CITY HALL SAM: Penna. Society, Seen By A Democrat

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City Hall Sam took a hammer to his piggy bank and took a trip to New York City for the Pennsylvania Society. The weekend features a mixing of business leaders and politicos.

 

FORMER State Rep. George Kenney, now government-relations director for Temple University, chats with State Sen. Mike Stack and Dr. Val Arkoosh, candidate for congress the 13th Dist. Photo by Joe Stivala

FORMER State Rep. George Kenney, now government-relations director for Temple University, chats with State Sen. Mike Stack and Dr. Val Arkoosh, candidate for congress the 13th Dist. Photo by Joe Stivala

 

 

Among the Philadelphians on the scene were COUNCILMAN MARK SQUILLA, COUNCIL PRESIDENT DARRELL CLARKE, CITY CONTROLLER ALAN BUTKOVITZ, COUNCILMAN KENYATTA JOHNSON, STATE SEN. ANTHONY WILLIAMS, STATE SEN. MIKE STACK, STATE REP. CHERELLE PARKER and City COUNCILMAN BILL GREEN. Green may very well be the next chairman of the school reform commission. But the decision on that will likely be in the new year and it is in GOV. TOM CORBETT’S hands.

 

City Hall Sam went to a lot of parties, but this year’s best was the Children’s Hospital party in the Starlight Ballroom of the iconic Waldorf Astoria Hotel on Friday. Starlight is the biggest room and the most picturesque. But what made the party so special was the easy-to-handle food. There were many grilled-cheese sandwiches and mini-cheeseburgers which allowed for easy handling in between schmoozing. The party was crowded but not crunched and the people were energetic yet sophisticated.

 

Of course, another leading party was JOHN DOUGHERTY’S Electricians Local 98 – on the main floor of the Waldorf. The party was absolutely packed and the DJ was rocking. The downside is the spectacle of people dancing who shouldn’t be. Something about New York creates delusions in people’s estimation of their dance skills.

 

The DJ at the Local 98 party was BOB PANTANO, who is second only to the Geeter JERRY BLAVAT in record-spinning skill. CONGRESSMAN BOB BRADY held court along with Western Pennsylvania CONGRESSMAN MIKE DOYLE. The gubernatorial candidates present were, of course, CONGRESSWOMAN ALLYSON SCHWARTZ, TREASURER ROB McCORD and former Dept. of Environmental Protection SECS. KATIE McGINTY and JOHN HANGER.

 

Many of the candidates seeking to oust GOV. TOM CORBETT did not host parties because of the expense. However, Lieutenant Governor candidate Mike Stack hosted a highly successful party in the Park Avenue suite of the Waldorf Astoria Hotel. Among those in attendance were Council President Darrell Clarke, City Councilwoman Maria Quiñones Sánchez, City Controller Alan Butkovitz, and State Sen. Anthony Williams, JOHN BLAKE and SEAN WILEY, along with many others.

JOHN J. DOUGHERTY, host of IBEW Local 98 gala, welcomes Ward Leader Shawn Dillon; Mario Mele, Dental Components manufacturer; and judge-elect Dan McCaffery.  Photo by Joe Stivala

JOHN J. DOUGHERTY, host of IBEW Local 98 gala, welcomes Ward Leader Shawn Dillon; Mario Mele, Dental Components manufacturer; and judge-elect Dan McCaffery. Photo by Joe Stivala

 

CHS was amazed to see the difference in perception of the Pennsylvania Society by the political media and the actual political practitioners. Those attending the Pennsylvania Society were not really discussing ATTORNEY GENERAL KATHLEEN KANE’S career. But the media wrote stories that inaccurately portrayed the weekend as being all about her. She recently announced she would explore running for US Senate versus incumbent Republican PAT TOOMEY.

 

Kudos to the lovely CAROL FITZGERALD for putting together a wonderful Pennsylvania Society dinner. The main guest speaker and the winner of the Pennsylvania Society Gold Medal for Outstanding Achievement was VP JOE BIDEN. Also in attendance were many dignitaries including former GOV. ED RENDELL, Gov. Corbett, former ATTORNEY GENERAL LEROY ZIMMERMAN and AMBASSADOR DAVID GIRARD DiCARLO.

 

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