Gubernatorial frontrunner TOM WOLF has now been making the rounds of the Philadelphia wards. He recently attended the 21st Ward, which is headed by highly regarded LOU AGRE. Wolf gave a decent speech, but went on substantially longer than most committee people like. Essentially he elaborates on his business background and emphasizes the points made in his commercial. Nonetheless, Wolf comes across as a likable geek. Also in attendance were STATE REP. PAM DeLISSIO and STATE REP. and candidate for Councilman at Large ED NEILSON.
COUNCILMAN CURTIS JONES, JR. introduced Wolf. Jonesâ€™ theme is he wants his granddaughter to be able to get a good public education in Pennsylvania, and he knows Tom Wolf cares about his granddaughter and all children in Pennsylvania.
ALLYSON SCHWARTZ and ROB McCORD continue to attack Wolf for questionable financial loans to pay for his campaign. But nothing seems to be sticking currently.
Schwartz recently campaigned in Northeast Philadelphia with COUNCILMAN BOBBY HENON. So it is clear she’s counting on her home base to deliver her a statewide victory.
STATE SEN. TINA TARTAGLIONE was under stern attack from one of her opponents, former COUNCILMAN DAN SAVAGE. Several mailers referred to large amounts of patronage that the Tartaglione family has received through the years. It remains to be seen if this kind of attack will be enough to unseat the multi-term incumbent.
The Teamsters Union held its state convention at the Hershey Hotel recently. Among the attendees were INTERNATIONAL PRESIDENT JIMMY HOFFA, JR. and the Pennsylvania Teamster PRESIDENT BILL HAMILTON. Also on hand was Local 830 PRESIDENT DAN GRACE. Among the elected officials in attendance were STATE REPS. BILL KELLER, JOHN SABATINA, JR., PAUL COSTA, TONY DeLUCA and Ed Neilson.
The Teamsters are staunch supporters of Rob McCord for Governor and recentlyÂ endorsed STATE SEN. MIKE STACK for Lieutenant Governor. In fact, a large billboard in Northeast Philadelphia outside the Teamsters office has the names of McCord and Stack boldly on display.
STATE REP. BRENDAN BOYLE has a very good shot at winning the 13th Congressional seat. His recent cable commercials and direct mailings brag he is the only congressional candidate who is not a millionaire. Boyle is trying to connect to the many middle-class voters that comprise the 13th Congressional Dist. One of his competitors is Montgomery Co. STATE SEN. DAYLIN LEACH, who brags he was brought up in foster homes in Northeast Philadelphia. So far the other candidates, VALERIE ARKOOSH and MARJORIE MARGOLIES still admit to being wealthy.