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Boyle hosts fundraiser, gains support in NE

State Rep. Brendan Boyle last week held his first ma­jor fun­draiser in his cam­paign for the 13th Con­gres­sion­al Dis­trict seat.

The seat is open be­cause U.S. Rep. Allyson Schwartz is seek­ing the Demo­crat­ic nom­in­a­tion for gov­ernor.

So far, three Demo­crats have entered the race. Be­sides Boyle, the oth­ers are state Sen. Daylin Leach and Dr. Valer­ie Arkoosh, a health-care re­form ad­voc­ate.

An­oth­er likely can­did­ate is former con­gress­wo­man Mar­jor­ie Mar­gol­ies.

“I feel very good about the field,” Boyle said dur­ing the May 22 fun­draiser at Fraternal Or­der of Po­lice Lodge 5’s headquar­ters in the Far North­east.

Boyle, of Somer­ton, should feel good. He’s the only North­east can­did­ate in the race. Leach and Arkoosh live in Mont­gomery County.

On the sur­face, Boyle would ap­pear to gain even more strength if Mar­gol­ies, an­oth­er Mont­gomery County res­id­ent, jumps in the race.

However, Mar­gol­ies could prove to be a for­mid­able can­did­ate. In 1993, she cast the de­cid­ing vote for Pres­id­ent Bill Clin­ton’s budget, which Re­pub­lic­ans cri­ti­cized for its tax hikes. Her son, Marc, mar­ried Chelsea Clin­ton in 2010.

Ken Smuk­ler, seni­or ad­viser for Mar­gol­ies, said she has re­ceived en­cour­age­ment to run and that she will con­tin­ue to dis­cuss her op­tions. In the past, she has said she’d make a de­cision by the end of May.

“She fully in­tends to do that,” he said.

As for Boyle, he is look­ing to move up after five years in the state House of Rep­res­ent­at­ives. He had pre­vi­ously worked in the private sec­tor.

“I be­lieve in gov­ern­ment ser­vice and pub­lic ser­vice,” he said.

The fun­draiser at­trac­ted about 100 people, in­clud­ing Boyle’s wife, par­ents and young­er broth­er Kev­in, also a state rep­res­ent­at­ive. State Sen. Mike Stack and City Con­trol­ler Alan Butkovitz were in at­tend­ance.

Mike McAleer, the newly elec­ted head of the North­east Ward Lead­ers, was on hand, along with fel­low ward lead­ers Dan Sav­age, Janice Sul­man, Bob Del­lavella, Pat Par­kin­son and Shawn Dillon.

Boyle, who has a lot of uni­on sup­port, be­lieves he will need $1.2 mil­lion to $1.5 mil­lion to win the nom­in­a­tion. He also plans an in­tense grass­roots cam­paign.

“Those are two im­port­ant in­gredi­ents in our plan,” he said.

Boyle likes hav­ing a base in the North­east. The city and sub­urb­an por­tions of the dis­trict are split fairly evenly. Still, he’ll try to make in­roads in Mont­gomery County.

“I don’t con­cede any area of the dis­trict,” he said.

Will Boyle give up his state House seat or run for both jobs at the same time?

“I haven’t made that de­cision yet,” he said, adding he will go door to door in the sum­mer to see how his con­stitu­ents feel.

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Allyson Schwartz cri­ti­cized Gov. Tom Corbett for re­marks he made in an in­ter­view with Al Dia, a Span­ish news­pa­per, at the Uni­on League.

In re­sponse to a ques­tion, Corbett said he has no Latino staff mem­bers, adding, “If you can find us one, please let me know.” He then looked to­ward the crowd and asked, “Do any of you want to come to Har­ris­burg?” When he did not get a re­sponse, he said, “See,” and the crowd laughed.

“To lead our state to­ward a pros­per­ous eco­nomy, a gov­ernor must re­cog­nize and lever­age our greatest as­set: the people of Pennsylvania,” Schwartz said. “And a gov­ernor’s ad­min­is­tra­tion must set the tone by re­flect­ing our di­versity with tal­en­ted, skilled men and wo­men of all back­grounds. Mak­ing ex­cuses isn’t lead­er­ship. Sadly, this kind of ex­cuse is what we’ve come to ex­pect from Gov. Corbett, and yet again, makes clear why we need a change in Har­ris­burg.”

Corbett’s spokes­man, Kev­in Har­ley, re­leased a state­ment say­ing the gov­ernor was re­fer­ring to his im­me­di­ate staff when re­spond­ing that he has no Lati­nos.

Har­ley noted that Dr. Eli Avila, a His­pan­ic, served as sec­ret­ary of the De­part­ment of Health. The gov­ernor nom­in­ated Ken Trujillo as com­mis­sion­er for the Li­quor Con­trol Board, but Sen­ate Demo­crats blocked the nom­in­a­tion.

Corbett also has a 25-mem­ber Gov­ernor’s Ad­vis­ory Com­mis­sion on Latino Af­fairs.

“He is 100 per­cent sup­port­ive of Latino-His­pan­ic lead­er­ship and is very in­ter­ested in keep­ing an open pipeline with in­creas­ing the num­ber of Latino-His­pan­ics who serve in state gov­ern­ment at all levels,” said Maria Montero, dir­ect­or of the com­mis­sion. “There are nearly 1,500 Latino-His­pan­ics work­ing in the Corbett ad­min­is­tra­tion.”

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Mean­while, Schwartz has picked up en­dorse­ments from United Steel­work­ers Loc­al 10-1 and EMILY’s List, a group that backs Demo­crat­ic wo­men who sup­port abor­tion.

Schwartz worked with the uni­on when Sun­oco and Conoco Phil­lips threatened re­finery clos­ures in Phil­adelphia and Delaware County.

“When faced with the pos­sib­il­ity of a dev­ast­at­ing plant clos­ure, Con­gress­wo­man Schwartz im­me­di­ately went to work on our be­half without wait­ing to be asked,” said Jim Sav­age, the uni­on pres­id­ent. “We ap­pre­ci­ate her ef­forts and we know that all Pennsylvania work­ing fam­il­ies will be­ne­fit from her lead­er­ship, which we ex­per­i­enced first-hand.”

EMILY’s List cited Schwartz’s ex­per­i­ence fight­ing for wo­men and pro­tect­ing ac­cess to health care.

“The EMILY’s List com­munity — now 2 mil­lion mem­bers from coast to coast — has been sup­port­ing Allyson for more than a dec­ade, and we’re thrilled to be a part of her cam­paign to be­come Pennsylvania’s first wo­man gov­ernor,” said Stephanie Schriock, pres­id­ent of the group.

Oth­er Demo­crat­ic can­did­ates are Tom Wolf, a York County busi­ness­man and former sec­ret­ary of the state De­part­ment of Rev­en­ue; Max My­ers, a pas­tor, busi­ness­man and au­thor from Cum­ber­land County; Katie Mc­Ginty, a Rhawn­hurst nat­ive who served as sec­ret­ary of the state De­part­ment of En­vir­on­ment­al Pro­tec­tion; and John Hanger, a former DEP sec­ret­ary.

Oth­er pos­sible can­did­ates in­clude state Sen. Mike Stack, state Treas­urer Rob Mc­Cord and Al­lentown May­or Ed Pawlowski. ••

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