Margolies missing from congressional forum

Five of the six can­did­ates in the 13th Con­gres­sion­al Dis­trict at­ten­ded a for­um on Sunday at Con­greg­a­tions of Shaare Shamay­im in Bustleton.

Ap­pear­ing were Re­pub­lic­ans Dee Ad­cock and Beverly Plosa-Bow­ser and Demo­crats Daylin Leach, Brendan Boyle and Val Arkoosh. Demo­crat Mar­jor­ie Mar­gol­ies did not at­tend.

The can­did­ates answered ques­tions from me­dia mem­bers and the audi­ence. Ruth Hor­witz and Myles Gor­don were the mod­er­at­ors.

Ad­cock touted his 30 years run­ning a swim­ming pool com­pany that em­ploys 120 people. He’s out­raged at the na­tion’s $17 tril­lion debt. He pro­poses term lim­its of 12 to 18 years and fa­vors con­struc­tion of the Key­stone XL pipeline. He also gave away free cop­ies of Charles Krau­tham­mer’s book Things that Mat­ter. Ad­cock took 44 per­cent of the vote in a 2010 chal­lenge to Demo­crat­ic Rep. Allyson Schwartz, who is run­ning for gov­ernor.

Plosa-Bow­ser spent 30 years in the U.S. Air Force, re­tir­ing as a col­on­el. She served in com­bat in Bagh­dad, Ir­aq. She op­poses a hike in the min­im­um wage and fa­vors 12-year term lim­its, a lim­it on cam­paign spend­ing and a bal­anced budget amend­ment. She sup­ports Illinois Sen. Mark Kirk’s Small Busi­ness Bill of Rights. 

Leach, a law­yer and state sen­at­or who grew up in the North­east, fa­vors a min­im­um wage of $12 an hour. He wants a “liv­able” wage, not a “scrap­ing-by” wage. He was among the first in the state to pro­pose leg­al­iz­a­tion of same-sex mar­riage. He op­poses term lim­its and a bal­anced budget amend­ment and fa­vors pub­lic fin­an­cing of cam­paigns. He railed against “xeno­phobic” le­gis­la­tion deal­ing with il­leg­al im­mig­rants.

Boyle, a state rep­res­ent­at­ive from Somer­ton who en­joys sup­port from labor uni­ons, is run­ning to rep­res­ent the “for­got­ten middle class.” He lamen­ted the grow­ing in­come gap between the richest 1 per­cent of Amer­ic­ans and every­one else. He wants to raise the min­im­um wage above $10 an hour to lift people out of poverty. He fa­vors a path to leg­al­iz­a­tion for il­leg­al im­mig­rants. He op­poses a bal­anced budget amend­ment.

Arkoosh, an an­es­thesi­olo­gist with a fo­cus on ob­stet­rics, said she is the prob­lem-solv­er who can stop the fight­ing in Con­gress. She’s been a lead­ing pro­ponent of the Af­ford­able Care Act. She told voters she will be their “ally,” not just their rep­res­ent­at­ive. She sup­ports a min­im­um wage in­crease, term lim­its and a path­way to cit­izen­ship for il­leg­al im­mig­rants, par­tic­u­larly chil­dren. She op­poses a bal­anced budget amend­ment.

The can­did­ates were asked which cur­rent or former mem­bers of Con­gress from Pennsylvania they’d like to emu­late. Ad­cock se­lec­ted Jon Fox, Plosa-Bow­ser chose Mike Fitzpatrick, Leach went with Joe Hoef­fel, Boyle cited Bob Bor­ski and Arkoosh named Allyson Schwartz.


The pub­lic is in­vited to at­tend the Abing­ton-Rockledge Demo­crat­ic Com­mit­tee’s 13th Con­gres­sion­al Dis­trict for­um, set for Monday at 7:30 p.m. at Penn State Abing­ton. Par­ti­cip­at­ing will be Brendan Boyle, Daylin Leach, Mar­jor­ie Mar­gol­ies and Valer­ie Arkoosh.

The mod­er­at­or will be WHYY seni­or re­port­er Dave Dav­ies. Doors open at 6:30 p.m. The for­um will take place in the Suth­er­land Build­ing. The cam­pus is at 1600 Wood­land Road in Abing­ton.


Boyle re­leased a list of en­dorse­ments from Phil­adelphia elec­ted of­fi­cials.

The list con­sists of state Sen. Mike Stack, state Reps. Ed Neilson, James Clay, Mike McGee­han and Kev­in Boyle, City Con­trol­ler Alan Butkovitz and City Coun­cil­men Bobby Hen­on, Bill Green­lee and Jim Ken­ney.

“Those who are en­dors­ing my can­did­acy are all great ad­voc­ates for North­east Phil­adelphia, and I look for­ward to con­tinu­ing to work to­geth­er on be­half of the com­munit­ies we serve in Con­gress,” Boyle said. “These en­dorse­ments are yet an­oth­er ex­ample of how our cam­paign con­tin­ues to build mo­mentum, and of our shared vis­ion for how to make North­east Phil­adelphia, from May­fair to Somer­ton, a bet­ter place to live and work.”

Neilson said, “As the only Phil­adelphia can­did­ate in this race, Brendan has the ex­per­i­ence to be the ad­voc­ate for North­east Phil­adelphia that we need in Con­gress.”


The Uni­versity of Pennsylvania Demo­crats have en­dorsed Leach in the 13th Con­gres­sion­al Dis­trict primary.

