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.