COUNCILMAN KENYATTA JOHNSON was a keynote speaker at the first annualÂ Jobs for Pennsylvania Graduates Gala. JFPG supports at-risk young people in finishing their high-school education, going to college or finding gainful employment. The Councilman gave an inspiring speech and shared his own experiences coming up in public service. He was accompanied by his lovely wife DAWN CHAVOUS, formerly of the education-reform group Students First. Dawn is an advocate for educational opportunity and has been a strong voice for vouchers among other educational options.
Also at the gala was Philadelphia 76ers star THADDEUS YOUNG. Young has been a philanthropist for at-risk young people.
The 56th Ward Democratic picnic was a gigantic success. The clear sunny day at Burholme Park was the center point for many Philadelphia politicians this last Saturday. In additionÂ to STATE REP. JOHN SABATINA, JR. and his dad, WARD LEADER JOHN SABATINA, SR., many elected officials attended the picnic. Among themÂ were JUDGE FREDERICA MASSIAH-JACKSON, JUDGE TERESA DENI, JUDGE DORIS PECHKUROW, JUDGE WILLIAM MANFREDI, JUDGE JACQUI FRAZIER-LYDE and judge-to-be DAN McCAFFERY. The judges all worked the picnic tables and sought the support of the Democratic committee people and their friends. That is the beautiful part of elected judges. They never get too far away from the actual People. ALEX De TOCQUEVILLE called that democracy in America.
Also on hand was MARJORIE MARGOLIES, the congressional candidate trying to return to Washington, D.C. CONGRESSMAN BOB BRADY also attended and so did STATE SEN. MIKE STACK and his lovely wife TONYA.
A strange rumor is now circulating regarding the 2015 mayoral race. Apparently millionaire TOM KNOX will be assisted by City COUNCILMAN BILL GREEN. Knox will serve one term as Mayor with Green as his Chief of Staff. Then Green will be the frontrunner for Mayor in the second term. Knox, of course, will step aside for his loyal chief.
ROB McCORD has officially declared heâ€™s running for Governor. This brings the field to eight officially declared candidates and several potentially entering the race later. The Democratic field appears to be on a destruction course. The Democrats will likely tear each other limb from limb in the primary and whoever emerges as the victor will be in a weakened state for the savage Republicans. The conventional wisdom is the only thing to keep the Democrats away from victory is the Democrats. And that appears likely to happen again.