January 18, 1991 |
If one person embodies the overwhelming domination the United States hopes to impose on Iraq, it is Gen. Colin L. Powell, the chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff. A tall, broad man with a gallery of medals and service ribbons over his heart, the four-star general has projected an image of easy confidence while briefing the world during the last two days. "I hope (Saddam Hussein) would quail at the sight, but I don't think he has the sense to," said Caspar W. Weinberger, the former secretary of defense.
April 24, 1994 |
Mary Virginia Weber was a retired teacher with no political aspirations when she and her husband, Al, moved to the Hidden Lakes section of the township in 1980 with plans to enjoy their golden years. Little did Weber know that she would be present at the birth of a new form of township government and go on to serve three consecutive council terms and one stint as a state assemblywoman. Now the stalwart Republican is stepping back. She has announced that she will not run again for the Township Council.
October 15, 1992 |
As a member of this newspaper's Editorial Board, I have had the opportunity - or should I say task? - of interviewing scores of political candidates. Over the last 12 years, both during spring primaries and in general elections, I have been privy to the off-the-record cases made by candidates seeking office and this newspaper's editorial endorsement. I have seen many bright, innovative political leaders. And I have seen potential leaders unusually eloquent in articulating their views on the myriad issues facing the city, state and nation.
July 19, 1999 |
He was the last Kennedy. Uncle Edward Kennedy remains an outspoken, if aging, presence in the U.S. Senate. Cousins Patrick and Kathleen Kennedy have their own political careers. Sister Caroline Kennedy Schlossberg is an author, sometime lawyer and mother of three children. But only 38-year-old John F. Kennedy Jr., it seems, had what it took to carry the mythic Kennedy torch into the next century. We knew much about his father, the 35th president of the United States.
October 29, 1998
Voters, candidates, issues and the election process Much has been said of the deplorable condition of politics in this country. Much has also been said of voters' apathy and the poor turnout at the polls. Could the two be related? In a democracy, we get the government we deserve. Let us pull together to make our country the best that it can be by pulling the lever Tuesday. Norma D'Alessandro Havertown The televised debates of the gubernatorial candidates (Inquirer, Oct. 22)
October 4, 1992 |
A five-minute car ride one recent autumn morning was all it took to transform second-grade teacher Kathleen Simon into candidate Kathleen Simon. When she hit the suburban sidewalks wearing her bright red "Vote for Simon" sweat shirt, Simon seemed at ease promoting her candidacy for a spot on the Monroe Township Council. She quickly ran down some tricks of the canvassing trade: Do all you can to avoid waking people up. Approach houses where lawn mowers and jiggling window shades indicate activity.
May 12, 2015 |
Former Mayor W. Wilson Goode Sr. recalls a curious child with a seat at the table as the grown-ups in West Philadelphia plotted campaigns for political office independent of the Democratic machine. Anthony H. Williams was there in the late 1960s and early 1970s because his father, Hardy Williams, was a chief plotter. "He always appeared more mature than his age," Goode said of the younger Williams. "Little Tony, as we called him, was always around and always interested in what we were doing.
April 1, 2005 |
When it came to local politics, South Jersey Democratic Party kingpin George E. Norcross III offered two ways of dealing with his political adversaries - he wanted one appointed a judge, and he wanted "to crush" the other. "I am doing everything humanly possible . . . things that are distasteful to get John Harrington on the bench," Norcross said in a secretly recorded conversation made public yesterday, "because I know that is the only way I can get rid of him. " At another point in the same 2001 conversation, Norcross said another adversary, Ted Rosenberg, "is history, and he is done . . . and anything I can do to crush his ass . . . " Harrington, who has since been appointed a state judge, and Rosenberg were Burlington County lawyers active in the Democratic Party and at odds with Norcross.
November 10, 1993 |
Saying it's time for "real people" to hold public office, a former national chief of the American Legion has announced his candidacy for lieutenant governor. Dominic DiFrancesco, a Republican from Middletown, says he's running for the state's second-highest office to help change the focus of government. "I am not a politician and I have never run for office," DiFrancesco said at a well-attended Capitol rally yesterday, "(But) it's time for real people with real solutions to step up to the plate.
October 11, 2005 |
Raj Bhakta, the dapper but ultimately hapless Philadelphian fired by Donald Trump in last year's The Apprentice, may be setting himself up for another form of public whupping. Bhakta, who now lives in Fort Washington, says he is very close to deciding to run a longshot campaign for the 13th District congressional seat held by U.S. Rep. Allyson Y. Schwartz (D., Pa.). "Why do I want to get my brains beaten in?" he asks. "Because I've always had a deep love of this country. I have a special appreciation as a first-generation American.