CITY HALL SAM: Exciting Election Day Saw Dramatic Wins And Losses

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SWEEPING to victory were State Sen. Mike Stack, seeking Lieutenant-Governor nomination, and State Rep. Mike O'Brien, who overcame stiff opposition in his Center City district. They were joined by Stack's mother retired Judge Fay Stack at the Senator's maiden visit to Famous 4th Street Deli on election day.

SWEEPING to victory were State Sen. Mike Stack, seeking Lieutenant-Governor nomination, and State Rep. Mike O’Brien, who overcame stiff opposition in his Center City district. They were joined by Stack’s mother retired Judge Fay Stack at the Senator’s maiden visit to Famous 4th Street Deli on election day.

The Famous 4th Street Deli was packed on election day with famous Phillies. Among the stars were COUNCIL PRESIDENT DARRELL CLARKE and his trusty right-hand man, attorney CHARLES GIBBS. STATE REP. MARIA DONATUCCI was escorted by her son. City Councilman at-Large-to-be ED NEILSON was escorted by KENNY ADAMS. Former Municipal Court JUDGE FELICE STACK enjoyed lunch with former STATE SEN. BOB ROVNER and her son Lieut-Guv nominee MIKE STACK and grandson TOM NARDI. Also on hand were mayoral hopeful ALAN BUTKOVITZ and STATE REP. MICHAEL O’BRIEN.

CITY COUNCILMAN-TO-BE Ed Neilson grins outside Famous 4th Street Deli as he marched toward victory in special election. He was joined by veteran political publicist Frank Keel, left, and Tom Milligan.

CITY COUNCILMAN-TO-BE Ed Neilson grins outside Famous 4th Street Deli as he marched toward victory in special election. He was joined by veteran political publicist Frank Keel, left, and Tom Milligan.

Some of the election results were eye-opening. BRENDAN BOYLE was able to capture the nomination for Congress and the 13th Dist. by a wide margin. Apparently the influence of former PRESIDENT BILL CLINTON in the election on behalf of MARJORIE MARGOLIES was insignificant. Boyle won handily, taking almost all of the Philadelphia vote and significant portions of Montgomery Co.’s.

In the Lieutenant Governor’s race, Mike Stack dominated throughout the state. The notion that having Philadelphia next to his name would take away votes was soundly rejected. Only two Philadelphians have won statewide elections in the last 40 years. They are former GOV. ED RENDELL and now State Sen. Mike Stack.

Media consultant KEN SNYDER was two for three on election day. He won in both the Boyle and Stack races but took a beating in the DAN SAVAGE race. STATE SEN. TINA TARTAGLIONE, who was in the crosshairs of Local 98 powerhouse JOHN DOUGHERTY, won her primary election. TOMÁS SÁNCHEZ finished third after Savage. Tartaglione took the opportunity to gloat and called her reelection a dismissal of Johnny Doc’s influence.

WHISPERING in her ear, Councilwoman Blondell Reynolds Brown consoles her colleague Maria Quiñones Sánchez, whose team won one State Rep race but lost four others, as well as a State Senate race by Sánchez' husband Tomás Sánchez.

WHISPERING in her ear, Councilwoman Blondell Reynolds Brown consoles her colleague Maria Quiñones Sánchez, whose team won one State Rep race but lost four others, as well as a State Senate race by Sánchez’ husband Tomás Sánchez.

This is an interesting twist on union politics in Philadelphia. There already exists a major conflict between the unions at the Convention Center. Now there appears to be a split on which candidates unions are supporting.

But there is an ancient proverb that says it’s never a good idea to gloat in victory. Most leaders recognize that politics is a game of building relationships and making friends.

A VIP reception at the Wells Fargo Bank and Museum on Broad Street attracted several top dogs. The reception was in support of the Mazzoni Center which provides health-care services to the LGBT community. Among those on hand for this event were DISTRICT ATTORNEY SETH WILLIAMS, JUDGE DAN ANDERS, City COUNCILMAN MARK SQUILLA and STATE SEN. LARRY FARNESE. One of the key supporters of the event was MICHAEL WEISS, who is the owner of the highly regarded bars Woody’s and Voyeur.

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