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Rick Santorum Narrowing the Gap? Cheap Tricks and Controversy Not Mentioned

Reported by Janie - August 17, 2006 -

Brit Hume returned to "Special Report" last night (8/16), as did much of the Democrat-bashing, biased statements and exclusion of important facts. During the "Two Minutes of Hate" (AKA "Grapevine") segment, Hume tackled the subject of the PA Senatorial race between Republican Sen. Rick Santorum and his challenger Bob Casey. Hume discusses Santorum's sudden rise in the polls, mentions the addition of the new Green Party challenger, Carl Romanelli, but neglects to mention the controversy and drama surrounding Santorum's campaign.

Hume intoned, "Pennsylvania Republican Rick Santorum has narrowed the gap on his Democratic Senate challenger Bob Casey, who held an 18-point lead just two months ago.

A new Quinnipiac poll shows Santorum trailing Casey by 7 — 47 percent to 40 percent — without possible Green party candidate Carl Romanelli in the race. Romanelli's presence shrinks Casey's lead to 6 — 45 percent to 39 percent — with Romanelli earning 5 percent and 11percent undecided."

And how exactly did Romanelli get into the picture? How exactly has he helped shrink the lead of Casey over Santorum? This is information Hume obviously won't provide to his viewers.

Romanelli was recently added to the ballot after retaining enough signatures (and money) to join the race - however the majority of the funds and signatures were provided by Santorum supporters. While not illegal, this can be viewed as a rather dirty political trick.

Now, it's come to light that some of the signatures may have actually been forged by Santorum's own campaign staff, leading critics to question the legality of Romanelli's candidacy.

Of course, Hume refused to mention this information - as it may have swayed voters away from the GOP candidate.