Northeast Times

Here comes the judge, challenging Brady

Former Mu­ni­cip­al Court Judge Jim­mie Moore has an­nounced that he will chal­lenge U.S. Rep. Bob Brady in the 1st Con­gres­sion­al Dis­trict primary.

Moore, a Demo­crat, made the an­nounce­ment on the 1900 block of Mar­garet St. in Frank­ford, across from a food pantry.

The dis­trict is ranked as the second-most im­pov­er­ished in the coun­try.

Moore’s cam­paign will fo­cus on cre­at­ing jobs, bal­an­cing the budget and elim­in­at­ing hun­ger.

“I be­lieve that I pos­sess the lead­er­ship, vis­ion, in­tel­li­gence and skills to bring eco­nom­ic em­power­ment, cor­por­ate part­ner­ships, com­munity pro­grams and em­ploy­ment op­por­tun­it­ies to all the areas of the First Con­gres­sion­al Dis­trict,” he said.

The dis­trict stretches from Delaware County through South and South­w­est Phil­adelphia, in­to the river wards and in­cludes the neigh­bor­hoods of Frank­ford and Castor Gar­dens. It will change once the state le­gis­lature in­tro­duces a re­dis­trict­ing bill, likely early next month.

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Demo­crats in the 8th Con­gres­sion­al Dis­trict might have to go back to the draw­ing board.

Doylestown Town­ship Su­per­visor Cyn­thia Philo re­cently at­ten­ded a Demo­crat­ic Con­gres­sion­al Cam­paign Com­mit­tee train­ing ses­sion in Wash­ing­ton, D.C. She is eye­ing a run next year against Re­pub­lic­an Rep. Mike Fitzpatrick.

Philo and run­ning mate Mardi Har­ris­on squared off in the Nov. 8 gen­er­al elec­tion against Re­pub­lic­ans Shawn Touhill and Ry­an Man­ion, who eas­ily de­feated the Demo­crat­ic duo. Philo, former pres­id­ent of the Old City Dis­trict, fin­ished last.

Fitzpatrick served in Con­gress from 2005-06 be­fore los­ing to Demo­crat Patrick Murphy. Murphy won re-elec­tion in 2008 over Re­pub­lic­an chal­lenger Tom Man­ion — Ry­an Man­ion’s fath­er — be­fore los­ing last year to Fitzpatrick.

In 2012, Murphy will seek the Demo­crat­ic nom­in­a­tion for state at­tor­ney gen­er­al.

The 8th dis­trict in­cludes all of Bucks County, a small por­tion of east­ern Mont­gomery County and the Far North­east. Its bound­ar­ies will change for next year’s elec­tions once the state Sen­ate and House of Rep­res­ent­at­ives pass a re­dis­trict­ing bill that is signed by the gov­ernor.

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Murphy held a news con­fer­ence last week to call for re­forms in the wake of the child-ab­use charges against Jerry San­dusky, the former de­fens­ive co­ordin­at­or for Penn State’s foot­ball team.

The can­did­ate wants to cre­ate an in­tel­li­gence data­base for sex crimes against chil­dren and ex­pand Child Ad­vocacy Cen­ters across Pennsylvania. Right now, there are 13 cen­ters.

In ad­di­tion, he wants the state le­gis­lature to pass a meas­ure re­quir­ing any­one who wit­nesses a sex crime in­volving a child to re­port what they saw im­me­di­ately to law en­force­ment, not just their work su­per­visor.

Also, he is ur­ging the House Ju­di­ciary Com­mit­tee to pass a bill re­peal­ing the stat­ute of lim­it­a­tions for pro­sec­u­tion of sex crimes against kids.

For now, he be­lieves, the fo­cus should be on the vic­tims and their fam­il­ies.

“These vic­tims de­serve justice for the crimes com­mit­ted against them. We can’t rest un­til San­dusky is pro­sec­uted to the fullest ex­tent of the law,” he said. ••

Re­port­er Tom War­ing can be reached at 215-354-3034 or twar­ing@bsmphilly.com

You can reach at twaring@bsmphilly.com.

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