January 26, 2013
Former State Sen. Vincent J. Fumo was back at his Kentucky federal prison Friday after a visit to a nearby hospital to investigate three heart blockages discovered during a checkup. Doctors have recommended that Fumo, 69, have heart bypass surgery to deal with one, in which an artery is 95 percent closed. U.S. Rep. Bob Brady (D., Pa.) said he had talked to members of Fumo's family, who said they were trying to determine where to have the surgery. Fumo's family had hoped to have him treated at a hospital in Philadelphia, but that will be difficult because he is a federal prisoner.
October 30, 1998
Bob Brady for Congress. Bob Brady for Congress? It's a hard endorsement for this Editorial Board to make, for obvious reasons. Mr. Brady is the epitome of the big-city party boss, successful at securing votes and sealing political deals, but without the policy-making skills one would expect in a member of Congress. If this race were only on issues, voters in the city's First Congressional District would do well to go with Libertarian John Featherman. He's an issues guy. Can't get enough of them - to the point that it's hard to get a word in edgewise in a discussion about HMO reform, drug policy or environmental regulations.
January 4, 2010
IT'S NOT too early to recommend Bob Brady as the best candidate for mayor of the city again because he's Philadelphia's "Person of the Year. " Brady acts alone in problem-solving, saving taxpayers from the unjustified salaries of self-styled "experts" who do nothing. Brady independently troubleshoots at all levels of government without a fancy resume and degrees, and has never failed at any problem placed before him, or any to which he volunteered to help resolve. Electing Brady, with his skills in mediating contract disputes, ameliorating political spats among his partisan peers and his use of common sense where political correctness has no practical value would be the best move for citizens of a city to whom he's clearly shown his love.
October 18, 2011 |
When Edgar "Sonny" Campbell learned that his grown son had been hit by a stray bullet a few weeks ago, he rushed to the Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania. He arrived to find someone else already there: U.S. Rep. Bob Brady. "He stayed the whole time," Campbell said. "He talked with the hospital administrators to make sure my son got everything he needed. That's the kind of friend he is. " Brady, the city's Democratic Party chair, is white. Campbell, its secretary, is black.
August 25, 2009 |
Bob Brady likes to tell the story of the time he refused a call from the president. Brady was at his office on Haverford Avenue one night hearing the problems and desires of constituents - not as a member of the U.S. House, but as Democratic leader of the 34th Ward. Before him sat a widow in tears. She was having a nasty problem with her toilet. Brady was about to tell her that he'd send over a couple of guys when a committeeman stuck his head in and said President Bill Clinton - this was back in the '90s - was on the line.
July 21, 2011 |
U.S. Rep. Bob Brady said Thursday afternoon that he will be presenting a check for more than $26,000 to the Overbrook Monarchs, the youth sports organization that lost thousands of dollars' worth of equipment last month. The team's sports equipment, as well as cooking equipment for game-day concessions, was stored in a trailer at its field at 66th and Callowhill Streets. Numerous items were taken, and others were damaged or destroyed during a burglary. The Monarchs were facing the possibility of a canceled football season because of the loss.
April 27, 2012
IT WOULD HAVE been an expense-account report to make my editors and the new millionaire owners (how you doing, guys?) very happy. I wanted to take U.S. Rep. Bob Brady out to dinner Wednesday night after his return from Washington, and it wouldn't cost a cent for him. Brady would not eat because he's on the weeklong Greater Philadelphia Food Stamp Challenge, organized by the Coalition Against Hunger and the Jewish Federation. The gimmick: Enlist celebrities to help illustrate how hard it is for the poor (including children, elders, the disabled)
November 8, 2012
BOB BRADY, the city's Democratic Party chairman for 26 years and a member of the U.S. House since 1998, is finally ready for his close-up. Brady, who was easily re-elected to another two-year term Tuesday, made the political rounds during the general election with a camera crew following closely. Brady said that Larry Platt , former editor of the Daily News and Philadelphia magazine, pitched a reality show on his life since Brady's not as "stuffy" as most members of Congress.
April 28, 1998 |
In a plush townhouse law office near Rittenhouse Square, under a gleaming chandelier, rich wood paneling and a woven tapestry of fox hunting, the roughly 80 lawyers and politicos had paid $250 a head to munch on egg rolls and shrimp tempura. It was just another night for Philadelphia's likely future congressman, Bob Brady, and his march toward his staggering goal of raising some $500,000 in just one month. The barrel-chested Democratic party boss was in a jovial mood when a reporter asked him about the money drive.
January 24, 1998 |
Lucien Blackwell is out. Bob Brady, apparently, is in. That was the word yesterday as the political landscape in Philadelphia shifted dramatically. Blackwell, who served in Congress from 1992 to '95, announced in the fall that he planned to seek the First Congressional District seat vacated in November by Rep. Thomas M. Foglietta, who went off to become U.S. ambassador in Rome. Brady, the city Democratic chairman and a close friend of Blackwell's, had been dithering for weeks about whether also to run. He had said he did not want to split the party.