After all, he was a rising star in the state's Democratic party, possibly earmarked for a run at the governor's mansion. Resigning suddenly, especially just months before an election - one he was almost certain to win by a large margin - upset the apple cart.
Most signs point to his resignation being nothing more than seeing a great opportunity and taking it. Yet there is still the little matter of who will fill his spot on the ballot come November.
A lot of names were kicked around, but PoliticsPA is reporting that Mary Jo Daley, a member of the Narberth council for some 20 years, has been chosen. There are still some formalities, of course.