April 4, 2016
The last contest to represent the Philadelphia-based Second Congressional District presented voters with an arguably difficult choice between an experienced Democratic congressman under federal investigation and a politically inexperienced Republican schoolteacher. In fact, the overwhelmingly Democratic district's voters didn't find the choice difficult at all: Eighty-eight percent voted to reelect Rep. Chaka Fattah to his 11th term. The current contest should be a closer call. Fattah now faces a 29-count federal indictment for allegedly running a criminal organization devoted to paying his bills with purloined public and charitable funds.
March 4, 2016
WHAT IS Pasquale "Pat" Deon , a GOP bigwig from Bucks County, doing raising money for State Rep. Dwight Evans , a Philly Democrat looking to unseat indicted U.S. Rep. Chaka Fattah in this year's congressional election? A Clout tipster asks: Could it have anything to do with the fact that Evans sits on SEPTA's board of directors and has supported Deon as chairman? "That's silly nonsense," said Evans campaign manager Michael Dineen . Perfect. We specialize in silly nonsense.
November 19, 2015 |
DWIGHT EVANS seeks a new political place. After 34 years in the Legislature during which he ran, then lost, the powerful House Appropriations Committee, after failed runs for lieutenant governor, governor and twice for mayor, he's now running for Congress. I wonder why. Why leave one mess in one Capitol for an arguably bigger mess in another? Especially since Washington runs on seniority, so if he wins, he starts on the bottom rung of the ladder. Maybe he's bored with Harrisburg.
November 4, 2015 |
State Rep. Dwight Evans, a longtime powerhouse in Philadelphia Democratic politics, will challenge embattled U.S. Rep. Chaka Fattah in next year's primary. He filed the needed federal paperwork late Monday afternoon. Fattah, seeking a 12th term in Congress while under federal indictment, took the news in stride Monday, saying he looks forward to the race and feels confident about his chances of reelection. Evans' decision sets up a clash between two politicians, each with more than three decades in elected office, both known as pillars of power in the city's African American community.
June 22, 2015 |
People are suddenly asking Dwight Evans for lottery picks. That happens when you are two-for-two betting long on the most important political offices in Pennsylvania. In back-to-back elections, the Democratic state representative from West Oak Lane has wagered and won big with his support of the relatively unknown Tom Wolf for governor last year and Jim Kenney for the Democratic nomination for mayor of Philadelphia last month. Evans now can boast of having the ear of both men and an inside track on favors and future political appointments.
May 22, 2015 |
DEMOCRATIC mayoral nominee Jim Kenney , who steamrollered state Sen. Anthony Hardy Williams in Tuesday's Democratic primary, skipped the traditional postelection lunch at the Palm to attend a Broad Street Ministry luncheon with Republican mayoral candidate Melissa Murray Bailey and Gov. Wolf . The Clout team - big believers in tradition - decided to post up at the bar at the Palm with N.Y. strip steaks and Old Fashioneds, knowing full...
April 14, 2015 |
FAR BE IT from me to suggest that elected officials sometimes act in their own interests. But it's hard to look at Dwight Evans these days and not think he's feathering his own nest. Long out of the catbird seat after years in the catbird seat, Evans seems poised to perch again. Last week, he endorsed Jim Kenney for mayor and, along with other Northwest Philly Democratic bigs, thereby invited a critical chunk of African-American votes to back Kenney's candidacy. This is significant because, if history's a guide, most of those votes likely would line up for the leading African-American in the race, state Sen. Anthony Hardy Williams.
November 22, 2014 |
In an unexpected twist in the race to elect Philadelphia's next mayor, State Rep. Dwight Evans (D., Phila.) says he is giving serious thought to joining the field. Evans, who has twice run unsuccessfully for mayor, said his interest has been bolstered by a poll he commissioned in October that showed him running second in a race for the 2015 Democratic nomination among the six most likely or announced candidates at the time. He trailed only former District Attorney Lynne M. Abraham, according to an aide who has seen the poll and spoke on condition of anonymity.
February 12, 2014 |
BACK IN 1995, Dwight Evans had had enough of dealing with the ceaseless demands of residents of the 10th Ward in West Oak Lane, where he was ward leader. At least that was what some political observers thought. Evans had made it clear that the daily grind of dealing with the picky details of constituent laments, from pot holes to garbage collection, had gotten old, and he decided to call it quits in September 1995. His successor, Edgar Allen Howard, had no such qualms. Dealing with people's problems was what he always felt he was born to do. "He helped everyone," his son Bruce said.
December 3, 2013
A LOT'S BEEN written about Philly Democratic Rep. Dwight Evans during his 30-plus years in office, and much of it hasn't been pretty. There were electoral flops for lieutenant governor, governor and (twice) mayor. There were dustups over his West Oak Lane Charter School, his $1 million taxpayer-financed West Oak Lane Jazz Festival, his habit of (legally) accepting gifts, viewed by many - me included - as just plain wrong. So it's easy to write Evans off: another corruptible career pol in a legislature and from a city with ample examples of the same.