Friday, July 08, 2005

Rep. Bob Brady and Seth Williams

There were two interesting items in this morning's Philadelphia Inquirer. Both are part of the weekly political roundup done by the staff reporters. The first is a rumor that US Rep. Bob Brady is considering a run for Mayor of Philadelphia. Brady is the chair of the Democratic City Committee and widely thought to be one of the most powerful politicians in Philadelphia.

Interestingly enough, he also the only white congressman in the entire country who represents a district that is mostly people of color. While this might seem like a meaningless statistic, I think it is actually pretty significant. A hallmark of Brady's style has been building diverse political coalitions and working with lot's of different people. If he did decide to run for mayor, it would be an earthquake on the already crowded landscape.

The second blurb is about Seth Williams and his upcoming fundraiser.
Seth Williams defied the Democratic establishment when he challenged District Attorney Lynne M. Abraham in the May primary, but there are no hard feelings.

The host committee for a fund-raiser aimed at retiring Williams' $35,000 campaign debt includes Mayor Street, party chairman and U.S. Rep. Bob Brady, U.S. Rep Chaka Fattah, five members of City Council, and the leaders of 17 wards.

Most of those on the bill publicly supported Abraham, the primary winner. "It's a testament to the campaign we ran: a clean campaign, based on the issues, with no race baiting," Williams said. "We're looking good for four years from now."

The event, with tickets at $100, $250 and $1,000, is scheduled for 6 p.m. July 28 at Finnigan's Wake, the political watering hole in Northern Liberties
What exactly does this mean? I actually think the article lays it out quite well. Williams ran a good campaign and is being rewarded for it. He is a legitimate guy who has a bright political future.


At 10:40 AM, Blogger ACM said...

I sure wondered what it meant -- do you really need those kinds of rainmakers to put some debt to sleep (I guess it is quite a bit), or is it a belated sign of willingness to consider him the next time around?

perhaps meaningless this far ahead, but made me wonder...

At 10:44 PM, Blogger Bill Fitzpatrick said...

i am a hardcore Conzervative but for some reason i liked Williams, Maybe it was more hatred of Abraham, But if Brady wantes to be mayor it is his, he runs the City in the backroom better then anyone, he may be no Daley but he is the most powerful County Chair in PA atleast on the democratic end, maybe Fawkes in Bucks but he is no Congressman

At 10:04 PM, Blogger Rep. Mark B. Cohen said...

Bob Brady is the only white guy in the U.S. to represent a district with many more blacks than whites, but many white Democrats represent districts that have non-white majorities (blacks, Asians, and Hispanics). Of districts 65% white and under, Democrats have the majority of the seats by a large margin. Of districts over 65% white, Republicans have the majority of the seats by a large margin.


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