CITY HALL SAM: How Much Will Blatstein’s ‘Muscle’ Matter?

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The campaigning went on as Hurricane Sandy approached, stirred up a mess and roared on.

STATE SEN. LARRY FARNESE’S fundraiser drew former DA LYNNE ABRAHAM. She is a member of Archer Greiner, which hosted the highly successful event. Also attending the Archer Greiner fundraiser was casino magnate hopeful BART BLATSTEIN.

Blatstein formally announced this week his intention to develop the N. Broad Street site, formerly the Inquirer building. Blatstein trotted out his plan at a glitzy roll-out party. Among the VIPs were City Council PRESIDENT DARRELL CLARKE and Former GOV. TOM CORBETT’S Chief of Staff BRIAN NUTT.

Blatstein is posing as the winner of the remaining casino license. He believes it is a fait accompli. But if that is his top political clout, he may get outgunned. Look for the competition and the big names also vying for the license to be unprecedented. But City Hall Sam thinks names like LEW KATZ, ED SNIDER, STEVE COZEN, RON RUBIN and STEVE WYNN were pretty impressive on behalf of a Foxwoods Casino. Yet they failed.

BOB BRADY was seen at the joint 64th and 65th Ward Meeting last week at Tony’s Pizza on Frankford Avenue. He continues to campaign in his new Northeast Wards. Brady’s district is still one of the most-Democratic, but also more diverse. As usual, he will have to thread the political needle in the next Mayor’s race. He must balance racial, gender and demographic issues.

What will he do with the choices of ALAN BUTKOVITZ in the Northeast, TONY WILLIAMS in the Southwest? BLONDELL REYNOLDS BROWN as an attractive African American woman from East Falls? City Hall Sam would hate to be city chairman, but Brady loves it and has no substitute.

Two worthy Philadelphians will be honored at the 132nd anniversary of the United Republican Club, Frankford & Allegheny Avenues. Congratulations to JOHN J. EGAN, JR., former head of the Philadelphia Stock Exchange, for receiving 8th annual William A. Meehan Public Service Award, and FRAN O’BRIEN, DRPA, for being recipient of the 2nd annual Mary Tierney Public Service Award. Look for Dems as well as GOPers to show up. In case you have trouble figuring it out, United Republican Club was established in 1880.

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