Saidel won't try to succeed Schwartz in Congress

Jonathan Saidel: Former city controller.
Jonathan Saidel: Former city controller.
Posted: April 18, 2013

FORMER City Controller Jonathan Saidel on Tuesday dropped his bid to replace U.S. Rep. Allyson Schwartz, citing the interest in the race from Marjorie Margolies, who once held the seat.

Saidel, in a statement, made clear that Democrats are starting to line up behind Margolies, including former President Bill Clinton, a fundraising powerhouse. Margolies' son is married to Clinton's daughter.

"Over the past few days, I have had conversations with Marjorie Margolies and national Democratic leaders," Saidel said. "I respect the Clinton family's support of Marjorie as family and friend, and in recognition for her deciding vote for the Clinton budget cast 20 years ago this summer."

Margolies, a former television reporter, served one term in the 13th Congressional District, which now covers parts of Philadelphia and Montgomery County. She lost re-election after changing her 1993 vote to support Clinton's controversial federal budget.

Schwartz, who's represented the district since 2005, last week announced that she will run for governor in the 2014 Democratic primary election and will not seek another term.

Margolies told the Daily News last week that she was meeting with Democratic leaders about a congressional run, but declined to discuss details.

Don't expect Saidel, who served as city controller for 16 years, to give up on public office.

He also ran for lieutenant governor in 2010 and briefly for Philadelphia mayor in 2006.

Could Saidel be considering another run for mayor in 2015? The first line of his statement said "public service is in my blood."

"I believe I still have much to offer in elected office representing the citizens of Philadelphia, our region and our state," Saidel's statement read. "I continue to remain open to future opportunities currently being discussed by our Democratic leaders and myself."

Saidel did not respond to a request for further comment.

State Rep. Brendan Boyle of Northeast Philly, state Sen. Daylin Leach of Montgomery County, and Dr. Valerie Arkoosh, a professor of clinical anesthesiology at the University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine, have filed federal paperwork to enter the race for the 13th District seat.

U.S. Rep. Bob Brady, chairman of the Philadelphia Democratic Party, on Tuesday endorsed Boyle after Saidel dropped out.

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