Wednesday, November 08, 2006

Andrews wins election

It's official: Frank Andrews is jumping from journalism to politics. The former WNEP/WYOU news director easily defeated his Republican challenger for 113th district state representative, 72% to 28%. The Democrat will replace outgoing state Rep. Gaynor Cawley next year.

I can't say I'm surprised by the victory. As I've previously said, Andrews has name recognition. Those nearly three decades in local television news count for something, right? Not only that, but his district includes Scranton, a heavily Democratic city that also tends to watch WYOU or WNEP.

The interesting question now is, will any other local news personalities follow Frank's lead and jump into politics? Stay tuned...


Anonymous Anonymous said...

It's true Frank's a bit of a phony, a bit of a back-stabber, insincere, pretentious, two-faced and deceitful.

But he's likable and (in his own way) smooth. He's going to be a huge success in Harrisburg.

12:10 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Who cares? He's a piece of garbage. The lack of responses on this post proves it.

3:03 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Others have been encouraged to run but have declined, because TV news people have historically fallen on their face when running for political office. With this victory, my guess is that both R and D political movers and shakers will begin to actively recruit "personalities" in this market. Any number of them could have run and beaten Sherwood under the circumstances that developed.

4:42 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Back when Keith Martin was anchoring at 28 he was approached about running for Congress. Don't know why he said no. With his smarts and his military background he'd have done better than many we've had.

6:10 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Well whoop-ti-do. I'm sure he'll set the Capitol ablaze with a series of wingnut speeches.

6:22 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

It's true Frank's a bit of a phony, a bit of a back-stabber, insincere, pretentious, two-faced and deceitful.

hmmm...sounds like he'll fit right in with the rest of the politicians in Harrisburg.

and did I REALLY see David DeCosmo do a LIVE SHOT last night or was I dreaming?

7:45 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Considering Frankie's VERY POOR attendance record at WNEP and WYOU, I'm figuring he'll show up for work in Harrisburg MAYBE ONE OR TWO days during his term.
His lack of attendance should be great campaign issue for his next opponent. Although slick Shimkus, will find some smooth talk to weasel his way out of that political dilemma.
Your tax dollars NOT at work!

10:20 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Frank has talked about it publicly in the past, so I know I'm not betraying any confidences when I talk about his battle with alcohol. He's been in recovery and sober for many years. Five, I think.

Between battling the bottle in the 90s and two major car accidents in the last five years, yes--he's been absent a lot. But I don't doubt his abilities or his dedication to public service, and I'm sure he'll not only represent his constituents but also become a leader in Harrisburg.

7:50 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

3:03pm :

I am amused that you are so burned over Frank being a success in careers that you are obviously a failure at. Think yo can do better ? Run for office or apply for an open ND job. At least do something more constructive with your mass amounts of time.

8:17 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Keith Martin? Maybe so, maybe so. But he was a lightweight, too: good for a public relations photo op, but hardly a political guru type.

9:42 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Just finished watching YOU. Surprise, suprise, Andrews-Shimkus can't find his way off TV yet. I bet it would be surprising for people to know that he helps develop the daily topics for that show. I also like how he tried to take control of the show on two different occassions. Newsflash Frank, you're a legislator-elect now. Get out. Go to Harrisburg, where a lot of your former colleagues will be closely watching not only your voting record, but your attendance record.

11:58 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

"Keith Martin? Maybe so, maybe so. But he was a lightweight, too..."

9:42 PM

Yeah: hardly the intellectual equal of, say, Don ("I Buy My Girlfriends for Less Than Blue Book") Sherwood.

3:06 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Good move for Frank.

At least in politics-land people will express their feelings to him in person, instead of posting anonymous, cowardly jabs.

6:07 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Sherwood's just a jerk. He oughta go back to hawking "pre-owned" cars. Martin, at least, could speak intelligently, even with his whoop-ti-do military outfit on.

11:29 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

People who have a problem and takes steps to remedy it and overcome it are the kind of people I want leading our government. I'd like to meet any politician without a flaw. At least Frank put his out in public, dealt with it, and strives to be stronger than his weakness. I wish him all the best.

2:39 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Keith Martin a lightweight? You obviously didn't know the man at all. He may have been a lot of things, but lightweight wasn't among them. Bright, educated, intelligent, possessed of a fine intellect, he was the guy politicians turned to for advice.

6:36 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

11:58pm poster:

Newsflash: Frank's a state legislator now. A public official. He's bound to be on-air quite a lot in the next 2 years. Get used to it.

12:52 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Most anyone involved with a twelve-step program will tell you that going public with your "problem" is a mistake, and it likely means you have yet to take full responsibility or your own actions.

And about Frank being on the air "quite a lot" as a public servant, let me ask you this - when was the last time you saw Gaynor Cawley on your television?

6:21 PM  

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