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Boyle brothers endorse O’Brien for Council slot

State Reps. Brendan Boyle and Kev­in Boyle, both Demo­crats, last week en­dorsed Re­pub­lic­an Den­nis O’Bri­en for an at-large City Coun­cil seat.

The an­nounce­ment came at Poquess­ing Creek Park, Academy and Tor­rey roads.

“This is a slam-dunk de­cision,” Brendan Boyle said.

The five Demo­crat­ic at-large in­cum­bents are vir­tu­ally cer­tain to be re-elec­ted be­cause of their party’s voter-re­gis­tra­tion ad­vant­age.

The five Re­pub­lic­ans are bat­tling for the oth­er two spots. O’Bri­en, a vet­er­an state rep­res­ent­at­ive, is favored to win one of the seats.

Brendan Boyle is in his third term, and his dis­trict bor­ders O’Bri­en’s. The two law­makers and their staffs have worked to­geth­er on vari­ous is­sues.

Boyle cred­ited O’Bri­en with fight­ing for ser­vices for chil­dren with aut­ism and noted his two-year stint as House speak­er.

Kev­in Boyle, Brendan’s young­er broth­er, de­scribed all three le­gis­lat­ors as mod­er­ates who like to work in a bi­par­tis­an man­ner and share in­terests in law and or­der and sup­port for chil­dren with dis­ab­il­it­ies.

Among the sev­en at-large mem­bers, only Somer­ton’s Jack Kelly lives in the North­east. He is re­tir­ing. O’Bri­en lives in Mill­brook.

“We need a cham­pi­on for North­east Phil­adelphia,” Kev­in Boyle said. “For dec­ades, we’ve been mar­gin­al­ized in City Hall.”

The can­did­ate said he was humbled by the sup­port. He ad­ded that former May­or and Gov. Ed Rendell at­ten­ded a re­cent fund-raiser and told him that the only oth­er Re­pub­lic­an he ever en­dorsed was the late at-large Coun­cil­man Thach­er Long­streth.

O’Bri­en doesn’t have es­pe­cially close re­la­tion­ships with city and state Re­pub­lic­an lead­ers, but he be­lieves he’s been an ef­fect­ive rep­res­ent­at­ive non­ethe­less.

“I think we should all be an­om­alies,” he said.

The Boyles de­clined to say which Demo­crat they would not sup­port now that they are back­ing O’Bri­en.

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May­or Mi­chael Nut­ter has ap­poin­ted Al Tauben­ber­ger, a Re­pub­lic­an can­did­ate for an at-large City Coun­cil seat, to the Phil­adelphia Jobs Com­mis­sion.

Tauben­ber­ger has been pres­id­ent of the Great­er North­east Phil­adelphia Cham­ber of Com­merce for two dec­ades and was Nut­ter’s op­pon­ent in the 2007 may­or­al race.

The com­mis­sion was cre­ated fol­low­ing voter ap­prov­al in the May primary. It will con­sist of 17 un­paid mem­bers.

Mem­bers will ex­am­ine reg­u­lat­ory prac­tices, edu­ca­tion, land policy and oth­er is­sues that af­fect job growth. They will cre­ate a re­port de­tail­ing steps re­quired to spur job growth.

“I know what needs to be done to bring jobs back to Phil­adelphia, and I will make sure the Jobs Com­mis­sion pro­poses the best, most com­pre­hens­ive jobs cre­ation plan to City Coun­cil,” Tauben­ber­ger said.

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Dav­id Oh, a Re­pub­lic­an can­did­ate for Coun­cil at-large, will ap­pear on Sunday from 3 to 4 p.m. on Mar­vin Bar­rish’s Polit­ic­al Shootout, which can be heard on WIFI (1460 AM) and www.wifiam1460.com

Bar­rish will also dis­cuss an Oct. 22 walk at Frank­lin Mills mall to raise money for the Amer­ic­an Can­cer So­ci­ety.

The show takes place live from the Gl­end­ale Up­town Home, at 7800 Bustleton Ave. The call-in num­ber for the show is 609-447-0236 (37).

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Bill Ru­bin, the Demo­crat­ic can­did­ate in the 10th Coun­cil­man­ic Dis­trict, has out­lined a re­form agenda that calls for, among oth­er things, le­gis­la­tion that would pro­hib­it ex­ist­ing elec­ted of­fi­cials who are eli­gible for the De­ferred Re­tire­ment Op­tion Plan from par­ti­cip­at­ing in the re­tire­ment-in­cent­ive pro­gram.

Fu­ture elec­ted of­fi­cials are pro­hib­ited from join­ing DROP, but those who were eli­gible when the ban took ef­fect can en­roll.

On a re­lated note, Ru­bin pledged to op­pose any can­did­ate for Coun­cil pres­id­ent who has taken or plans to take DROP money. In oth­er words, he will not vote for Coun­cil­wo­man Mari­an Tasco, who is ex­pec­ted to battle Coun­cil­man Dar­rell Clarke for the Coun­cil pres­id­ency.

