U.S. Rep. Mary Gay Scanlon spent a whole day wearing mismatched shoes. Twitter showed the love | Friday Morning Coffee

March 15, 2019 7:01 am

Pa’s ‘Fab Four’ (l-r) U.S. Reps. Chrissy Houlahan, D-6th District; Susan Wild, D-7th District; Mary Gay Scanlon, D-5th District; and Madeleine Dean, D-4th District on the House floor. (Rep. Dean/Facebook)

Good Friday Morning, Fellow Seekers.
It’s been a pretty heavy news week, so we’re going to end it on a lighter note by cobbling together a little tale that will hopefully elevate your soles and remind you that, sometimes, it all comes down to the shoes you choose.

Take, for instance, freshman U.S. Rep. Mary Gay Scanlon, D-5th District, who tweeted out this message to her followers on Wednesday afternoon. It was … laced … with good humor.

As you can see from the response rate, the suburban Philly’s lawmaker’s followers know all Laboutin what it’s like to go through the day wearing two different pairs of shoes.

Some were downright pump-ed:

Scanlon’s shoe saga, in fact, was enough to net a notice from The Huffington Post, which declared that “Twitter users are standing with Pennsylvania Democrat Mary Gay Scanlon over her amusing footwear flub,” and then went on to share even more pictures of people sporting mismatched footwear.

The trade pub “Footwear News,” because you just knew there had to be a publication like that, explained why Scanlon’s footwear flub was “totally relatable” and … wait for it … totally fashionable:

“While Scanlon’s footwear flub was unintentional, the congresswoman was actually on-trend. In recent seasons, mismatched shoes — from sneakers and sandals to heels and loafers — have popped up all over the runways and in many brands’ collections,” the publication helpfully explained. “Celebrities including Nicole KidmanAlexa Chung and Brooklyn Beckham have embraced the look on the red carpet, turning what was once considered a faux-pas into a fun-loving trend.”

So we won’t be left feet and feet behind:

This is one story, we think, that won’t easily be brought to heel.

Our Stuff:
Stephen Caruso
 explains the ‘complicated and covert’ process of picking candidates for special elections.
Pennsylvania U.S. Sens. Bob Casey (D) and Pat Toomey (R) both voted to terminate President Donald Trump’s emergency declaration at the southern border. Capital-Star Washington reporter Robin Bravender has the details.
In a conference call with Pa. political reporters earlier in the day on Wednesday, Toomeyexplained the rationale for his vote.
Major utility carrier PPL is warning that a bailout for Pa’s ailing nuke industry will cost its customers $130 million a yearElizabeth Hardison reports.

On the Opinion side of the House, a western Pennsylvania lawmaker offers up a novel way of solving the debate over recreational marijuana. And the mental health crisis among American young people is ‘staggering and real,” a San Diego State University scholar opines.

Philly Sheriff Jewell Williams, who’s up for re-election, is on a spending blitz. Philly’s City Controller wants to see his receiptsThe Inquirer reports.
State lawmakers are considering a measure raising the age to buy tobacco from 18 to 21PennLive reports.
The Post-Gazette has the story on Sen. Pat Toomey’s vote to deauthorize President Trump’s emergency declaration at the border.
Philly’s legendary Trocadero is closing down. BillyPenn collects fans’ memories of their favorite shows at the Chinatown venue.

Here’s a downright scenic #Harrisburg Instagram of the Day: looks at efforts by gig workers to gain job security.
The Allentown schools have under-budgeted for some programs, a new audit has foundThe Morning Call has the story.
Former LG Mike Stack is running for an at-large seat on Philly City Council, PoliticsPAreports.
Delaware is moving to give its Electoral College votes to the winner of the popular voteWHYY-FM reports.
Roll Call profiles the 12 Republican senators who voted against the White House on Thursday.

What Goes On.
The House Democratic Policy Committee continues its western Pennsylvania idyll with a 1 p.m. hearing at Beth El Congregation in Pittsburgh, where Rep. Dan Miller holds his annual Disability & Mental Health Resource Summit.

Gov. Tom Wolf 
has no public schedule today.

What Goes On (Nakedly Political Edition).
State Rep. Jeanne McNeil holds her 4th annual St. Patrick’s Day party at 6 p.m. this evening at the Coplay American Club Pavilion in lovely Coplay, Pa. Admission runs $250 to $1,500, which should buy a ton of green beer.

You Say It’s Your Birthday Dept.
Best wishes go out to regular reader Harvey Freedenberg, of Harrisburg, who celebrates today. Congratulations and enjoy the day, sir.

Heavy Rotation.
Here’s an absolute classic from the legendary Curtis Mayfield to end the working week. It’s “Pusherman.”

Friday’s Gratuitous Hockey Link.
Pittsburgh blanked Buffalo 5-0 on Thursday night.

And now you’re up to date.

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John L. Micek

A three-decade veteran of the news business, John L. Micek is the Pennsylvania Capital-Star's former Editor-in-Chief.