Political cynics who believed Sen. Pat Toomey stuck his neck out on background checks to improve his 2016 re-election chances in lean-blue Pennsylvania were not incorrect that the Republican's efforts would score him some points with state Democrats.
And not just any Democrats. But two of the biggest Democratic power brokers in Pennsylvania.
The Philadelphia Inquirer's Tom Fitzgerald first reported that David L. Cohen, the vice president of Comcast is putting his political and financial weight behind Toomey with a fundraiser at his home next week.
Now Fitzgerald followed up that report with news that Philadelphia lawyer Alan Kessler, also a big Democratic donor, is cohosting the event. Fitzgerald's full story is here.
"Pat Toomey is a smart and gutsy legislator, and exactly the kind of person we need in Washington," David L. Cohen wrote in a fundraising email obtained by Inquirer. Cohen worked for Ed Rendell when he was mayor of Philadelphia, and held big ticket home fundraisers for President Barack Obama.
Kessler told Fitzgerald, "We need more Pat Toomeys."
This isn't the first time this year Cohen stepped over the partisan line. He also held a fundraiser for Republican Gov. Tom Corbett in January.
Meanwhile, Democrat Joe Sestak, who nearly beat Toomey in the 2010 Senate election, is gearing up to take him on again in 2016. Reacting to news that Cohen was raising money for his former foe, retired naval officer Sestak sent his own fundraising appeal to supporters late last month.
"There's nothing wrong with people making their choice; and the power broker made his. But we are asking you to clearly show your choice. While Senator Toomey is being supported by SuperPACs and special interests, Admiral Sestak wants to be supported by you."
Cohen donated to Sestak's campaign in 2010. Kessler gave to the late Arlen Specter in the Democratic primary that year against Sestak, but not to Sestak in the general, according to Opensecrets.org.