JOHN DOUGHERTY will be hosting a labor fundraiser for gubernatorial candidate CONGRESSWOMAN ALLYSON SCHWARTZ next week. The special guest of honor is CONGRESSMAN BOB BRADY. This is an interesting combination of people. Schwartz is known as one of the national darlings of the far left. Brady is known as the quintessential insider and master dealmaker. And Dougherty is known for his brass-knuckle determination. Yet for this political season, they appear to be the three amigos.
The Democrats have never had a better chance of beating incumbent Republican Governor, so it’s crucial they don’t mess it up. Sadly, any faithful Democrat knows such an action usually becomes a reality. But it’s still early.
Why can’t ROB McCORD gain any traction with Southeastern Pennsylvania big shots? He’s likable, outgoing and appears to be able to run and raise money. Some insiders speculate Johnny Doc is not a fan, based on McCord’s hiring of former STATE SEN. VINCE FUMO staffers such as GARY TUMA and CHRISTOPHER CRAIG.
It’s easy to see why Brady needs to be for Schwartz. She has represented a large portion of Philadelphia and served with him in Congress for a number of years. McCord, even though he has been elected statewide twice, is still generally perceived as a newcomer and an outsider. As for the other candidates, KATIE MCGINTY, TOM WOLF, JOHN HANGER, MAX MYERS, SCOTT CONKLIN, ED PAWLOWSKI and others … they will likely find small pockets of support from other Philadelphia-area operatives who simply don-t like the top-tier candidates and don’t have relationships with either Dougherty or Brady.
The Philadelphia politicians heading to the Pennsylvania Society are numerous. From the Pennsylvania Senate, New York will likely see STATE SENS. ANTHONY WILLIAMS, LeANNA WASHINGTON, DOMINIC PILEGGI and SHIRLEY KITCHEN. Council PRESIDENT DARRELL CLARKE is the guest of honor at a high-price ticket fundraiser. STATE SEN. MIKE STACK is also hosting an event on Friday in the Waldorf’s Park Avenue suite. The weekend promises to bring friends together or separate them. To create new friendships or new animosities. All for the good of Pennsylvania.