Dem voters throw out the bums

MATTHEW HALL / STAFF PHOTOGRAPHER State Sen. LeAnna Washington was falling behind in a close race for the North Philadelphia and Montgomery County district last night to her competition, lawyer Arthur Haywood III.
MATTHEW HALL / STAFF PHOTOGRAPHER State Sen. LeAnna Washington was falling behind in a close race for the North Philadelphia and Montgomery County district last night to her competition, lawyer Arthur Haywood III.
Posted: May 22, 2014

"CORRUPT and contented," be damned.

Democratic voters yesterday turned out one state lawmaker facing felony corruption charges and, as of press time, were on the verge of unseating another - disproving, for a moment, the century-old Lincoln Steffens description of the city as a place where corruption is accepted.

As of late last night, challengers also were poised to unseat two other state representatives in close races, possibly creating an unusually high turnover for an incumbent-heavy election cycle.

State Rep. J.P. Miranda, charged with orchestrating a ghost-employee scheme to get his sister in his district office, lost to Leslie Acosta. He finished fourth in a field of four candidates.

State Sen. LeAnna Washington, who allegedly used her state office to organize a political fundraiser, was losing a close race for her North Philadelphia and Montgomery County district to lawyer Arthur Haywood III. Results were still coming in at press time.

In surprise upsets, Jason Dawkins defeated state Rep. James Clay Jr., and Dave Henderson was beating state Rep. Pam DeLissio.

It wasn't all bad news for Philly lawmakers who have made headlines recently for corruption scandals.

Four members of the delegation allegedly accepted cash or gifts from a lobbyist who was cooperating with state prosecutors. The revelation came to light this spring when an Inquirer investigation revealed that Attorney General Kathleen Kane shut down the sting operation when she entered office.

By that time, it was too late for candidates to file nominating petitions, and only one of the lawmakers - state Rep. Vanessa Lowery-Brown - already had primary challengers.

Yesterday, she handily defeating Isaac Patterson V and Wanda Logan.

Joining the delegation will be Mike Driscoll, who served in the administration of Gov. Bob Casey and owns the Northern Liberties bar Finnigan's Wake.

He won the Democratic nomination for the Northeast Philly seat being vacated by state Rep. Mike McGeehan. There is no GOP candidate.

State Sen. Tina Tartaglione won a contentious race in her Kensington and Lower Northeast district, fighting off spirited challenges from Tomas Sanchez and Danny Savage.


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