Brown, who is expected to win her new party's endorsement, said that she has been meeting with local GOP chairman Vito Canuso and general counsel Michael Meehan every week since they recruited her. She expects their support to lead to the endorsement.
"I'm going there with the anticipation that the endorsement is mine to have," Brown, a retired Catholic-school teacher, said.
Featherman cites Brown's sudden support as one more reason why he wants to challenge the GOP leadership. He expects Brown to prevail this evening but said that he'll ask the party's ward leaders to make no endorsement.
"I can't make a play for the endorsement," said Featherman, a real-estate agent, citing his problems with the GOP leadership.
The winner of the May 17 Democratic primary election will most likely face Mayor Nutter as he seeks a second term in the Nov. 8 general election. But Nutter must first endure what is sure to be a public spectacle of a primary against T. Milton Street, a former state legislator who was released from federal prison last year after serving 26 months for not paying taxes for three years.