Dee Adcock, a 62 year-old businessman who owns and operates a swimming pool equipment distribution company, told me this afternoon he is running for Pennsylvania’s 13th Congressional seat “to restore the American dream for working men and women for the district and the country. The only way we can do that is to get the economy going.”
As the nominee of the Republican Party in 2010, Adcock received 91,987 votes against the winning incumbent Democratic Congresswoman Allyson Schwartz, which earned him a respectable 43.7% of the total vote – an amazingly high percentage that is virtually unheard of for any Republican running for a Congressional seat that has a part of Philadelphia in it.
The Congressional seat is open, as Schwartz has said she is not running for reelection, as she is an announced candidate for governor.
Just two weeks into the new year, many pundits are already calling Tom Corbett the most unpopular governor up for reelection. Sensing weakness, Democrats – and even one Republican -- having been lining up to challenge him.
In addition, all 18 seats in Pennsylvania’s United States congressional delegation are up for grabs, as well as all 203 slots in Pennsylvania’s House of Representatives. Half of the State Senate seats (the even-numbered districts) are also on this year’s ballot.
Tens of millions of dollars will be spent in Pennsylvania on those elections alone with glitzy TV and radio ads. And the nation’s eyes will be on us.
Good news for Eagles fans.
But, as they say in the late-night infomercials, “act fast before it’s gone!”
If you go to this Ticketmaster link, you may still be able to purchase individual seats - without any special codes or premiums - to this weekend’s Eagles-Saints playoff game at the Linc.
Matthew Wolfe, the 27th Ward GOP leader since 1979, has formed a campaign committee to run for City Council At-Large in 2014.
That’s not a typo.
But wait. There’s no City Council election scheduled for 2014.
Remember Brandon Burwell – the former Center City Wawa associate who lost his job shortly after decking a would-be robber? Well, many of you opened your wallets, your season ticket coffers, and your hearts to help out this brave young man.
Well, today, his dream came true. Thanks to the Philadelphia Flyers, Burwell and his father, Kim Burwell, met the team during practice today, and he shared a few moments with his favorite player, winger Wayne Simmonds.
“We know how big of a fan he [Burwell] is, and we wanted to help lift his spirits a little bit,” said Ike Richman, vice president of public relations at Comcast-Spectacor. In a telephone interview with me today, Richman added, “Maybe this can give him a little hope and inspiration and pick up his spirits during this holiday season. Kids have to aspire and try to live their dream. If he becomes a role model and inspires others, that is great.”
Kim Burwell, who took the photo of his son and Simmonds, was grateful for the outpouring of kindness and love shown by others for Brandon. "I am very, very happy for what has been done, and I appreciate what you have done for him. A smile was on his face, and he really feels good. I couldn't be more thankful."
“What am I, chopped liver?”
Ever wonder where that expression came from?
There are two competing theories. One says that chopped liver is sometimes not as appreciated as much as other foods, and is often thrown out in favor of a food that is more desirable. The other one says that chopped liver is often considered a side dish and not a main course.
Both theories drive home the same point: That we feel hurt and amazed when we feel we’ve been overlooked and treated like a side dish.
During this joyous time of year, there’s nothing that’s more of a tearjerker than Frank Capra’s 1946 Christmas fantasy drama film, It’s a Wonderful Life.
In that classic sentimental story, George Bailey (played by Jimmy Stewart) learns the hard way about all the lives he has touched. “Each man's life touches so many other lives,” his friend Clarence tells him, later stating, “Remember no man is a failure who has friends.”
Well, just like George Bailey, former Wawa employee Brandon Burwell has touched so many people’s lives – both friends as well as complete strangers.
Meet Brandon Burwell. He is Philadelphia's new superhero.
And now, he is also a former Wawa clerk.
Yet, despite a Fox29 report that broke immediately before Thanksgiving, many Philadelphians still don’t know who he is. More importantly, they don’t know why they should know him.