seen his popularity sink in the last few months, as a new poll showed half the state thinks he’s doing only a “fair” or “poor” job as senator. Schumer, meanwhile, has a 35-25 unfavorable rating as of May 2017.

The Times also revealed that Schumer and then-Sen. Hillary Clinton (D-NY) “clear[ed] the primary field for Mr. Casey” when he first ran back in 2006. In 2018, though, Casey may not want the help of Schumer and Clinton.