Friday, December 19, 2014

Mummers advocate to run for 7th Congressional Seat

Democrats in the suburbs seem to have found a candidate for the U.S. House who will never have a problem getting Mummers to show up for campaign events. We hear George Badey III, an attorney and Fralinger String Band member who led SavetheMummers.com when city budget cut-backs threatened the New Year's Day parade, is circulating nominating petitions to run in the Democratic primary election for the 7th Congressional District in Delaware, Montgomery, Berks and Lancaster counties.

Mummers advocate to run for 7th Congressional Seat

George Badey (right) with Save the Mummers with Mayor Michael Nutter (left) and U.S. Rep. Bob Brady, announcing that the city and Mummers had reached a deal for the annual New Year´s Day parade. (Tom Gralish / Staff Photographer)
George Badey (right) with Save the Mummers with Mayor Michael Nutter (left) and U.S. Rep. Bob Brady, announcing that the city and Mummers had reached a deal for the annual New Year's Day parade. (Tom Gralish / Staff Photographer)

Democrats in the suburbs seem to have found a candidate for the U.S. House who will never have a problem getting Mummers to show up for campaign events.  We hear George Badey III, an attorney and Fralinger String Band member who led SavetheMummers.com when city budget cut-backs threatened the New Year's Day parade, is circulating nominating petitions to run in the Democratic primary election for the 7th Congressional District in Delaware, Montgomery, Berks and Lancaster counties.

If he wins, that would pit Badey in the general election against U.S. Rep. Pat Meehan, a Republican U.S. House freshman and former U.S. Attorney for the Eastern District of Pennsylvania.

Meehan's district boundaries have been the topic of Democratic derision since they were redrawn late last year, breaking up what was once a fairly compact district in Delaware and Montgomery counties into an oddly shaped behemoth that stretches north to Berks County and west to Lancaster County.  Democrats accuse the General Assembly Republicans in control of congressional redistricting of drawing the lines to help protect Meehan's chances at re-election.

David Landau, chairman of the Delaware County Democratic Party, confirmed that his party has a candidate for the 7th District but declined to say who that is.  Badey, who did not immediately respond to requests for comment today, is chairman of the Democratic Committee in Radnor Township.

UPDATE, 3:10 pm:  Badey just called to confirm that he is circulating petitions and plans to be a candidate for the 7th District seat.  He also said an official announcement is in the works.

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Chris Brennan, a native Philadelphian and graduate of Temple University, joined the Daily News in 1999. He has written about SEPTA, the Philadelphia School District, the legalization of casino gambling, state government, the mayor, the governor, City Council and political campaigns. E-mail tips to brennac@phillynews.com
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Jenny DeHuff is a 2005 graduate of the University of Rhode Island, where she cut her teeth in journalism. A South Philly transplant from New England, she joined the Daily News City Hall Bureau in 2013. For the past several years, she has worked as an investigative reporter exposing corruption in suburban politics, covering sometimes ghastly criminal court cases and following the people’s money and how its spent. In addition to being a dogged news hound, she enjoys reading and writing about travel, animals, Irish whiskey and aviation. E-mail tips to dehuffj@phillynews.com
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