POLS ON THE STREET: Cruz Brings Wolf Into His Fold

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CONGRESSIONAL candidate Brendan Boyle addresses attendees at coffee klatch hosted by Barbara and Lisa Deeley at their home in Northeast. State Rep. Kevin Boyle listens intently as his brother discusses legislative priorities.

CONGRESSIONAL candidate Brendan Boyle addresses attendees at coffee klatch hosted by Barbara and Lisa Deeley at their home in Northeast. State Rep. Kevin Boyle listens intently as his brother discusses legislative priorities.

BY JOE SHAHEELI/ Gubernatorial candidate Tom Wolf made his first serious inroad into this town’s Democratic machinery  last Friday night, picking up the endorsement of 7th Ward Leader State Rep. Angel Cruz (D-Kensington).

It’s a big one for Wolf and can be considered a coup for a couple of reasons.

Cruz’ influence spreads out past his 180th Legislative Dist. into other wards and legislative and senatorial districts, wherever blocs of Latino voters are registered.

His endorsement of Wolf comes at a time when a turnout of Latino voters is expected to set a record high since their wards and legislative and senatorial districts are almost all involved in leadership struggles. It’s also pulling from the expected turnout Allyson Schwartz hopes to get from the city as the endorsed candidate of the Democratic Party.

Cruz’ base of support has enabled him to survive a series of primaries, with each victory adding to that base.

He introduced Wolf to a packed house at Isla Verde at American & Lehigh, adding he would be part of “Angel Cruz’ A team, made up of senatorial candidate Tim Savage and Tom Wolf for Governor.” He also introduced other legislative candidates — without endorsements — since they were all his “friends.”

Present at the event, and assuring Cruz he had Savage’s back financially, was Ward Leader and union official John J. Dougherty, Jr.

City Commissioners Going By The Book

Over the past half century, tradition has crept in, making changes with election boards that most of us have thought were baked into law. One of these has been the role of the Judge of Elections.

STATE REP. Angel Cruz announced his campaign support for Tim Savage, right, in 2nd Senatorial Dist. Democratic primary. Also backing Savage is unionist and Ward Leader John Dougherty, center.

STATE REP. Angel Cruz announced his campaign support for Tim Savage, right, in 2nd Senatorial Dist. Democratic primary. Also backing Savage is unionist and Ward Leader John Dougherty, center.

The Judge had the last word as to what was protocol or not in the election district or division on election day. The Judge was also the only one allowed to go into the election booth with a voter who was requesting assistance.

But we learned this past week, as have several judges of election who have checked in with this paper, judges make up one of three categories forbidden by law to assist voters inside the booth.

Those judges of elections who came to us for clarification were confused after learning from Commissioners’ classes now being held they were not to assist voters.

Tradition is no longer the rule. Here is the official word: Judges of Elections cannot go into the booth with a voter. Neither can their employer or their union representatives. But other members of the board or a relative can step in and assist the voter.

Does Jared Have The Wisdom Of Solomon?

Jared Solomon, candidate for the 202nd House Dist., understands jobs equal votes. Governor Tom Corbett is basing his reelection campaign on that platform and is glorying in the fact unemployment in Pennsylvania is at an all-time low since his inauguration in 2011.

So Solomon announced last week he has secured an agreement to relocate Environmental Construction Services, Inc., into Lower Northeast Philadelphia, bringing with it over 30 jobs.

Environmental Construction Services is a unionized mechanical and sheet-metal contracting firm specializing in energy-efficiency. Michael Brown, ECS’s president, confirmed he made the move when presented the opportunity by Solomon.

A graduate of Swarthmore College and Villanova Law School, Solomon is an attorney experienced in education law, securities and antitrust, election reform and human rights.

Driscoll On Move In 173rd District

OPENING of Mike Driscoll HQ for 173rd Dist. race at Torresdale Avenue & Ashburner Road was huge success, drawing fraternal, civic and labor organizations to event. Appreciative Mike is 5th from left. Photo by Joe Stivala

OPENING of Mike Driscoll HQ for 173rd Dist. race at Torresdale Avenue & Ashburner Road was huge success, drawing fraternal, civic and labor organizations to event. Appreciative Mike is 5th from left. Photo by Joe Stivala

Not content with the Democratic caucus‘ endosement in his run to replace retiring Mike McGeehan in the 173rd House Dist., Mike Driscoll is taking a page from McGeehan’s notebook.

He has campaign aide Terrence Devlin reaching out for volunteers from among the many friends developed by Driscoll over the years.

Devlin says, “Mike has done so much, for so many. Now is our opportunity to do something for Mike. We are asking volunteers to contribute to spending a max of two hours to help us with light-duty items necessary for a successful campaign.“

Devlin’s number is (215) 817-1670 or e-mail TOD318@gmail.com.

Sen. Leach Raises $335, 399 In Quarter

Don’t count State Sen. Daylin Leach out as a serious candidate for Congress in Pennsylvania’s 13th Congressional Dist. His first-quarter fundraising of $335,399 pushed his campaign past the $1-million-raised mark.

“Daylin is exceptionally proud of the grassroots contributors who put their faith in our campaign,” said Aren Platt, Leach’s campaign manager. “Since we started running for Congress a little more than a year ago, we’ve received contributions from 4,793 individual donors from all 50 states.” Additionally, this past quarter, our average contribution was less than $105.”

Also lighting Leach’s fire are huge endorsements from the Pennsylvania State Education Association and the National Education Association. The 13th Dist. is rich with teachers, who tend to be supervoters.

STATE REP. Angel Cruz, in baseball cap, center, hosted State Rep. Ed Neilson, Tim Savage, John Dougherty, Harry Enggasser, Donna Aument and State Reps. John Gray and Rosita Youngblood at his election kickoff. Photo by Pilar Capullo

STATE REP. Angel Cruz, in baseball cap, center, hosted State Rep. Ed Neilson, Tim Savage, John Dougherty, Harry Enggasser, Donna Aument and State Reps. John Gray and Rosita Youngblood at his election kickoff. Photo by Pilar Capullo

Michael Youngblood Seeks 32nd Ward Post

Michael Youngblood, who continually surfaces up front or behind the scenes in city and state campaigns, is making a serious run at the leadership of the 32nd ward held by Gary Williams.

It’s not that he has anything against Gary. “But,” he says, “it is time for me to get involved within the party structure.”

Youngblood was a member of Tom Knox’s former campaign for Mayor.

Libertarian Krawchuk Has Great Platform

Ken Krawchuk, the Libertarian candidate for Pennsylvania Governor, wished his fellow Pennsylvania taxpayers a “Happier Tax Day!” Tuesday. But Krawchuk added, “The only way to ensure that happens is to vote for a Libertarian Governor this year.”

He explained over the course of the last fifty years – two entire generations! – the cost of government has been growing at more than three times the rate of inflation. “It doesn’t matter if there’s a Democrat or Republican in office,” he said.

He noted in 1964, the average Pennsylvania taxpayer paid only $100 in taxes. Today, that number is over $2,300 and growing. Had taxes tracked with inflation, the average tax would have been below $700. But instead, the government is taking an extra $1,600 from each Pennsylvanian.

“When I’m Governor, that trend will end,”  he vowed.

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