Far be it from me to speculate.
No, wait. That's what I do all the time.
Back in April 2012, the then-chairman of the House Transportation Committee, a civil engineer and 30-year-plus House veteran, Rep. Rick Geist, of Altoona, had legislative clout and know-how on all issues tied to roads, bridges and mass transit.
But the Republican lawmaker was stunned in a Primary Election that month. He lost by 196 votes to a newcomer, an associate professor of finance at Penn State Altoona, John McGinnis, who was backed by a tea party-type group spending more than $100,000 on his campaign.
McGinnis went on to win that fall and Geist went home.
Not saying McGinnis is a bad guy. Not saying the good people of 79th legislative district in Blair County made a bad decision.
Just saying when you fast-forward to a time experienced leadership on transportation issues might come in handy you find less of it in the House than there was, say, a year ago.
McGinnis serves on the following House committees: Aging, Labor & Industry, State Government and (for some reason) Urban Affairs (you know where Blair County is, right?).
And while his House colleagues wrestle with transportation issues, McGinnis is seeking co-sponsors for a resolution "with due reverence to the Almighty" to recognize Feb. 10, 2014, as the 60th anniversary of the addition of the words "under God" to the Pledge of Allegiance.