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October 10, 1991 | by Dave Davies, Daily News Staff Writer
"My center is giving way, my right is pushed back, situation excellent, I am attacking. " Those famous words from a French marshal during World War I could easily have come from Republican mayoral candidate Joe Egan yesterday. In an effort to revive his flagging campaign less than a month before the Nov. 5 election, Egan has fired his out-of-town campaign manager and brought in two Philadelphia veterans to try to salvage what looks increasing like a losing effort. Out is John Denny, 28, of the Washington, D.C.-based Eddie Mahe Company.
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March 19, 2014 | By Maddie Hanna and Andrew Seidman, Inquirer Trenton Bureau
TRENTON - The legislative committee investigating the George Washington Bridge lane closures released new documents Monday that show more communications involving Gov. Christie's former campaign manager than previously disclosed. The e-mails and text messages, filed with Superior Court, indicate that the campaign manager, Bill Stepien, was notified of the Fort Lee mayor's frustration with the lane closures while they were underway in September. They do not show exactly what Stepien knew about the lane closures, or include new revelations about the incident.
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January 9, 2014 | By Andrew Seidman, Inquirer Staff Writer
Gov. Christie's campaign manager is set to become chairman of the New Jersey Republican State Committee following the departure Tuesday of the organization's current head. After Samuel Raia announced his resignation Tuesday, he and Christie endorsed Bill Stepien for the job. A spokesman for the state GOP said it would vote on the matter in the coming weeks. "No one better understands how to grow our party, communicate our message, and, most importantly, win elections," Christie said in a statement released by the party committee.
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February 16, 2013 | By Bob Warner, Inquirer Staff Writer
The former campaign manager for City Councilwoman Blondell Reynolds Brown pleaded guilty Thursday to stealing more than $103,000 from Brown's reelection campaign and another political committee. John D. McDaniel, 39, signed a "noncooperation" plea agreement with the federal government that does not require him to help prosecutors with other cases but provides for consideration at sentencing if he does. U.S. District Judge Mary A. McLaughlin accepted McDaniel's plea to one count of wire fraud, and set sentencing for May 14. Federal sentencing guidelines call for 15 to 21 months in prison, said Assistant U.S. Attorney Paul L. Gray.
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November 16, 2005 | By Sally A. Downey INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
Mary Ellen Leonard Weinberg, 62, of Haverford, a political activist who helped run campaigns for former Philadelphia Mayor Frank Rizzo and her husband, Martin Weinberg, died of ovarian cancer Sunday at Thomas Jefferson University Hospital. Mrs. Weinberg managed her brother Thomas Leonard's successful campaigns for register of wills in Philadelphia in 1975, and city controller in 1979 and 1981. She was his press secretary when he lost his bid for lieutenant governor in 1978. His older sister could boss him around, he said, and pushed him to run for public office.
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March 5, 2014 | By Andrew Seidman, Inquirer Trenton Bureau
An attorney for Gov. Christie's former campaign manager disclosed in a court filing Monday that federal authorities are investigating his client as part of a probe into September lane closures on the George Washington Bridge. Bill Stepien "is undeniably a subject, if not a target" of the U.S. Attorney's Office's investigation into the traffic jams, attorney Kevin Marino wrote in a brief filed with Superior Court in Trenton. The brief says a subpoena issued by a special legislative committee investigating the traffic jams - which were carried out by Christie allies, allegedly for political payback - violates Stepien's Fifth Amendment right against self-incrimination.
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May 16, 2013 | BY CHRIS BRENNAN, Daily News Staff Writer brennac@phillynews.com, 215-854-5973
JOHN McDANIEL, former campaign manager for City Councilwoman Blondell Reynolds Brown, was sentenced yesterday to one year in federal prison for stealing more than $100,000 from her campaign account. McDaniel, according to documents filed in the case, has cooperated in local and federal investigations since his indictment in February. The question left unanswered: What did that cooperation entail? Assistant U.S. Attorney Paul Gray declined to comment after the hearing about a letter he filed under seal with the judge.
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February 8, 2013 | By Bob Warner, Inquirer Staff Writer
John D. McDaniel, former campaign manager for City Councilwoman Blondell Reynolds Brown, was charged Wednesday with wire fraud, accused of stealing about $100,000 from Brown's 2011 reelection campaign. U.S. Attorney Zane David Memeger brought the charges in an information - a sign that McDaniel has waived his right to have the charges considered by a federal grand jury and expects to plead guilty, possibly cooperating with the government as its investigation proceeds. McDaniel's attorney, Charles M. Gibbs, declined comment, and McDaniel did not return calls.
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August 7, 2007
Tricia Enright, a veteran of several political campaigns, has been hired to manage Democrat Michael Nutter's bid for mayor in November. "She fits into the quirky personalities we have here," Nutter campaign spokeswoman Melanie Johnson said. She added, "Tricia understands we are running an election and are in competition with another candidate. " Enright served in the fall as Gov. Rendell's campaign manager. Among her previous jobs, she was campaign communications director for former presidential candidate Howard Dean.
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October 8, 2014 | By Julia Terruso, Inquirer Staff Writer
The big issue up for debate in South Jersey's First Congressional District race is debating. Republican candidate Garry Cobb and State Sen. Donald Norcross (D., Camden) are less than 30 days away from an election to replace former U.S. Rep. Robert E. Andrews and have yet to go head-to-head. Both claim the other is the debate dodger. Cobb, a former Eagles linebacker running in the highly Democratic district, will appear at a "Meet the Candidates" event Wednesday night in Camden at Kaighn Avenue Baptist Church.