Ru­bin, who is chal­len­ging long­time Re­pub­lic­an Coun­cil­man Bri­an O’Neill, also wants to ban out­side em­ploy­ment for Coun­cil mem­bers; elim­in­ate per­son­al vehicles, fuel and main­ten­ance for Coun­cil mem­bers; shorten sum­mer breaks and elim­in­ate un­ne­ces­sary hol­i­days from Coun­cil’s le­gis­lat­ive cal­en­dar; lim­it Coun­cil mem­bers to three con­sec­ut­ive terms; and pro­hib­it or­gan­iz­a­tions and in­di­vidu­als seek­ing to in­flu­ence the de­cisions of Coun­cil from buy­ing meals and gifts for mem­bers and staff.

“These re­forms are com­mon sense,” Ru­bin said. “With sev­er­al new mem­bers on Coun­cil, we can en­act all of these re­forms and be­gin to re­store the pub­lic’s trust in our Coun­cil and our city’s gov­ern­ment.”

O’Neill has not said wheth­er he would vote for Tasco for pres­id­ent.

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Joshua West, the Re­pub­lic­an can­did­ate for sher­iff, is prom­ising to make sher­iff’s sales more ef­fi­cient, trans­par­ent and avail­able to the gen­er­al pub­lic through the use of In­ter­net bid­ding.

“There will be no se­cret­ive, in­side deals on my watch,” said West. “Moreover, I will see to it that any amounts above the owed bal­ance will be im­me­di­ately re­mit­ted to the right­ful per­son — nev­er again will someone be denied what is right­fully theirs.”

On an­oth­er is­sue, West vows to stream­line and ac­cel­er­ate the is­su­ance of state li­censes to carry fire­arms.

“The an­swer to high crime rates is not few­er guns, but more guns in the right hands,” he said. “The eld­erly wid­ow liv­ing in a poor neigh­bor­hood has as much — if not more — need for an af­ford­able fire­arm in her home for pro­tec­tion as any­one else. To her, the loss of a So­cial Se­cur­ity check can be dev­ast­at­ing.”

West gradu­ated from Temple Uni­versity in 2000 with a de­gree in crim­in­al justice. He is a cap­tain in the Pennsylvania Na­tion­al Guard and has served peace­keep­ing tours in Bos­nia and on the Is­raeli-Egyp­tian bor­der.

The race for sher­iff also in­cludes Demo­crat Jew­ell Wil­li­ams, a state rep­res­ent­at­ive, and the Green Party’s Cheri Honkala, a long­time hous­ing act­iv­ist.

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The non-par­tis­an Com­mit­tee of Sev­enty is chal­len­ging May­or Mi­chael Nut­ter, Re­pub­lic­an Kar­en Brown and in­de­pend­ent Wali Rah­man,  aka Di­op Olug­bala, to de­clare their po­s­i­tions on 20 spe­cif­ic eth­ics re­forms.

In­cluded among the re­com­mend­a­tions the group is ask­ing the may­or­al can­did­ates to en­dorse are sup­port­ing le­gis­la­tion to re­quire all city em­ploy­ees to re­gister their out­side jobs with the Phil­adelphia Board of Eth­ics; cham­pi­on­ing the elim­in­a­tion of the city com­mis­sion­ers and sher­iff’s of­fices; and mak­ing city fin­an­cial-dis­clos­ure state­ments sub­mit­ted by top elec­ted and ap­poin­ted of­fi­cials avail­able on­line, rather than re­quir­ing the pub­lic to go to the re­cords de­part­ment in City Hall to re­view the state­ments.

The re­sponses by the can­did­ates will be pub­lished at www.sev­enty.org

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The pub­lic is in­vited to a “Meet the Can­did­ates” brunch on Sunday, Oct. 23, at 9 a.m., at the Con­greg­a­tions of Shaare Shamay­im syn­agogue, at 9768 Ver­ree Road in Bustleton.

All can­did­ates for the Nov. 8 elec­tion have been in­vited. Ad­mis­sion is free.

For more in­form­a­tion, call Har­ris Popo­low at 215-676-7486.

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Look­ing ahead to the 2012 elec­tion, former Phil­adelphia May­or and Pennsylvania Gov. Ed Rendell has en­dorsed Patrick Murphy for state at­tor­ney gen­er­al.

“He un­der­stands the prob­lems that Pennsylvani­ans face and will be a fierce ad­voc­ate for work­ing fam­il­ies and for mak­ing our streets safer,” Rendell said. “As a former fed­er­al and mil­it­ary pro­sec­utor, he knows that re­du­cing nar­cot­ics traf­fick­ing can sub­stan­tially de­crease street crimes like rob­bery, burg­lary and as­sault.”

Murphy, a former two-term con­gress­man from Bucks County, will com­pete in the Demo­crat­ic primary with former as­sist­ant dis­trict at­tor­neys Dan Mc­Caf­fery of Phil­adelphia and Kath­leen Kane of Lack­awanna County. Former Dis­trict At­tor­ney Lynne Ab­ra­ham on Fri­day an­nounced that she will not run.

Pos­sible Re­pub­lic­an can­did­ates in­clude state Sen. John Raf­ferty of Mont­gomery County and Cum­ber­land County Dis­trict At­tor­ney Dav­id Freed. 

Murphy has de­cided against chal­len­ging Re­pub­lic­an Rep. Mike Fitzpatrick, who beat him last year. A pos­sible Demo­crat­ic can­did­ate is Cyn­thia Philo, a law­yer, Doylestown su­per­visor and pres­id­ent/CEO of the Old City Dis­trict. She re­ceived 40 per­cent of the vote last year when she chal­lenged Re­pub­lic­an state Sen. Chuck McIl­hin­ney. ••

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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