Saturday, May 30, 2015

"99 percent" candidate exits 7th District race

Long shot candidate Owen Powell drops out of the 7th Congressional District race. Apparently, he was big at Wawa ... and the Maldives.

"99 percent" candidate exits 7th District race

O for Congress ... no more
O for Congress ... no more

My email inbox informs me that "pro-democracy activist" Owen Powell, one of two third party candidates in this year's 7th Congressional District race, has bowed out because he didn't have the resources to be competitive in November. Read: You can't get elected to Congress without a couple million bucks to throw around.

Powell, the self-described "candidate for the rest of us" who was campaigning on a cut-military-spending platform (good luck with that), said he was well received in "hair salons, lumber yards, paint stores, Wawas and pizza parlors" ... and even one guy from the Maldives Islands who "checked out my page every day for months."

"Whoever you are, luv ya!" Powell emailed.

Unfortunately for Powell, the Maldives Islands have not yet been devoured by the ridiculously gerrymandered 7th Congressional District, aka The Blob, which now extends from Delaware County into Chester, Montgomery, Berks and Lancaster counties, as a result of the last decennial redistricting. 

Meanwhile, Republican U.S. Rep. Pat Meehan has raised more than $2 million, several times more than his Democratic challenger, Radnor lawyer George Badey, who has had to lend his own campaign $127,500.

For a cool $2 million, I'd say Owen Powell could get back in this thing!

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