Sunday, October 4, 2015

Tom Wolf visits Philly City Council

This post has been updated with a response from the Wolf campaign:

Tom Wolf visits Philly City Council

Tom Wolf
Tom Wolf

This post has been updated with a response from the Wolf campaign:

Tom Wolf, the Democratic nominee for governor, visited City Council's caucus session Thursday morning. 

Wolf first met behind closed doors in Council President Darrell Clarke's office with almost all of the body's members. Then he addressed caucus, the unofficial meeting before regular Council sessions in which members tell the president which bills are ready for final passage.

At caucus, Council Majority Leader Curtis Jones Jr. introduced Wolf as "the most famous Jeep rider in the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania," referring to his ads from the four-way primary race he won two weeks ago.

Wolf marveled at Philadelphia City Hall's French architecture and ornate rooms. 

"I am in awe of your setting," Wolfe said. "This is an amazing place."

He said he wanted to assure Philadelphians that he has a "great appreciation" for the city even though he's from York County. 

Was that closed-door meeting a violation of the state Sunshine Act, which prohibits a quorum of members of a public body from conducting business in private? No, Clarke said, the discussion was not about official city business. 

"He was basically saying, 'Hi,'" said Clarke. 

Wolf said that, in the private meeting, he said, "I really hope I can get your their support" in his race against Gov. Corbett. He said they were supportive. 

So it wasn't a Sunshine Act violation. It was politicking in a public building. 

UPDATE: Mark Nicastre, a spokesman for the Wolf campaign, recorded the conversation and said that the quote was taken out of context. For clarity, here is the full question and answer:

Reporter: “What did you discuss with the Council members in that meeting?”

Wolf: “Just that I really hope I can get their support and that we can work together and make Pennsylvania the great state it can be.”

In an email, Nicastre wrote:

"It was an introductory, bipartisan meeting, where Tom was introduced to some of the members of the council. They talked broadly about the key issues facing Pennsylvania and what needs to be done to make Pennsylvania the great state it can be"

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