Fattah to Media: Focus on the Good I Do, Not Federal Investigation

Chaka Fattah

Chaka Fattah spoke to reporters for 22 minutes Monday, and gave one of the best types of interviews a politician can ever give: One about how great he is! These are just the best.

Fattah wouldn’t touch on the federal case swirling around him. In a plea deal with Gregory Naylor, federal prosecutors said “Elected Official A” — widely reported to be Fattah — obtained an illegal campaign loan. Fattah has denied illegal conduct before, and did so again on Monday. But he wouldn’t answer any questions during his session: “There’s no question that I can answer in which you’re not going to have another hundred questions.” As Philly Mag’s Patrick Kerkstra tweeted: “Um yeah.”

He added he wouldn’t address allegations made by people “who have been waking up every morning for seven years trying to figure out how to say that maybe I had done something wrong.”

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Jersey Congessman Rush Holt Won’t Seek Re-Election

Princeton-environs U.S. Rep Rush Holt, who ran against Cory Booker for Senate last year, will step down at the end of his term. Most famous for being a five-time Jeopardy! champion and an actual rocket scientists, he was not only championed scientific research funding, but was also among the more progressive members of the Democratic caucus.

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Meet Dr. Valerie Arkoosh, the Deep-Pocketed Dark Horse Candidate for PA-13

val-arkoosh-400Meet your PA-13… frontrunner? In terms of political experience (none) and name recognition (scant), Dr. Valerie Arkoosh is the dark horse in the race for Allyson Schwartz’s seat in Congress. But she’s not cashing checks like one. She finished the year having raised more cash ($935,000) and having more of it on hand ($643,000) than anyone else in the race. Arkoosh, from Springfield Township, is an obstetric anesthesiologist at the Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania, and was until recently the president of a health care advocacy group called the National Physicians Alliance, which is much less of a lobby for rich doctors than it sounds. I recently spoke with Dr. Arkoosh by phone.

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Ex-Eagles Linebacker G. Cobb to Run for Congress [UPDATED]

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UPDATE:

Inquirer politics reporter Jonathan Tamari reports that G. Cobb may only be “considering” running for Congress.

ORIGINAL:

Not content with his empire of a radio hosting gigs, a Philadelphia sports analysis website and possibly dangerous video blog series, ex-Philadelphia Eagles linebacker Garry Cobb is going to run for Congress! Newsworks’ Dave Davies writes:

Former Eagles linebacker Garry Cobb will seek [New Jersey’s] 1st Congressional District seat being vacated by Democratic U.S. Rep. Rob Andrews, according to Camden County GOP chairman Thomas Booth.

“It’s certainly a great opportunity to take back this congressional seat as what it truly should be, which is the people’s seat,” Booth said in a telephone interview.

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Report: Rob Andrews to Leave Congress [Updated]

Update: That mystery law firm is Dilworth Paxon, and The Donald will indeed be running for Andrews’s seat.

South Jersey Congressman Rob Andrews will resign from Congress later this month, according to a report from the Inquirer‘s Jonathan Tamari. And in news that should surprise exactly no one, he will become a public affairs person at a (yet unnamed) leading Philadelphia law firm (read: lobbyist) and his interim replacement will be state senator Donald Norcross, brother of political boss and Inky co-owner George Norcross, is expected to run to replace him.

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Pennsylvania Politics 2014: The 4 Stories We’ll All Be Following

Tom Corbett

2014 will be a huge year in Pennsylvania politics — and particularly Philly area politics — with contested house seats, jockeying for position in a mayoral race, the national media ‘s fascination with Chris Christie and the hottest governor’s race in the country.

Here’s more on the four major political storylines that will play out over the next year.

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