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July 18, 2014 | By Troy Graham, Inquirer Staff Writer
Pennsylvania Attorney General Kathleen Kane is investigating campaign contributions that a Reading mayoral candidate made to two Philadelphia City Council candidates on the same day he received $30,000 from the powerful electricians' union, Local 98. Carolyn Myers, a spokeswoman for Kane, confirmed Wednesday that an investigation was underway, but said she couldn't discuss the matter further. The probe was first reported by the Reading Eagle newspaper. Vaughn D. Spencer, now Reading's mayor, received the Local 98 donation days before the 2011 general election, which he won by 1,300 votes.
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July 17, 2014 | By Chris Palmer, Inquirer Staff Writer
High-powered Democrats have asked political novice Steve Cickay to withdraw from what is viewed as a pivotal Bucks County state Senate race, according to sources familiar with the discussions, and give way to Shaughnessy Naughton - who lost in the May primary in her bid for a congressional seat. Leading party operatives, including former Gov. Ed Rendell and State Sen. Vincent Hughes (D., Philadelphia), believe Naughton's name recognition and her ability to appeal to female voters make her a stronger candidate to take on two-term incumbent Chuck McIlhinney, the sources said.
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June 14, 2014 | By Jeff Gammage, Inquirer Staff Writer
In the space of less than a week, 23-year-old Zachary Werrell went from unknown to boy wonder to angry toddler, depending on who was talking. Werrell, who graduated last year from Haverford College, was lauded for having engineered Tuesday's shocking political defeat of House Majority Leader Eric Cantor. And, as campaign manager of insurgent David Brat, he was criticized Wednesday for scrubbing his Facebook page, which included provocative comments comparing the shooting of Trayvon Martin with abortion.
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June 6, 2014 | BY SEAN COLLINS WALSH & JENNY DeHUFF, Daily News Staff Writer walshSE@phillynews.com, 215-854-4172
TOM WOLF, the Democratic nominee for governor, visited City Council's weekly caucus session yesterday telling the crowd of lawmakers, lobbyists and staffers that he has a "deep appreciation" for Philadelphia even though he's from York County. Before caucus, he met behind closed doors with 13 of Council's 16 members, as shown in a photo tweeted by Majority Leader Curtis Jones Jr., with reporters locked outside. The state Sunshine Act prohibits a majority of members of an official body from doing business behind closed doors.
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May 16, 2014 | By Andrew Seidman, Inquirer Trenton Bureau
A lawyer for Gov. Christie's former campaign manager lashed out Wednesday at the attorneys the governor's office hired to investigate the George Washington Bridge scandal, saying they had impugned his client's reputation. Attorney Kevin Marino said Bill Stepien - Christie's two-time campaign manager and former deputy chief of staff - played no role in the September lane closures at the bridge and was wrongly dismissed by the governor. Marino said a March report on the lane closures completed by Gibson Dunn & Crutcher L.L.P.
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May 6, 2014 | By Andrew Seidman, Inquirer Trenton Bureau
NEWARK, N.J. - On one level, the race to succeed U.S. Sen. Cory Booker as mayor of New Jersey's largest city is a local political contest with the candidates debating issues familiar to urban America: intractable violent crime, a struggling school district challenged by charter schools, a perpetual battle to attract development and create jobs. Behind the scenes, though, the May 13 nonpartisan election is shaping up as a battleground for a bigger prize: control of Essex County and, in turn, an edge in a possible Democratic primary for the next gubernatorial election.
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May 3, 2014 | By Amy Worden, Inquirer Staff Writer
LANCASTER - At times, Thursday night's Democratic debate for governor was more like a cable-TV free-for-all than a measured discussion of the issues, as the No. 2 candidate in the polls, U.S. Rep. Allyson Y. Schwartz, mounted a vigorous attack on the leader, York businessman Tom Wolf. After more than a dozen debates and forums, the four candidates met for a 90-minute live telecast at Franklin and Marshall College, with Schwartz and state Treasurer Rob McCord criticizing Wolf before all four came together in opposition to the policies of Gov. Corbett.
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April 29, 2014 | By Jessica Parks, Inquirer Staff Writer
What was once viewed as a slam-dunk comeback for former U.S. Rep. Marjorie Margolies is turning into a knock-down, drag-out brawl with her three opponents in the 13th Congressional District, political observers say. Margolies had been considered the front-runner in the race to replace Allyson Schwartz. A poll her campaign commissioned in August found 62 percent of likely Democratic primary voters recognized her, and 55 percent viewed her favorably. But that early advantage has failed to push her opponents - State Rep. Brendan Boyle, physician Valerie Arkoosh, and State Sen. Daylin Leach - from contention.
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April 26, 2014 | By Jessica Parks, Inquirer Staff Writer
Marjorie Margolies' campaign on Thursday vehemently denied allegations that she spent general-election funds on primary-election expenses in violation of federal law. Campaign treasurer Jennifer May said in a statement that "at no time did Marjorie 2014 access general-election funds for expenditures in this primary. " Margolies' most recent finance report, filed April 15 with the Federal Election Commission, shows that the campaign had run out of primary funds from Jan. 15 to March 31, but continued to write checks totaling more than $70,000.
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