In one of most pre-publicized political stunts of 2015, Republican City Council at-large candidate Matt Wolfe stood in front of the closed doors of the Center City Philadelphia Gas Works office and told a crowd of about 50 supporters yesterday that he was running for office because of “City Council’s killing the deal to sell PGW.”
Cute. Nice gimmick. Setting up and announcing in front of PGW, a group he wanted to bash.
I get it.
Why don’t more Philadelphians run for public office?
That’s a question a lot of people are asking right now – particularly with respect to the mayor’s race – where the candidates pool in the Democratic primary is shrinking by the week, and the outnumbered Republican machinery is still scrambling to find a candidate.
Just a couple of months ago, it was highly expected that City Council President Darrell Clarke, City Controller Alan Butkovitz, former City Solicitor Ken Trujillo and former Philadelphia Redevelopment Authority director Terry Gillen would be facing off against each other.
In an exclusive interview, U-Turn has learned that Allan Domb – “the Center Center condo king” - is being courted by high-powered real estate developers and businessmen to run for mayor.
Domb denies he is considering a run. But in a wide-ranging discussion with U-Turn, he sounded like a candidate with a full platform and talking points.
“I have been asked by many to consider running for Mayor, but at this time I am not a candidate,” he said. “I love Philadelphia and will always put the interests of our city first.”
Just in time for Hanukkah, U-Turn reader Frank DeFazio posted the following entry on his Facebook page yesterday:
“Remember the Walgreens Swastika Hanukkah wrapping paper from last week that made headlines and was eventually pulled from shelves? Looks like our very own Macy's in Center City has a problem they might want to address.”
The incident DeFazio is referring to occurred last week when a customer complained about a blue and silver gift wrap featured in a Hanukkah display in the window of a Walgreen’s store located in Northridge, California. The customer claimed that the disputed wrap, manufactured by Hallmark Cards Inc., contained a swastika embedded in its design.
Melissa Murray Bailey, a 35-year-old executive who serves as president of the Americas team of the Swedish-based employer-branding company Universum, says she is exploring the Republican nomination for mayor of Philadelphia because she believes she “can bring something new to the city that’s going to allow people to flourish here for many years to come.”
A South Jersey native who has been residing in Society Hill for the past three years, Bailey, who is married with one child, has been running businesses for the past 10 years across North America, Asia and Australia.
In an exclusive interview with U-Turn, Bailey cited her business experience as a primary asset should she toss her hat in the ring. (The interview can be viewed here.)
You don’t have to leave Philadelphia to see the real message and spirit behind Thanksgiving. U-Turn reader Jeff Morrison forwarded me a photo he took of a sign he saw today in front of Cibo Restaurant at 1227 Walnut Street in Center City.
The sign read: “Thanksgiving is a day to share with your neighbor. Cibo invites those less fortunate or without family to share in a traditional complimentary Thanksgiving meal. Dinner will be served from 1PM to 5PM. We look forward to seeing you!”
Morrison, who lives in the Loft District of the Callowhill neighborhood, felt inspired to let U-Turn know about Cibo’s generous offer. “Made me feel humbled that the restaurant opened its doors for total strangers to enjoy a holiday dinner regardless of their current situation, whether they don't have family or are struggling right now,” Morrison messaged me.
Much ado has been said about the Working Families Party (WFP) – a party whose political platform is so far to the left that it makes Democrats look like fiscally conservative Republicans.
Don’t believe me?
Among the accomplishments stated on their Website, the WFP gloats that it “raised taxes on the rich.” The party believes “The wealthy few are making money by doing harm to working families.”
I hate unions.
In particular, I hate the teachers’ union – probably more than any other union.
Having just received notice this past Friday from my health-care provider that my coverage is being canceled due to the Affordable Care Act, I have little sympathy for Philly public school teachers – all of whom don’t pay a penny toward their monthly insurance premiums.