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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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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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April 25, 2015 | Chris Brennan, Inquirer Staff Writer
The Democratic primary for mayor went negative this week with a website whose caustic tone spread like an Internet virus to other campaigns. State Sen. Anthony Hardy Williams launched ProgressivePhilly.com, which suggested that former City Councilman James F. Kenney and former District Attorney Lynne M. Abraham had been soft on rogue cops in their political careers. Kenney's campaign, during the taping of a debate to be aired Thursday evening on Fox29, issued an e-mail hitting Abraham on some of the same issues raised by the Williams website.
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April 15, 2015 | BY MENSAH M. DEAN, Daily News Staff Writer deanm@phillynews.com, 215-854-4172
CITY COMMISSIONER Stephanie Singer may have something to sing about if her reading of court transcripts is accurate. After poring over those transcripts from the late March hearing which resulted in Singer getting kicked off the primary ballot for lacking enough valid voter signatures, it has been discovered that she actually has the required 1,000 signatures, her campaign manager said yesterday. One thousand on the dot. "It's amazing, but it's true," said Shannon Marietta.
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April 10, 2015 | Philly Clout
WHEN Lynne Abraham collapsed at the beginning of Tuesday night's debate, some of us at the Kimmel Center thought the worst. As in, you know . . . the worst. So we all breathed a sigh of relief when the former district attorney quickly regained consciousness and sat up in a chair. Abraham later said she hadn't eaten or drunk anything all day and was likely dehydrated. Seems plausible. But mayoral rival Doug Oliver's campaign has its doubts. "PR stunt or for real?"
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April 10, 2015 | Chris Hepp and Claudia Vargas, Inquirer Staff Writers
Mayoral candidate Lynne M. Abraham, hoping to bounce back from an embarrassing fainting spell during the first televised mayoral debate, attended a candidates' forum Wednesday morning. She also plans to attend a second forum Wednesday afternoon and later to meet with voters at the Clothespin in Center City. Abraham started her day at 8 a.m. at the BUILD Philly Coalition Mayoral Forum, National Museum of American Jewish History, 101 South Independence Mall East. Sam Coleman, spokesman for Abraham, said she later went to see her doctor, on the advice of her campaign manager.
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March 30, 2015 | BY WENDY RUDERMAN, Daily News Staff Writer rudermw@phillynews.com, 215-854-5924
IS STEPHANIE SINGER'S campaign cooked or what? Depends on who you ask, naturally. "It ain't over yet," Singer's lawyer, Charles Goodwin, said yesterday. "The last dog has not died. " "She lost," said Richard Hoy, the opposing lawyer. "I cannot understand how you can lose something and think you won. " For readers who are just tuning in, here's the election drama that has played out over an entire week - an 87-hour blood feud - inside a makeshift courtroom, where temperatures and tempers steadily rose, at the County Board of Elections on Delaware Avenue: Singer is an incumbent trying to retain her seat on the three-member board of City Commissioners.
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March 27, 2015
  LYNNE ABRAHAM'S campaign trumpeted a very favorable internal poll yesterday showing the ex-district attorney leading the mayor's race by 16 points. A lot of that comes from Abraham's unparalleled name recognition among the field of six vying for Room 215. Early polls ahead of heavy TV advertising don't measure much more than that. Mayor Nutter around this time eight years ago was barely a blip on the chart. Still, it's better to be ahead than to be behind. Rival Doug Oliver , who has less name recognition than anyone, parodied the Abraham poll by releasing a (fake)
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March 25, 2015 | Chris Hepp, Inquirer Staff Writer
State Sen. Anthony Hardy Williams is launching a television ad campaign for his Democratic mayoral bid Tuesday, becoming the first candidate to finance such an effort this primary season. While his campaign declined to say what stations would air the ad or how frequently, a Williams campaign strategist, speaking on condition of anonymity, said the buy was "significant" and signaled the beginning of the on-air campaign that would continue until Philadelphia's May 19 Democratic primary.
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