Democratic primary candidates collect endorsements

Three of the can­did­ates in next year’s Demo­crat­ic primary for the 13th Con­gres­sion­al Dis­trict have col­lec­ted some re­cent en­dorse­ments.

State Sen. Daylin Leach and state Rep. Brendan Boyle picked up uni­on back­ing, while former con­gress­wo­man Mar­jor­ie Mar­gol­ies won sup­port from a prom­in­ent con­gress­man and a loc­al state rep­res­ent­at­ive.

The Pennsylvania As­so­ci­ation of Staff Nurses and Al­lied Pro­fes­sion­als backs Leach, who, in the Sen­ate, has sup­por­ted meas­ures to im­prove work­ing con­di­tions for nurses.

“Daylin Leach has al­ways been a tire­less ad­voc­ate for Pennsylvania nurses and health pro­fes­sion­als in the state le­gis­lature, so it was with a great sense of friend­ship that the PASNAP ex­ec­ut­ive board voted to en­dorse Daylin Leach for Con­gress,” said Pa­tri­cia Eakin, the uni­on pres­id­ent. “We know that once elec­ted, Daylin will work in Wash­ing­ton to en­sure safe hos­pit­al staff­ing levels, and we know he will al­ways stand with us as we fight to or­gan­ize and provide high-qual­ity health care to our pa­tients.”

The In­ter­na­tion­al Broth­er­hood of Boil­er­makers, Iron Ship Build­ers, Black­smiths, For­gers & Help­ers’ Loc­al 13 is for Boyle. Its vice pres­id­ent, Mar­tin Wil­li­ams, said Boyle “has been fight­ing for Phil­adelphia work­ing fam­il­ies since be­ing elec­ted to the state le­gis­lature.”

“We are very ex­cited about him con­tinu­ing this fight in Con­gress,” Wil­li­ams said.

Mar­gol­ies earned en­dorse­ments from U.S. Rep. Steny Hoy­er, the Demo­crat­ic whip from Mary­land, and state Rep. Madeleine Dean of Mont­gomery County.

Hoy­er, who ranks be­low only Minor­ity Lead­er Nancy Pelosi among House Demo­crats, de­scribed Mar­gol­ies as hard work­ing and cour­ageous, adding that she is com­mit­ted to cre­at­ing jobs.

“Dur­ing her pre­vi­ous ten­ure in Con­gress, Mar­jor­ie was in­stru­ment­al in passing a ban on dan­ger­ous as­sault weapons, en­act­ing the Fam­ily and Med­ic­al Leave Act and fund­ing great­er in­vest­ment in wo­men’s health care,” he said.

Dean cited Mar­gol­ies’ work as a teach­er at the Fels School of Gov­ern­ment and for wo­men and fam­il­ies as pres­id­ent of the Wo­men’s Cam­paign In­ter­na­tion­al. And she poin­ted to her tie-break­ing vote in 1993 for Pres­id­ent Bill Clin­ton’s eco­nom­ic plan.

“I re­call her cour­ageous and cor­rect vote sup­port­ing the Clin­ton budget, which made me proud that she rep­res­en­ted me,” Dean said.

Also in the race is Dr. Valer­ie Arkoosh, a health-care re­form ad­voc­ate.

The seat is held by Demo­crat­ic Rep. Allyson Schwartz, who is run­ning for gov­ernor next year.


As for Schwartz’s cam­paign for gov­ernor, a poll leaked last week to City Pa­per showed her lead­ing Gov. Tom Corbett, 46 per­cent to 34 per­cent, in a pos­sible gen­er­al elec­tion faceoff.

The sur­vey of 600 re­gistered voters statewide was con­duc­ted by Pub­lic­an Opin­ion Strategies, a Re­pub­lic­an firm. The poll was con­duc­ted from April 30 to May 2.

Some 44 per­cent of Re­pub­lic­ans said it was time to elect someone new.

In the Pitt­s­burgh me­dia mar­ket, where Corbett won by 12 per­cent­age points in 2010, he trailed Schwartz by 26 points.


The 29th an­nu­al Re­pub­lic­an City Com­mit­tee clam­bake has been set for Sunday, Aug. 25, at Cannstat­ter’s, at 9130 Academy Road.

The event will run from 4 to 8 p.m. and be chaired by city elec­tions com­mis­sion­er Al Schmidt.

Tick­ets cost $100 and in­clude an open bar and all-you-can-eat as­sort­ment of food. They are avail­able by con­tact­ing Mike Cibik, GOP lead­er of the 5th Ward, at 215-735-1060 or mcibik@gop5th­  ••

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