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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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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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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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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.
NEWS
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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February 27, 2013 | By Miriam Hill, Inquirer Staff Writer
John McDaniel, the former campaign manager for Blondell Reynolds Brown, who recently pleaded guilty to stealing $103,000 from her campaign and from another political action committee, reached a settlement agreement Monday with the Philadelphia Board of Ethics for violations of the city's election-finance laws. McDaniel agreed to pay $12,450 over the ethics charges, but his fine will be waived if he is sent to federal prison for his guilty plea. His sentencing is scheduled for May 14. The Ethics Board settlement says McDaniel contributed $4,600 to Reynolds Brown in 2011, $2,000 more than allowed.
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March 28, 2014 | By Troy Graham, Inquirer Staff Writer
City Councilwoman Blondell Reynolds Brown, who has run afoul of the city's Ethics Board more than once in recent years, had another potential blunder last week when her office mailed a letter - on her official stationery - soliciting advertising for a program on WURD-AM (900) she was briefly involved with. The letter, sent out last month, explains that Brown would be the cohost of the weekly program, Talking Drumline, throughout March during the Annual Celebration of Women's History Month.
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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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March 10, 2014 | By Thomas Fitzgerald, Inquirer Politics Writer
PITTSBURGH Tom Wolf, the front-runner in the Democratic primary for governor, collected Western Pennsylvania support from a broad lineup of the party's regional leaders during a Saturday news conference in Pittsburgh. Allegheny County Executive Rich Fitzgerald, Pittsburgh Mayor William Peduto, and U.S. Rep. Mike Doyle backed Wolf at the joint endorsement event, as did four state senators, four state representatives, seven local elected officials, and 29 party leaders. With six of the seven Democratic contenders hailing from east of the Susquehanna River, the west looms as an important and potentially decisive battleground.
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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.
BUSINESS
January 11, 2014 | By Jane M. Von Bergen, Inquirer Staff Writer
James Portwood listened carefully as Gov. Christie apologized Thursday for the role his inner circle played in causing a four-day traffic jam on the New Jersey side of the George Washington Bridge last year. Something was missing. "I wish that I had heard [him say] that 'I have to go back and look at my impact on my inner circle,' " said Portwood, a management professor at Temple University's Fox School of Business. Executives, whether they run a state or a company, are most vulnerable to missteps by those they trust the most, said Michael Useem, a management professor at the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania.
NEWS
January 11, 2014 | By Andrew Seidman and Jonathan Tamari, Inquirer Staff Writers
TRENTON - A day after one of his top aides was ensnared in a bizarre tale of petty payback politics, Gov. Christie on Thursday faced what he called a "crisis of confidence. " "You can't prevent everything," he said. "The test of leadership is: When you find it out, what do you do?" From Trenton to Washington, lawmakers and political analysts mostly praised Christie's response to the crisis, which ballooned into a full-blown scandal after documents surfaced Wednesday showing that some of his inner staff punished a Democratic mayor who did not endorse the Republican governor for reelection by closing his town's lanes to the George Washington Bridge for four days.
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January 10, 2014 | By Chris Brennan
CLOUT HAS LONG admired Quinnipiac University Polling Institute's spot-on tracking of national and state political trends. Now we admire their timing. New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie , in a marathon news conference yesterday about his staff's "embarrassing" abuse of power in the growing George Washington Bridge lane-closure scandal, waved off a question about the potential impact it could have if he runs for president in 2016. Christie also shrugged off "meaningless" early presidential polls by universities Minutes later, Quinnipiac University emailed reporters the results of a "national thermometer" poll conducted from Saturday to Tuesday.
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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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November 27, 2013 | BY JOHN F. MORRISON, Daily News Staff Writer morrisj@phillynews.com, 215-854-5573
THE WORD around Philadelphia's political, government and community circles was "Let Lana do it. " "If you want it done right, let Lana do it," was the cry. And whatever it was, no one would doubt that Lana Felton-Ghee would not only get it done, but that it would be done the best that anyone could do it. That ranged from political campaigns to civic celebrations, as well as cultural and a vast variety of community events, ranging from the...
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November 25, 2013 | BY CHRIS BRENNAN, Daily News Staff Writer brennac@phillynews.com, 215-854-5973
THE BERKS COUNTY Board of Elections, in a report released Thursday, accuses Local 98 of the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers of funneling campaign contributions through the 2011 Reading mayor's race to circumvent Philadelphia's campaign-contribution limit. Reading Mayor Vaughn Spencer drove to Philadelphia four days before the general election to pick up a campaign contribution of $30,000 at the union's request, the board said. Spencer's campaign then wrote two $10,000 checks that day, one for the campaign of Philadelphia City Councilman Bill Green IV and the other for the campaign of Council candidate Bill Rubin.
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