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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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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.
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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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April 27, 2016 | By Chris Brennan, Staff Writer
Call it an un-endorsement by the Philadelphia Federation of Teachers. The union on April 15 endorsed Montgomery County Commissioners Chairman Josh Shapiro in Tuesday's Democratic primary election for attorney general. On Monday, PFT spokesman George Jackson said the union is not endorsing any candidate in that election and declined to comment on or even acknowledge the endorsement of Shapiro 10 days ago. What happened? While the PFT won't say, Shapiro's foes cite a campaign donation as the source of the controversy.
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April 26, 2016 | By Thomas Fitzgerald, POLITICS WRITER
Ohio Gov. John Kasich and Texas Sen. Ted Cruz apparently have reached an agreement to combine forces against front-runner Donald Trump in coming Republican presidential primaries. In nearly simultaneous statements Sunday night, Cruz's campaign agreed not to contest Oregon and New Mexico, where Kasich is doing well, and to concentrate on the May 3 Indiana primary, where the conservative favorite Cruz is running just behind Trump in polls. "To ensure that we nominate a Republican who can unify the Republican Party and win in November, our campaign will focus its time and resources in Indiana and in turn clear the path for Gov. Kasich to compete in Oregon and New Mexico, and we would hope that allies of both campaigns would follow our lead, Cruz campaign manager Jeff Roe said in a statement.
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April 26, 2016 | By Chris Palmer, Staff Writer
A 21-year-old man was shot and killed in the city's Cedarbrook section Sunday afternoon just after speaking with a state House candidate about volunteering on his campaign, according to officials. The victim, whom police did not identify Sunday, had just talked to Democratic candidate Chris Rabb when a man approached and shot him twice in the back of the head, according to Chris Visco, Rabb's campaign manager. Police said the shooter fled the scene at 1400 Vernon Rd. and headed south on Fayette Street.
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April 23, 2016 | By Jeremy Roebuck, Staff Writer
An Allentown political consultant whose cooperation with the FBI fueled one of the state's most significant municipal corruption probes resurfaced Thursday for the first time in months, this time to admit his own role in the scandal. Appearing in federal court in Philadelphia, Michael Fleck, 40, pleaded guilty to tax evasion and conspiracy to commit extortion and bribery, charges tied to a wide-ranging pay-to-play investigation that has roiled city halls in Allentown and Reading, has implicated mayors in both cities, and led to the collapse last year of Allentown Mayor Ed Pawlowski's U.S. Senate bid. Fleck's plea came nine months after he abruptly shuttered his political consulting business and packed up his Allentown home, when word leaked he had worn an FBI wire to catch his clients shaking down government contractors for political donations.
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April 15, 2016 | By Maddie Hanna and Andrew Seidman, TRENTON BUREAU
New Jersey Lt. Gov. Kim Guadagno took her clearest step yet Wednesday toward a gubernatorial run in 2017, announcing an organization led by the campaign manager whom Gov. Christie banished after the George Washington Bridge lane closure scandal. A website for the privately funded 501(c)4 organization, Building a Better New Jersey Together, went live Wednesday. In a conference call, Guadagno described the announcement of the organization - which she said is intended to find solutions to New Jersey's problems - as "step one of a long process," and said the call was "the first of what I am sure will be many calls to you and others.
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April 13, 2016 | By Justine McDaniel, Staff Writer
The primary battle between two Bucks County Democrats vying in one of the nation's most-contested congressional races is heating up, with both candidates trading accusations. A supporter of State Rep. Steve Santarsiero threatened Monday to file a Federal Election Commission complaint against Shaughnessy Naughton, Santarsiero's primary opponent. Meanwhile, Naughton's campaign has hammered the other side over taking credit for gun legislation that never became law. After an independent science-related political action committee founded by Naughton sent a mailer blasting Santarsiero, a board member of the PAC complained Monday.
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March 15, 2016 | By Chris Brennan and Wendy Ruderman, STAFF WRITERS
What does District Attorney Seth Williams have in common with: a Harrisburg bartender who is a whiz at making Prohibition-era cocktails, a crackerjack team of GOP politicos from the state capital, and a longtime loyalist to former Republican Gov. Tom Corbett? The question is not a political joke, but a scenario that includes the key components to the embattled Democrat's new-and-improved campaign operation as he gears up to seek a third term next year. On the last day of 2015, Williams shut down "Friends of Seth Williams," his long-established, Philadelphia-based political action committee, moving $8,272.91 to a new "Seth Williams Victory Committee," campaign finance records show.
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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.
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October 17, 2015 | By Maddie Hanna, Inquirer Trenton Bureau
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.
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