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Savage to host breakfast fundraiser at the shore

  • Dan Savage

  • Tina Tartaglione

Dan Sav­age be­lieves he’ll have the sup­port of many elec­ted of­fi­cials, ward lead­ers and uni­ons in his ex­pec­ted Demo­crat­ic primary chal­lenge next year to state Sen. Tina Tartagli­one.

What he also needs will be money to take on Tartagli­one (D-2nd dist.), a 20-year in­cum­bent and a fa­vor­ite of Demo­crat­ic Sen­ate lead­er­ship who will cer­tainly be well-fun­ded.

On Sunday morn­ing, Sav­age will be host­ing a break­fast fun­draiser at Westy’s Ir­ish Pub in North Wild­wood, N.J. The cost is $100.

A former city coun­cil­man, Sav­age thinks Tartagli­one has been in of­fice too long, adding that she is largely un­known to long­time con­stitu­ents and the voters new to the 2nd dis­trict after re­ap­por­tion­ment. He faults her re­cord on con­stitu­ent ser­vice and sees few le­gis­lat­ive ac­com­plish­ments.

“She has totally failed at the job,” he said.

Sav­age, 42, lives in North­wood and is Demo­crat­ic lead­er of the 23rd Ward. He won a Novem­ber 2006 spe­cial elec­tion for the va­cant 7th Coun­cil­man­ic Dis­trict seat. But he lost to Maria Quinones Sanc­hez in the 2007 primary and fell short in a 2011 primary chal­lenge to Sanc­hez.

Sav­age counts among his sup­port­ers City Coun­cil­man Bobby Hen­on.

On the cam­paign trail, he’ll talk about the ac­com­plish­ments dur­ing his 13 months on Coun­cil. He plans to meet voters at their doors.

“I’ll work my butt off when I run and I’ll work my butt off when I’m elec­ted,” he said.

Tartagli­one, 52, nar­rowly de­feated Re­pub­lic­an Sen. Bruce Marks in 1994 and hasn’t had a tough race since. Her moth­er, Marge, served 36 years as a city elec­tions com­mis­sion­er be­fore her de­feat in 2011.

Re­cently, she has worked to op­pose privat­iz­a­tion of the state li­quor store sys­tem and pushed for pas­sage of a bill that would fund trans­port­a­tion and in­fra­struc­ture pro­jects.

Sen­ate Minor­ity Lead­er Jay Costa, Demo­crat­ic Ap­pro­pri­ations Com­mit­tee chair­man Vin­cent Hughes and the Sen­ate Demo­crat­ic Cam­paign Com­mit­tee will be fully be­hind the in­cum­bent.

Tartagli­one is a mem­ber of United Food and Com­mer­cial Work­ers Loc­al 1776 and serves as minor­ity party chair­wo­man of the Sen­ate Labor and In­dustry Com­mit­tee, so she should have sig­ni­fic­ant uni­on back­ing.

Sanc­hez, Sav­age’s bit­ter polit­ic­al foe, is sure to be with her, too.

“Sen­at­or Tartagli­one is go­ing to run, she is go­ing to win and she is go­ing to do it with the full sup­port of Sen­ate Demo­crats,” said cam­paign spokes­man Aren Platt.

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Mar­jor­ie Mar­gol­ies last week earned the en­dorse­ment of a prom­in­ent Rus­si­an-Amer­ic­an lead­er in her cam­paign for the Demo­crat­ic nom­in­a­tion in the 13th Con­gres­sion­al Dis­trict.

Joseph Leventan, dir­ect­or of the Great­er Phil­adelphia Rus­si­an-Amer­ic­an Cham­ber of Com­merce and chair­man of the board of the Rus­si­an-Amer­ic­an United Art Coun­cil, re­called the as­sist­ance she gave small busi­nesses when she served in Con­gress in 1993-94. He also cited her ser­vice with the Wo­men’s Cam­paign In­ter­na­tion­al. He said he was speak­ing for him­self, and not his or­gan­iz­a­tion.

“Mar­jor­ie’s work as pres­id­ent of Wo­men’s Cam­paign In­ter­na­tion­al to em­power wo­men in emer­ging demo­cra­cies, par­tic­u­larly those in the former So­viet Uni­on, is equally im­port­ant,” Leventan said. “She has an un­der­stand­ing of the glob­al stage, and Amer­ica’s place in it, that is un­matched by any oth­er can­did­ate in this race.”

As non­profits, the cham­ber and the coun­cil are pro­hib­ited from mak­ing polit­ic­al en­dorse­ments.

