Bob Brady, Leslie Acosta and Chaka Fattah. Photos Jeff Fusco, Pa. House, Matt Rourke via AP
Philadelphia’s Democratic Party suffers from the same cancer as the national Democratic Party. Only it’s arguably much more advanced.
Think the Democratic National Committee favored Hillary Clinton over Bernie Sanders behind closed doors? In Philadelphia, the Democratic City Committee paves the way for its preferred candidates out in the open, without any shame: Before the mayoral primary even started, Philly Democratic Party boss Bob Brady publicly threw his weight behind state Sen. Tony Williams. The party puts its thumb on the scales in Democratic primaries for the judiciary, City Council and General Assembly, too, and its endorsements matter even more in these races because so few people pay close attention to them.
Think the national Democratic Party turns a blind eye to corruption? Earlier this year, the Democratic City Committee endorsed Chaka Fattah for Congress after he was charged with using taxpayer dollars and charitable donations to pay back an illegal loan. How could the party do this, as its schools were starving and its constituents were sinking deeper and deeper into poverty? Oh, but it gets worse: This month, Philly Democratic state Rep. Leslie Acosta was reelected after pleading guilty to conspiring to commit money laundering at a mental health clinic in one of the poorest neighborhoods in the city. Imagine how selfish you have to be to run for office after admitting to bilking the most vulnerable among us — and imagine how little she’ll be able to get done for her constituents, many of whom are Latinos and immigrants, now that she’s the laughingstock of Harrisburg. The list goes on and on. Over the summer, the FBI raided the offices of Democratic Councilman Bobby Henon and subpoenaed Mayor Jim Kenney’s campaign finance records. The feds are also reportedly investigating Democratic District Attorney Seth Williams.
Think the national Democrats are boring and not liberal enough? Let me introduce you to Katie McGinty, the uncharismatic Senate candidate who lost to Pat Toomey in an election that Democrats desperately needed to win in case of a Donald Trump upset. A lot has been made of the fact that McGinty, a moderate who supports fracking and is wishy-washy on sanctuary cities, received millions of dollars from the Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee in the primary. What has gotten much less attention is the fact that she was just as much a product of the Philadelphia Democratic Party as the DSCC. Everyone from Brady to former Gov. Ed Rendell to former Mayor Michael Nutter to numerous City Council members backed her in the primary over Democrats John Fetterman and Joe Sestak, two anti-establishment figures who might have fared better in a year in which people were clearly crying out for change. Read more »
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The Change.org petition calling on the Electoral College to send Hillary Clinton (who won the popular vote) to the White House instead of Donald Trump (who bested her by electoral count) is up to a not-unimpressive 4.3 million signatures. But is it even possible? For the answer to this, we turned to University of Pennsylvania constitutional law scholar Kermit Roosevelt III, the great-great-grandson of Teddy Roosevelt. Read more »
Democratic Mayor Jim Kenney released a statement yesterday in the wake of the election of Republican Donald Trump. Along with encouraging residents not to “simply give up,” he said, “I am exceedingly proud of Philadelphia. Yesterday, we turned out at the polls more so than any time in recent history.”
That is a pants-on-fire lie. Read more »
Former Pennsylvania governor Ed Rendell said in an interview yesterday that this past election “was not the time” when his party’s nominee, Hillary Clinton, should have run for president.
“Probably 2008 would’ve been a better time for her to run for president,” Rendell said. Read more »
Donald Trump speaks at the Newtown Athletic Club in Bucks County on October 21st | Photo: Dan McQuade
Around 2:40 a.m. on election night, I left the watch party I’d been attending and took an Uber home. It was shortly after the Associated Press announced that then-Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump had won Pennsylvania. I was over it — it actually began to sink in that he was actually going to win.
During the ride, my driver — a young white guy with teary eyes — turned up KYW Radio in the car as broadcasters finally confirmed that Trump had won the election. I was slowly moved to tears myself. The horrific bigotry that spewed from his lips, his lack of political experience, and endorsement from the Ku Klux Klan hadn’t been enough to stop him from defeating one of the most qualified candidates of my lifetime.
But as my driver turned on Walnut Street and upped the volume on the radio, I began to realize his tears weren’t the same as mine. As we heard the Trump supporters on air chanting “USA, USA, USA,” I saw that he had a calming sense of relief. He was crying tears of joy, whispering to himself: “It’s about damn time.” Read more »
Donald Trump has been elected the next president of the United States of America.
No, this isn’t a prank, or the beginning of an Onion article that you clicked on by mistake. The businessman-turned-TV star-turned Republican presidential candidate, who vowed to “Make America Great Again” while further dividing the country along racial and ethnic lines, pulled out a jaw-dropping upset victory over Democrat Hillary Clinton that pundits will likely puzzle over for decades to come.
Clinton conceded shortly before 3 a.m., after Wisconsin was called for Trump. Read more »
Election Day is finally here! We hope you stay informed and exercise your right to vote.
Resources for LGBTQ Voters on Election Day
Lists of Endorsements
Gayborhood Watch Party
LGBT Community Election Results Watch Party: 7 p.m. at John C. Anderson Apartments, 251 South 13th Street.
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Hillary Clinton had a heck of a backdrop for her final pitch to the American public.
Speaking within sight of Independence Hall and just a block away from the Liberty Bell, Clinton was joined by Barack Obama, Bill Clinton, Michelle Obama, Chelsea Clinton, Bruce Springsteen, Jon Bon Jovi and a slew of local Democratic politicians the night before an election that could make her the first woman to be elected president of the United States.
“There is a clear choice in this election,” Clinton said to the 33,000 people at Independence Mall. “A choice between division or unity, between an economy that works for everyone or only those at the top, between strong steady leadership or a loose cannon who could put everything at risk … We know enough about my opponent. We know who he is. The real question for us is: What kind of country do we want to be, and what kind of future do we want to build for our children?” Read more »
Bruce Springsteen came to Philadelphia last night for a free outdoor show at Independence Mall. Oh, yeah, and tell people to vote for Hillary Clinton. We can only imagine New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie, Springsteen super-fan and Donald Trump ally, was in the crowd in a fake nose and glasses.
Springsteen played three songs at the rally: “Thunder Road” (from Born to Run), “Long Walk Home” (from Magic), and “Dancing in the Dark” (from Born in the U.S.A.). He also gave a long, rambling speech on why you should vote for Hillary Clinton while strumming his guitar. Basically, it was just like a mini-Bruce show! Read more »
Happy Election Day, Philadelphia! Polls are open from 7 a.m. to 8 p.m.
The most important presidential race in modern memory is today. There are also lots of other candidates on the ballot who could change your life for better or worse. Pennsylvania is home to one of the most important U.S. Senate elections in the country. The state will elect its top law-enforcement official, and decide whether the Republican Party has a veto-proof majority in the state Senate. If you don’t know anything about those races — or where your polling place is, or whom to call if you have trouble voting — don’t worry. We’ve got all that and more covered below. Read more »