October 30, 2015
MAYBE YOU'VE noticed that by this time of the year, we sorta hate politics. We write about candidates and campaigns with the same gusto as, say, taking out the trash. Or plunging a toilet. Just vote and get it over with. But we do like professional wrestling. So imagine our delight when a Clout tipster informed us that the campaign manager for a Supreme Court candidate is a former wrestler named "Jason the Terrible . " It's true. Mitch Kates , who's running David Wecht 's campaign, is a 6-5 former ax-wielding wrestler who used to don a "Friday the 13th"-style hockey mask before pulverizing his opponents in the ring.
October 17, 2015 |
Gov. Christie's presidential campaign raised $4.2 million in the three-month period ending Sept. 30 and spent $2.8 million, according to a campaign-finance filing Thursday. The figures marked the first disclosure of Christie's fund-raising as a candidate, and fell short of the hauls reported by a number of his rivals. Among the Republican candidates, neurosurgeon Ben Carson raised $20.7 million, former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush $13.4 million, former Hewlett-Packard CEO Carly Fiorina $6.8 million, and Florida Sen. Marco Rubio $5.7 million, according to filings or statements by the campaigns.
August 12, 2015 |
Montgomery County Coroner Walter I. Hofman is ending his reelection campaign. Hofman, 78, a Democrat, said in a statement Monday that he would return to private practice in January, after his second term ends. Monday was the last day to withdraw from the November ballot. Marcel Groen, chairman of the county Democrats, said the party has two weeks to submit a replacement and has begun informal talks with several potential candidates. Hofman's campaign manager, Sherry Marcus Milano, said he will assist in that search.
August 7, 2015
DEVOTED CLOUT readers probably remember the name-calling and the campaign fliers of weird hot-tub photos that popped up during the fierce spring primary election race between City Councilman Kenyatta Johnson and real estate developer Ori Feibush . At the time, former Gov. Ed Rendell noted the race had entered something called the "silly season," a point in time where candidates just throw ideas - and rumors - at a wall, and hope something...
July 28, 2015 |
Let's talk today about City Council politics and Philadelphia's Nov. 3 general election in terms of - What if? What if two well-known local politicians formed their own political party? What if they ran as a team for two of the seven Council at-large seats set aside in the City Charter for a minority political party? What if intramural feuds in the Republican Party, which has held those two set-aside seats for decades, left the current GOP at-large Council members politically vulnerable?
July 10, 2015 |
WASHINGTON - If Katie McGinty runs for the Senate, the chief of staff for Gov. Wolf has at least one big supporter. U.S. Rep. Robert Brady, Philadelphia's Democratic chairman, says he is "100 percent in her corner. " "Honorary campaign manager, anything she needed me to do," Brady said Wednesday after speaking to her earlier in the day. McGinty's name is the latest to emerge as a possible Democratic challenger to the Republican incumbent, Pat Toomey, in a widely watched race that could help determine control of the Senate.
June 26, 2015 |
LAUREN HITT had picked up and moved from Ohio to Philly to work on the mayoral campaign of Ken Trujillo, the buttoned-down lawyer whom she viewed as a sure thing. About two weeks later, Trujillo's campaign was dead. He had dropped out of the mayor's race to attend to a family matter. It was late January, just four months before the Democratic primary election, and Hitt, Trujillo's newly minted communications director, was suddenly jobless. Now what? she thought. Like a backup prom date, there was Jim Kenney, the veteran unbridled member of City Council, waiting in the wings.
May 27, 2015 |
Gov. Christie was gone, trailed by reporters as he left the Portsmouth, N.H., park where he had called for military investment and tougher intelligence. But not everyone had dispersed. "That's really important in politics - show who you are," Matt Mowers said, talking with a couple who approached him after last week's speech. Once tasked with assisting New Jersey mayors as an aide in Christie's administration and courting their endorsements for his 2013 reelection campaign, Mowers, 25, now is trying to build relationships for Christie in New Hampshire, the first-in-the-nation primary state, seen as key to the governor's presidential chances.
May 18, 2015 |
The following is a public-service announcement: Tuesday's Democratic mayoral primary will be held as scheduled. Despite recent polls, commentary, and endorsements that suggest a conclusion has already been reached in this campaign, the sometimes-messy business of democracy requires that at least one ballot be cast before a winner is declared. "You could be the most popular person in a poll and lose an election," pollster Adam Geller said. "Because if you don't get your voters out, who cares?"
May 14, 2015 |
Three-time Philadelphia mayoral candidate Sam Katz won't give it a fourth go this fall. Katz announced his decision via e-mail Tuesday afternoon, thanking supporters for encouraging him to run. His e-mail thanked "everyone . . . who thought that Philadelphia was ready for an independent candidacy - for my candidacy - and who said they would be there to help me if I chose to go again. " Thus ended months of speculation. In February, Katz switched his registration from Republican to independent - a sure sign, many thought, that he would jump into the race after Tuesday's primary.