ELEPHANT CORNER: City GOP Presses Hard For Its Candidates

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Volare! Tuesday night BOBBY RYDELL was the headliner at a fundraiser for City Council-At-Large candidate AL TAUBENBERGER. Rydell sang (of course) “Volare” to the wild applause of the crowd. Republican WARD LEADER GARY GRISAFI’S Blu Dogz band accompanied Rydell and played many of its own pieces.

AL TAUBENBERGER, left, pulled out all musical stops in his campaign for City Council at Large with fundraiser at FOP Lodge featuring legendary Bobby Rydell. Here they are joined by GOP party gal Annie Havey. Photo by Bill Myers

AL TAUBENBERGER, left, pulled out all musical stops in his campaign for City Council at Large with fundraiser at FOP Lodge featuring legendary Bobby Rydell. Here they are joined by GOP party gal Annie Havey. Photo by Bill Myers

 

The event was held at the FOP Lodge 5’s banquet facilities in the Far Northeast and therefore had a mostly Northeast crowd including WARD LEADERS TOM MATKOWSKI and MARK WULLER, as well as Republican activist BRIAN McCANN. Rydell helped attract West Philadelphia WARD LEADER MATT WOLFE to venture out of his stomping grounds. Taubenberger, in addition to the endorsement of the FOP, has garnered supports of numerous unions including the Firefighters’ Local 22, as well as numerous trade unions.

 

TERRY TRACY, who had also been endorsed by Lodge 5, had a fundraiser on Monday night at the Regatta Room on S. 25th Street. Local ward leaders including BARBARA COXE, DENISE FUREY and Wolfe were there as well as RCC ASSISTANT GENERAL COUNSEL LINDA KERNS. COMMITTEEMAN JIM PIO came down from Northeast Philadelphia to support Tracy. Pio is running for State Representative (Dist. 172) in 2016. KEVIN BOYLE is the Democratic incumbent in that seat. It is rumored Boyle plans to run for both his State Representative seat and against STATE SEN. JOHN SABATINA. Sabatina won a special election for the senate seat this year that was vacated by LT. GOV. MIKE STACK. In that election there was no primary for Sabatina. He was selected by the other Democratic ward leaders.

 

Today is the day ATTORNEY GENERAL KATHLEEN KANE’S suspension from the Bar starts. The suspension of her law license by the Pennsylvania Supreme Court is temporary until the felony charges against her are litigated.

 

She continues to be an embarrassment to the Democrats with the latest twist and turn on Porngate. Last year’s Supreme Court investigation, led by former Commonwealth Court JUDGE ROBERT BYER, revealed JUSTICE SEAMUS McCAFFERY, received and sent over 200 pornographic emails to AG staffers and others. Subsequently McCaffery retired.

 

At the time, the investigation revealed Supreme Court JUSTICE MICHAEL EAKINS only received one pornographic email. Kane recently claimed there were more Eakins emails and that these were turned over to Byer.

 

Byer is a well-respected attorney with a reputation of integrity and competence. While he was elected to the Commonwealth Court as a Republican, he is now an independent. Allegations that Byer was part of a coverup for Eakins sound like another attempt to detract attention from her errors. Eakins has apologized for the emails and is under review by the Court for his behavior.

 

Last Friday, Republican City Committee CHAIR and STATE REP. JOHN TAYLOR hosted a fundraiser for MELISSA MURRAY BAILEY at RCC headquarters in Mayfair. The event was very well attended. Murray Bailey thanked the crowd for its support in her campaign.

REPUBLICAN City Committee hosted large fundraiser for mayoral campaign of Melissa Murray Bailey at Cottman Avenue HQ. Standing tall were, from left, Camille McColgan, Register of Wills candidate Ross Feinberg, Jack Morley, Murray Bailey, Ward Leader Kevin Pasquay, Exec. Dir. Joe DeFelice, RCC Chair State Rep. John Taylor and councilmanic candidate Terry Tracy. Photo by Bill Myers

REPUBLICAN City Committee hosted large fundraiser for mayoral campaign of Melissa Murray Bailey at Cottman Avenue HQ. Standing tall were, from left, Camille McColgan, Register of Wills candidate Ross Feinberg, Jack Morley, Murray Bailey, Ward Leader Kevin Pasquay, Exec. Dir. Joe DeFelice, RCC Chair State Rep. John Taylor and councilmanic candidate Terry Tracy. Photo by Bill Myers

 

On Monday, Murray Bailey participated in this year’s third mayoral debate in the historic Baptist church at Temple University. The debate moderator, to her credit, tried not to allow Democratic candidate JIM KENNEY play dodgeball. Previously Kenney had said he would give the details after his election of his plans to develop port facilities (and jobs) as part of his plan to make Philadelphia an energy hub. Republican candidate Murray Bailey observed Kenney’s plan to attract more large ships to Philadelphia ports is problematic as the Delaware Memorial Bridge is too low to allow the tankers and other ships Kenney would like to see upriver.

 

Kenney stated he wanted to encourage companies like Comcast to move headquarters and major operations to the city. Murray Bailey aptly pointed out that in order to encourage these companies to move to the city, we would need to restructure our job-killing tax structure and rid ourselves of superfluous regulations. These burdensome regulations serve to create government jobs while dampening private-sector employment.

 

Today, Friday, Oct. 23, the next mayoral debate will be televised on ABC Channel 6. The television station welcomes questions from the public for the candidates.

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