A Progressive Primary

It was a pretty progressive primary election in Pennsylvania yesterday.  Bill Peduto finally will become Mayor of Pittsburgh on his third run at the office.  Eric Papenfuse, owner of the very progressive Midtown Scholar Bookstore in Harrisburg will become that troubled city’s next Mayor (these are heavily Democratic cities in which the primary is, essentially, the election) replacing the controversial and polarizing Linda Thompson.  

Jack McVay showed once again how worthless the Pennsylvania Democratic Party’s endorsement is as he beat Joe Waters.  Bob Brady once again failed to turn out the vote in Philadelphia.  His “vaunted” and corrupt machine only seems to work in presidential election years and is toothless in all others.

My friend Liz Randol lost in the Scranton’s Mayoral race and Bethlehem Mayor John Callahan will be the Democratic nominee for Northampton County Executive.  Allentown Mayor Ed Pawlowski is unopposed for re-election by either Party this year.

How did your local elections play out?

Primary Endorsements

Tomorrow is primary election day and most races are for local and county offices.  

In the primary for Superior Court Judge I endorse Jack McVay.  At the last Democratic State Committee meeting Judge Joe Waters smeared his then primary opponent directly to my face.  Guilt by association can work two ways, something a Philadelphia Judge a week after nine Philly Traffic Court Judges were indicted for corruption should have been more considerate of.  Just because some of 600 attorneys at a large law firm represented clients against organized labor did not mean his opponent, managed by a state AFL-CIO leader, was anti-labor.  Using guilt by association would have been bad enough coming from his campaign staff but coming directly from the Judge told me some very negative things about Judge Waters’ character.  Please do not vote for him.

In the Pittsburgh Mayoral race I endorse progressive Bill Peduto.  I’ve always like Jack Wagner but I could never vote for someone who is anti-choice.

In the hotly contested Philadelphia City Controller’s contest progressive reform candidate Brett Mandel.  The corrupt Philly political machine led by Bob Brady needs to be squelched.

In the Northampton County Executive race I support Lamont McClure who was a steadfast supporter of Democratic Talk Radio when we were on the air in Bethlehem.  Mayor John Callahan wouldn’t even appear on our show even though we broadcasted just a block from his office.

In Berks County I endorse M. Theresa Johnson for Common Pleas Court Judge.  No other candidate meets my criteria for support.