Monday, April 27, 2015

AFSCME Union Head Rallies Voters...By Slamming Ryan Howard

Gerry McEntee, national president of the American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees and a Philadelphia native, chose an unusual way this afternoon to stir the political passions of his union's members and retirees -- slam Philadelphia Phillies first baseman Ryan Howard.

AFSCME Union Head Rallies Voters...By Slamming Ryan Howard

Gerry McEntee, national president of the American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees and a Philadelphia native, chose an unusual way this afternoon to stir the political passions of his union's members and retirees -- slam Philadelphia Phillies first baseman Ryan Howard. 

McEntee, speaking at a luncheon for union retirees at AFSCME District Council 33's headquarters, lamented Howard's decision to look at strike three in the last out of the National League Championship Series Saturday against the San Francisco Giants. Howard thought the ball was low.

McEntee, speaking to more than 200 union members in advance of the Democratic candidates for the U.S. Senate and governor, said he was happy to be visiting his home town. 

"You know what would have made me even happier?," McEntee asked. "If Ryan Howard had swung at that pitch. He struck out four times and made one big error. And we just signed him to a $25 million contract. C’mon Ryan."

DC 33 President Pete Matthews, sitting next to McEntee's podium, rallied to Howard's defense, saying "He'll be alright."  McEntee didn't seem reassured, replying, "He'll be alright, bull****."

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William Bender, a Drexel graduate who landed at the Daily News in 2007, has covered everything from South Philly mobsters to doomsday hucksters. He occasionally writes about local food trucks and always eats everything on his plate, whether it be a bloody rib eye or a corrupt politician. E-mail tips to benderw@phillynews.com
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David Gambacorta, has been a reporter with the Daily News since 2005, covering crime, police corruption and all of the other bizarre things that happen in Philadelphia. Now he’s covering the 2015 mayor’s race, because he enjoys a good circus just as much as the next guy. He’s always looking to get a cup of coffee. Send news tips and other musings on life to gambacd@phillynews.com
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