Rep. Bob Brady and Seth WilliamsThere 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.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.
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