State Sen. Daylin Leach, a.k.a. “The Kid from Montco,” has a thing for Rocky references.
He’s hosting a big fundraiser Wednesday night for his campaign for the Democratic nomination in the 13th congressional district, and all the contribution levels are named for Rocky opponents. There’s the Apollo Creed Level, at $2,600 a ticket; the Ivan Drago Level, which will cost you $1,000; the Clubber Lang level at $500 a ticket; and then the Tommy Gunn Level, $250.
Leach’s fundraising reception is scheduled for 5 p.m. at the Hotel Palomar, 117 S. 17th St. Maybe the event will be funnier than the average political fundraiser – Leach has worked as a stand-up comic.
Rocky, of course, is a fairly common reference point for Philadelphia-area politicians, but the classic celluloid underdog is especially on message for Leach. He is portraying himself as a liberal “fighter,” noting the hard times he faced growing up in Northeast Philadelphia, the part of the district most associated with the working class.
PA 13 figures to be open next year because incumbent U.S. Rep. Allyson Schwartz (D) is running for governor and will not seek reelection to the House.
Marjorie Margolies, who represented the district from 1993 to 1995 is running, as are Valerie Arkoosh, a physician and Democratic activist, and state Rep. Brendan Boyle of Northeast Philadelphia.
On Monday, a union representing 5,000 nurses in the state endorsed Leach in the race. Patricia Eakin, PASNAP President. “We know that once elected, Daylin will work in Washington to ensure safe hospital staffing levels, and we know he will always stand with us as we fight to organize and provide high quality health care to our patients,” said Patricia Eakin, president of the Pennsylvania Association of Staff Nurses and Allied Professionals.
In other developments, the Boilermaker’s Local 13 has endorsed state Boyle for the seat, adding to the list of organized labor backing the Northeast Philadelphia resident.
Boyle “has been fighting for Philadelphia families since being elected to the legislature,” Martin Williams, vice president of Local 13, said in an endorsement statement Tuesday.
“Growing up in a household of two union parents I know all too well the struggles of working families,” Boyle said in a statement. “While the Dow Jones continues to soar and the rich are getting richer, working families continue to be under attack.”
He has received endorsements from 15 other local unions.