January 22, 2016
GUESS WHO jumped on the bandwagon of reformers and others critical of City Commission Chairman Anthony Clark? Democratic Party Chairman Bob Brady. Brady told reporter Claudia Vargas this week that Clark was an "absolute disgrace" and should step down as chairman of the three-member commission, which oversees election operations in the city. Clark has long been criticized for his work ethic - more precisely, his lack of a work ethic. Rarely seen at his office in City Hall, Clark has no city cellphone and no email contact with the office.
December 31, 2014 |
Rep. Bob Brady, the Philadelphia Democratic Party chairman, recently stirred from his slumber to accuse Attorney General Kathleen Kane of being "asleep at the switch" when she spiked a corruption investigation involving five city Democrats. He said he lacks confidence in her fitness to serve as Pennsylvania's chief law enforcement official. It's about time Brady publicly noted the scandal raging within his own party. Even though his comments were carefully constructed, open to multiple interpretations, and oblivious to his own responsibility, they suggested that the Democratic establishment is at least a little embarrassed by recent events.
August 9, 2013 |
U.S. REP. BOB Brady convened a "working group" of political, tourism and labor leaders yesterday to launch his push for Philadelphia to host the Democratic National Convention in 2016. A big question to work on: Who pays for what, if the city hosts the big show? Brady, who spoke with the media after the private meeting, seemed to take seriously Mayor Nutter's concern about the effort's cost. Four times, Brady said the city would not have to spend tax dollars to host the convention.
March 16, 2013 |
In the wake of a grand jury report depicting a Pennsylvania Turnpike Commission awash in bribes and bid-rigging, U.S. Rep. Bob Brady is vouching for his man. His man who worked at the turnpike, that is. Brady (D., Pa.) said Thursday that "one of the most honorable people I know" is Melvin Shelton, his longtime friend and political ally, who now faces theft charges for alleged personal use of a turnpike car and falsifying of work hours. "He told me he did nothing wrong, and I believe him," Brady told The Inquirer.
February 8, 2013 |
Parx Casino will give $250,000 each year to sponsor the Philly Cycling Classic in 2013 and 2014, U.S. Rep. Bob Brady said Thursday. Parx will be the name sponsor for the June 2 race, which just weeks ago was thought dead for this year after previous organizers were unable to find new sponsors. Parx is joined by New Penn Financial, which will contribute $100,000 for 2013. Also, Philadelphia Federal Credit Union will contribute $50,000 this year, and Sunoco $25,000. This year's race is expected to be shorter than the traditional one but will retain its key feature, the climb up the Manayunk Wall.
February 1, 2013 |
PHILADELPHIA will have a bike race this year, and it will climb up the Manayunk Wall. The new 2013 race, dubbed the Philly Cycling Classic, will be organized by a nonprofit team of sporting-event professionals, cycling advocates, business and community leaders, U.S. Rep. Bob Brady said Thursday. After David Chauner, founder of the Philadelphia International Cycling Championship, said there would be no race due to rising city costs and loss of sponsors, Brady met with other local elected officials, cycling enthusiasts and corporate leaders.
January 27, 2013 |
AFTER A DAY full of meetings with elected officials, corporate representatives and community and cycling groups, U.S. Rep. Bob Brady said Friday that he was hopeful that there might be a 2013 bike race in Manayunk after all. "I don't want to lose 2013," said Brady. "I'm a traditions type of guy . . . salt pretzels and all of that. The bike race is known throughout the country as a great bike race. Everyone loves the [Manayunk] Wall. " Organizers of the famous annual Philadelphia International Cycling Championship said this week they've have been forced to cancel the race because its biggest corporate sponsor, TD Bank, has pulled out. Brady plans to soon begin fundraising to revive this year's race.
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.