A Whig Won an Election in Philadelphia

We're a two-party town again, baby!

Robert “Heshy” Bucholz, a 39-year-old man running as a Whig–you remember William Henry Harrison and friends–was elected judge of elections in Northeast Philly’s 56th Ward. (He beat his Federalist Democratic opponent 36-24 votes.)

Bucholz, previously registered as independent, said he joined the Modern Whigs three years ago in response to the partisan gridlock in Washington. “One of the first tenets of the party is, it stands for pragmatism, working through the issues instead of staring each other down and refusing to deal with them,” he said.

The party claims 30,000 members nationwide. And is about “working together to reach viable compromises.” Sounds great, sign me up! [Inquirer]