In next year’s primary, Mar­gol­ies will face state Rep. Brendan Boyle, state Sen. Daylin Leach and Dr. Val Arkoosh, a health-care re­form ad­voc­ate.

Mean­while, Mar­gol­ies re­por­ted rais­ing $185,345 from May 31 to June 30.

Among her na­tion­al con­trib­ut­ors were former treas­ury sec­ret­ary Robert Ru­bin, former health and hu­man ser­vices sec­ret­ary Donna Shalala, former Of­fice of Man­age­ment and Budget dir­ect­or Alice Rivlin, former White House Chief of Staff Mack McLarty and Clin­ton ad­min­is­tra­tion ad­visers Lanny Dav­is, Ver­non Jordan and Har­old Ickes.

Loc­al con­trib­ut­ors in­cluded former U.S. Sen. Har­ris Wof­ford, Mont­gomery County Demo­crat­ic chair­man and vice chair­wo­man Mar­cel Groen and Joanne Olszewski and state Rep. Dwight Evans.

  Leach led the way by rais­ing $354,490.84. Arkoosh raised more than $285,000 to go with the $218,000 she raised in 17 days in March. Boyle raised more than $252,000.

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Terry Tracy, the Re­pub­lic­an can­did­ate for city con­trol­ler, will hold a town hall meet­ing on Tues­day, Ju­ly 30, at 7:15 p.m. at Holmes­burg Re­cre­ation Cen­ter, at Rhawn and Dit­man streets.

The meet­ing had been set for Ju­ly 16, but Terry moved it out of re­spect for a pub­lic meet­ing the same night about a pro­posed meth­adone clin­ic at Frank­ford Av­en­ue and Dec­atur Street.

Terry, who is chal­len­ging in­cum­bent Demo­crat Alan Butkovitz, planned to at­tend the meet­ing about the clin­ic.

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A sur­vey by Harp­er Polling in­dic­ated some troub­ling signs for Gov. Tom Corbett.

The sur­vey, con­duc­ted Ju­ly 1-2 of 813 voters, showed that just 24 per­cent of the people say he de­serves to be re-elec­ted next year. Some 56 per­cent said he should be re­placed, and the rest were not sure. The mar­gin of er­ror was plus or minus 3.44 per­cent.

Ac­cord­ing to the poll, most Re­pub­lic­ans, Demo­crats and in­de­pend­ents be­lieve the state’s eco­nomy is get­ting worse.

There were some pos­it­ives for the gov­ernor. By huge mar­gins, voters like the fact that the state budget was passed by the June 30 dead­line and that it con­tained no tax in­creases for the third year in a row. They sup­port a plan that would re­quire new state em­ploy­ees to par­ti­cip­ate in a 401k re­tire­ment plan as op­posed to the cur­rent pen­sion sys­tem.

  Corbett will be in the North­east on Tues­day night, greet­ing sup­port­ers at P&P Cater­ers,

Those polled also think the state should ex­pand Medi­caid cov­er­age for poor people un­der Obama­care. They were gen­er­ally split on wheth­er the state spent enough on edu­ca­tion in the budget.

The poll also in­cluded a light-hearted ques­tion about the state’s fa­vor­ite Her­shey candy. Reese’s Pea­nut But­ter Cups was the run­away win­ner, eas­ily beat­ing York Pep­per­mint Pat­ties, Her­shey’s Chocol­ate Bars, Kit Kat and Her­shey’s Kisses.

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An­oth­er Demo­crat has jumped in­to the race to chal­lenge Corbett.

Le­ban­on County Com­mis­sion­er Jo El­len Litz is run­ning on a plat­form of fix­ing un­safe roads and bridges and mak­ing in­vest­ments in­to the re­search of dia­betes, can­cer, Par­kin­son’s dis­ease and Alzheimer’s dis­ease.

Oth­er Demo­crats who have either an­nounced bids or are po­ten­tial can­did­ates in­clude U.S. Rep. Allyson Schwartz; state Sen. Mike Stack; Katie Mc­Ginty, a Rhawn­hurst nat­ive and former sec­ret­ary of the state De­part­ment of En­vir­on­ment­al Pro­tec­tion; State Treas­urer Rob Mc­Cord; Tom Wolf, a York County busi­ness­man and former sec­ret­ary of the state De­part­ment of Rev­en­ue; Al­lentown May­or Ed Pawlowski; former DEP sec­ret­ary John Hanger; and Max My­ers, a pas­tor, busi­ness­man and au­thor from Cum­ber­land County. ••

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