POLS ON THE STREET: McGinty Is Good Choice For Tom Wolf’s Chief Of Staff

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BY JOE SHAHEELI/ One thing everyone notices about Katie McGinty, just named Chief of Staff by Gov.-Elect Tom Wolf, is her smile. It is contagious.

KATIE McGINTY

KATIE McGINTY

We wish her well in her new post, because we see it as a sign Gov. Wolf will be using her as a shield from the Democratic Party leaders around the state clamoring for what jobs and appointments will now be available as a result of Wolf’s victory.

We believe she will handle it well. Wolf said, “Katie McGinty has broad experience in state and federal government and in the private sector. She will be an asset to my administration and to the people of Pennsylvania. In federal and state government, Katie worked with diverse interests to achieve meaningful change in difficult environments. Her experience will help me work with Republicans and Democrats to move Pennsylvania forward.”

McGinty – a former Clinton White House adviser and a former Pennsylvania Dept. of Environmental Protection secretary (during Gov. Ed Rendell’s administration) – placed last in the Democratic gubernatorial primary, but she didn’t pick any fights with Wolf during the runup to the primary election.

Wolf tapped her to be chairwoman of the state Democratic Party. Because of opposition, Wolf created the Campaign for a Fresh Start, transferred to it – basically – his electoral operations (and money) from the State Party and put McGinty in charge of that.

PHILA. judges met with an auditorium full of students to discuss their career path and offer advice from their life experiences. Mentoring was championed by Judge Sierra Street during her election campaign. First event took place in King HS chaired by Judge Lydia Kirkland. Seen are Carana Bennett, coordinator; Judges Jonathan Irvine; Lydia Kirkland; Lisette Shirdan-Harris; Judge Lori Dumas; Councilwoman Marian Tasco; and Judges Sierra Street; Paula Patrick. Welcoming them is William Wade, principal, at right. Photo by Joe Stivala

PHILA. judges met with an auditorium full of students to discuss their career path and offer advice from their life experiences. Mentoring was championed by Judge Sierra Street during her election campaign. First event took place in King HS chaired by Judge Lydia Kirkland. Seen are Carana Bennett, coordinator; Judges Jonathan Irvine; Lydia Kirkland; Lisette Shirdan-Harris; Judge Lori Dumas; Councilwoman Marian Tasco; and Judges Sierra Street; Paula Patrick. Welcoming them is William Wade, principal, at right. Photo by Joe Stivala

Wolf will need the wisdom of Solomon to get his agenda considered by the General Assembly starting inauguration day Jan. 20. Democrats lost seats in both the State House and State Senate. The General Assembly for the next two years will see a 119-84 GOP House majority and a 30-20 GOP Senate majority.

Look for Philadelphia’s lone Republican Wolf in the House, City Republican Chair State Rep. John Taylor (R-Northeast) to become a very-busy advocate for this city’s needs.

CITY ELECTIONS NOW FRONT AND CENTER

Dean Weitzman and Robert Nix have given Ken Trujillo’s campaign for the Democratic nomination for this city’s Mayor a major sendoff with a reception they are hosting on Dec. 8, 6:00-7:30pm, at Silvers, Langsam & Weitzman, 1500 JFK Boulevard, Suite 1410. For details as to what’s expected in contributions, those planning to attend should contact Jane Slusser at (215) 563-6700.

Much earlier, first out for Mayor, Terry Gillen, resigned her post with the Mayor Nutter administration, biting the financial bullet. She also held a major fundraiser of her own a couple weeks ago and has been hustling support on social media.

AT INITIATIVE of State Rep. Angel Cruz, a portion of Whitaker Avenue at Erie Avenue was dedicated as Borinqueneers Avenue last Friday to honor Puerto Rican military regiment formed in 1899 and which fought in all major wars until deactivation in 1956. Flanking Latino community Ward Leaders State Rep. Angel Cruz and Carlos Matos are City Council’s Commissioner of Veterans Advisory Commission José M. Meléndez and Lt. Gov. Elect Michael Stack aide Juvencio Gonzales.

AT INITIATIVE of State Rep. Angel Cruz, a portion of Whitaker Avenue at Erie Avenue was dedicated as Borinqueneers Avenue last Friday to honor Puerto Rican military regiment formed in 1899 and which fought in all major wars until deactivation in 1956. Flanking Latino community Ward Leaders State Rep. Angel Cruz and Carlos Matos are City Council’s Commissioner of Veterans Advisory Commission José M. Meléndez and Lt. Gov. Elect Michael Stack aide Juvencio Gonzales.

A non-fundraising event is scheduled for Nov. 21 is being hosted by Marty Samschick for Lynne Abraham at Famous Deli, 4th & Bainbridge Street, 8:30-10:30 a.m. For info (215) 459-4447. She definitely is in the race and will be guided by her long-time friend and campaign ally Eleanor Dezzi.

Then look for all hell to break loose when long-time City Controller Alan Butkovitz, who has been preparing for this mayoral run since he was first elected to his State House seat in Northeast eons ago, resigns to run for the city’s top great deal of time acquainting voting blocs outside his district with who he is and what can be expected of him should he commit to the race for Mayor.office. Reports indicate he will have heavy political and labor and financial support.

That announcement will be preceded or followed by a few days with one from State Sen. Anthony Hardy Williams, who has spent a great deal of time acquainting voting blocs outside his district with who he is and what can be expected of him should he commit to the race for Mayor.

MOMENTS after his robing ceremony, popular Judge Vincent Melchiorre is congratulated by State Rep.-Elect Michael Driscoll; Congressman Robert Brady; and Michael McAllister, retired Philly Credit Union CEO. Photo by Joe Stivala

MOMENTS after his robing ceremony, popular Judge Vincent Melchiorre is congratulated by State Rep.-Elect Michael Driscoll; Congressman Robert Brady; and Michael McAllister, retired Philly Credit Union CEO. Photo by Joe Stivala

Looking at the possibility of entering the race are several others, topped by Council President Darrell Clarke, who would indeed be a formidable contender.

Look for at least six well-known names to commit to challenging the incumbent City Commissioners on the Democratic side, with at least three contenders indicating interest on the Republican side. Names we’ve heard for the Dems are Ward Leader Carol Jenkins, Lisa Deeley, Omar Sabir and Marnie Aument-Loughery to date. The Republican agenda is still to be fleshed out.

City Council District Members are rated safe for incumbents. But always looking vulnerable are the five at-large Democrat and two at-large Republican seats.

So with a May 19 primary date, we should be hearing from a list of challengers. George Matysik this week sent an email simply stating, “I’m in!” he’s director of government affairs and public policy for Philabundance, and recently was elected President of this country’s preeminent senior hunger-relief organization — which oversees advocacy and programming for the $202 million national Commodity Supplemental Food Program. He’s Olney-born and lower Northeast-bred. His political life began as an advisor to then-Congressman Joe Sestak.

Sherrie Cohen is a veteran campaigner for Council at large and has big signs with her intention to again be in the mix. Her brother is State Rep. Mark Cohen (D-Northeast). Her dad was late Councilman David Cohen.

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