The race in­cludes Penn pro­fess­ors Mar­gol­ies and Arkoosh.

“Only one can­did­ate, however, has proven his abil­ity to boldly and in­tel­li­gently fight for the causes we be­lieve in and against the rampant in­equal­ity fa­cing Pennsylvani­ans and all Amer­ic­ans,” the group wrote in a guest column in the Daily Pennsylvani­an.

The group will sup­ply cam­paign vo­lun­teers for Leach.


Jared So­lomon, who is chal­len­ging state Rep. Mark Co­hen (D-202nd dist.) in the primary, un­veiled a plan to as­sist seni­ors liv­ing in the North­east.

“The North­east has long been a great place to re­tire, and I want to keep it that way,” So­lomon said.

So­lomon said he’ll host reg­u­lar re­tire­ment plan­ning sem­inars and work to lower prop­erty taxes, provide re­sources for the Dis­trict 10 Health Cen­ter and Jeanes Hos­pit­al, strengthen eld­er ab­use laws, and se­cure fund­ing for SEPTA to provide doc­tor’s of­fice vis­its for seni­ors and the dis­abled.


Katie Mc­Ginty, a Demo­crat­ic can­did­ate for gov­ernor, is call­ing on the Pennsylvania Le­gis­lature to en­act a total ban on all gifts to elec­ted of­fi­cials and staff to re­store the pub­lic’s con­fid­ence in state gov­ern­ment.

Mc­Ginty’s call for a ban on all gifts comes on the heels of re­ports of le­gis­lat­ors al­legedly re­ceiv­ing cash pay­ments. Un­der cur­rent law, le­gis­lat­ors are able to re­ceive cash and oth­er gifts as long as they are re­por­ted.

State At­tor­ney Gen­er­al Kath­leen Kane, a Demo­crat, has been cri­ti­cized for not pro­sec­ut­ing the al­leged crimes. She cited the drop­ping of all charges against the in­form­ant in an un­re­lated case, along with what she saw as a tar­get­ing of black law­makers.

“Pennsylvani­ans are los­ing faith in state gov­ern­ment, and one way to rem­edy that is to en­act a ban on all gifts to elec­ted of­fi­cials and their staff – with no ex­cep­tions,” Mc­Ginty said. “There will al­ways be a gray area and dis­trust by the pub­lic as long as lob­by­ists are per­mit­ted to provide gifts to the people they are lob­by­ing. The Le­gis­lature must act now to ban all gifts im­me­di­ately be­cause the people of Pennsylvania de­serve a gov­ern­ment they can trust.”

Mc­Ginty, a Rhawn­hurst nat­ive and St. Hubert High School gradu­ate, also pledged that if the Le­gis­lature doesn’t act, as gov­ernor she would ban all gifts to ad­min­is­tra­tion of­fi­cials and staff un­der her jur­is­dic­tion.


Allyson Schwartz, who is also seek­ing the Demo­crat­ic nod for gov­ernor, un­veiled an eco­nom­ic plan called In­vestPA. The pro­pos­al would spend $30 mil­lion to help man­u­fac­tur­ers grow, hire and stay in Pennsylvania. It would also in­vest in the state’s bi­o­tech­no­logy, life sci­ences and high-tech in­dus­tries.

“Our hard-work­ing and de­term­ined people, vast en­ergy re­sources, man­u­fac­tur­ing base, top uni­versit­ies, life sci­ences and ag­ri­cul­tur­al strength all provide op­por­tun­ity,” Schwartz said. “As gov­ernor, I will push Har­ris­burg to think dif­fer­ently, be in­nov­at­ive and take ad­vant­age of our as­sets to grow our eco­nomy and cre­ate new, good-pay­ing jobs for work­ing fam­il­ies.”

In ad­di­tion, she would re­quire that, by 2030, 30 per­cent of elec­tri­city must come from clean, re­new­able sources. 

To pay for some of her ini­ti­at­ives, she would en­act a 5-per­cent tax on nat­ur­al gas drilling.

Mean­while, Schwartz an­nounced a plan to give tax in­cent­ives to com­pan­ies to hire, train and re­tain about 10,000 new em­ploy­ees.

Schwartz faults Gov. Tom Corbett for Pennsylvania be­ing among the bot­tom 10 states for job growth.

As gov­ernor, she would, among oth­er things, re­in­vest in com­munity col­lege and vo­ca­tion­al train­ing ini­ti­at­ives. She’d like to double the num­ber of work­er-train­ees en­rolled in re­gistered ap­pren­tice­ship pro­grams from 10,000 to 20,000.

“We must bridge the gap between those who want jobs and the em­ploy­ers who need skilled work­ers,” she said. “By mak­ing real in­vest­ments in cre­at­ing part­ner­ships between gov­ern­ment, in­dustry and our uni­versit­ies, we can al­low em­ploy­ers to take ad­vant­age of the greatest as­set Pennsylvania has - our work­ers.”


Jay Pa­ter­no, a former Penn State as­sist­ant foot­ball coach, dropped out of the Demo­crat­ic primary for lieu­ten­ant gov­ernor in the midst of a chal­lenge to his nom­in­at­ing pe­ti­tions.

“I thank every­one who has sup­por­ted our cam­paign. I know we entered this race late and I alone bear re­spons­ib­il­ity for that and for any short­com­ings in our ef­forts,” he said. ••

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