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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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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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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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August 12, 2015 | By Jessica Parks, Inquirer Staff Writer
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.
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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...
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July 28, 2015 | By Chris Brennan, Inquirer Columnist
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?
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July 10, 2015 | By Jonathan Tamari, Inquirer Washington Bureau
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.
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June 26, 2015 | Wendy Ruderman, Daily News Staff Writer
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.
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May 27, 2015 | By Maddie Hanna, Inquirer Trenton Bureau
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.
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May 18, 2015 | Chris Hepp and Tom Avril, Inquirer Staff Writers
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?"
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May 14, 2015 | Julia Terruso and Chris Brennan, Inquirer Staff Writers
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.
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May 11, 2015 | Wendy Ruderman & Mensah M. Dean, Daily News Staff Writers
WITH LESS than two weeks to go before Philadelphia's primary election for mayor, state Sen. Anthony Hardy Williams has more cash on hand to spend than chief rival, former City Councilman Jim Kenney, according to campaign-finance reports filed yesterday. But money from political-action committees, which can spend unlimited amounts promoting a candidate as long as they don't work with the candidate, will likely even out the playing field between Williams and Kenney. During the second and final reporting cycle of the primary race, Williams' campaign raised about $1.3 million from Jan. 1 through May 4, according to the candidate's report.
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May 2, 2015 | Chris Brennan, Inquirer Staff Writer
The Democratic primary campaign for Philadelphia mayor took a contentious turn Thursday with talk of a double-cross, and some heckling and cursing - in LOVE Park, of all places. It unfolded like this: Helen Gym, the education activist running for an at-large seat on City Council, appeared at a morning event at City Hall, where a collection of liberal groups criticized a trio of Main Line billionaires who are paying for television ads supporting State Sen. Anthony Hardy Williams' bid for mayor.
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