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Lynne Abraham endorses Leach in primary

  • Daylin Leach

  • Lynne Abraham

Former Dis­trict At­tor­ney Lynne Ab­ra­ham has en­dorsed state Sen. Daylin Leach in the 13th Con­gres­sion­al Dis­trict Demo­crat­ic primary.

“As a lifelong Phil­adelphi­an who has served the city as its dis­trict at­tor­ney for 19 years, I know how im­port­ant it is to have strong rep­res­ent­a­tion in Wash­ing­ton. We need a tire­less ad­voc­ate for our city — for our com­munit­ies, our schools and for good jobs — and I know Daylin will be that ad­voc­ate. He’s the only can­did­ate run­ning who has a proven re­cord of al­ways stand­ing up for what he be­lieves in and for what is right, and that is why he has my sup­port,” Ab­ra­ham said.

Leach said he is “humbled” to have Ab­ra­ham’s sup­port.

Mean­while, Daily Kos, the lead­ing na­tion­al lib­er­al blog, also en­dorsed Leach.

“This primary gives us the chance to bring one more stal­wart pro­gress­ive to Cap­it­ol Hill — a true lead­er. Leach has a strong and lengthy track re­cord of not just sup­port­ing pro­gress­ive prin­ciples but lead­ing the fight for change,” said Joan Mc­Carter, a Daily Kos mem­ber.

The site ref­er­enced many of Leach’s ac­com­plish­ments, in­clud­ing his work on stand­ing up to voter iden­ti­fic­a­tion, cham­pi­on­ing mar­riage equal­ity, rais­ing the min­im­um wage and pre­vent­ing the shack­ling of preg­nant pris­on­ers dur­ing child­birth.

As part of the en­dorse­ment, Daily Kos de­scribed state Rep. Brendan Boyle as “the only anti-choice can­did­ate in the primary,” and re­called former Rep. Mar­jor­ie Mar­gol­ies la­beling her­self a cent­rist. Boyle con­siders him­self pro-choice on abor­tion, though he had a pro-life po­s­i­tion when he ran for the state House in 2008, ac­cord­ing to an art­icle in the North­east Times. His op­pon­ents in the con­gres­sion­al primary have cri­ti­cized him for what they see as a mixed vot­ing re­cord on the is­sue.

Leach re­leased a new cam­paign ad fea­tur­ing wo­men dis­cuss­ing Boyle’s re­cord on abor­tion.

“As a wo­man, as a moth­er and as a grand­moth­er, I know that Brendan Boyle in Con­gress will be bad for Amer­ic­an wo­men every­where,” said Di­ane Payne, a North­east res­id­ent and re­tired teach­er who is fea­tured in the ad. “We can’t risk elect­ing someone to be our next mem­ber of Con­gress who will side with the Tea Party in Wash­ing­ton when they try to de­fund Planned Par­ent­hood again or make it harder for wo­men to get the health­care they need. While Boyle seems to have re­cently flipped on is­sues of abor­tion rights, and now is say­ing he sup­ports a wo­man’s right to choose, I don’t think we can trust him, and I for one don’t be­lieve him. That’s why I’m sup­port­ing Daylin Leach — be­cause he is the only can­did­ate with a proven track re­cord of stand­ing up for choice and for wo­men’s health.”

Also last week, Leach sent a let­ter to Mar­gol­ies, ask­ing that she re­lease all re­cords of cam­paign funds. Pre­vi­ously, he sent a let­ter to the Fed­er­al Elec­tion Com­mis­sion, claim­ing that she il­leg­ally spent money in the primary that is sup­posed to be saved for the gen­er­al elec­tion.

The Mar­gol­ies cam­paign has said it did not il­leg­ally use cam­paign money.

In his let­ter to Mar­gol­ies, he called on her to drop out of the race if she does not re­lease her re­cords.

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Mar­gol­ies last week opened a field of­fice at 7718 Castor Ave. in Rhawn­hurst.

The can­did­ate was joined by three of the five ward lead­ers who’ve en­dorsed her: Bill Dol­bow, Janice Sul­man and John Sabat­ina.

“She knows the ropes. She knows the people,” Sabat­ina said of the former con­gress­wo­man.

Mar­gol­ies, who served in 1993-94, sup­por­ted bills that banned as­sault weapons and cre­ated the Fam­ily and Med­ic­al Leave Act.

“We got things done,” she said.

A voter handed Mar­gol­ies a piece of cam­paign lit­er­at­ure mailed by Dr. Val Arkoosh, who is part of the four-per­son primary. The piece cri­ti­cized Mar­gol­ies’ past po­s­i­tions on So­cial Se­cur­ity and Medi­care. She called the lit­er­at­ure “in­tel­lec­tu­ally dis­hon­est” and “bulls–.”

“I do not think we should raise the re­tire­ment age,” she said.

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Brendan Boyle re­ceived the en­dorse­ment of the Black Clergy of Phil­adelphia and Vi­cin­ity.

“We have been very im­pressed with Rep. Boyle’s work in our com­munity. In his time as a state law­maker, he has demon­strated his com­mit­ment to com­munity ser­vice,” said the Rev. Ter­rance Grif­fith, pres­id­ent of the Black Clergy. “We strongly be­lieve that he’s the best choice to rep­res­ent the 13th dis­trict in Con­gress.”

Grif­fith also noted Boyle’s fo­cus on city com­munity de­vel­op­ment, con­tend­ing that he is the only can­did­ate talk­ing about the im­port­ance of re­build­ing urb­an neigh­bor­hoods.

Boyle said he is priv­ileged to have the sup­port of “a dis­tin­guished group of com­munity lead­ers and ad­voc­ates from across our re­gion.” He said they have shared pri­or­it­ies that in­clude ac­cess to a qual­ity edu­ca­tion for every child, a re­duc­tion in the grow­ing in­come gap and elim­in­a­tion of poverty in com­munit­ies.

“In a Con­gress where the ma­jor­ity of mem­bers are mil­lion­aires, we need rep­res­ent­a­tion that will ad­dress the press­ing prob­lems in our com­munit­ies, par­tic­u­larly in low-in­come and minor­ity neigh­bor­hoods,” Boyle said. “Lead­er­ship on is­sues such as edu­ca­tion, rais­ing the min­im­um wage and fight­ing poverty doesn’t come from can­did­ates who are phys­ic­ally or eco­nom­ic­ally de­tached from the neigh­bor­hoods that need help from Con­gress. It comes from elect­ing people who have the life ex­per­i­ence and drive to fight for work­ing fam­il­ies and com­munit­ies.”

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Danny Sav­age, a former city coun­cil­man run­ning in the Demo­crat­ic primary in the 2nd Sen­at­ori­al Dis­trict, sup­ports a bill that would cre­ate uni­ver­sal pre-kinder­garten pro­grams and make kinder­garten classes man­dat­ory for all Pennsylvania school dis­tricts.

House Bill 2148 is be­ing sponsored by Brendan Boyle, whom Sav­age refers to as “a friend and sup­port­er.”

“It’s shame­ful that Pennsylvania is one of only six states na­tion­wide that does not re­quire kinder­garten in all of its schools,” Sav­age said. “Study after study has proven the im­port­ance of early child­hood edu­ca­tion in set­ting our chil­dren on the road to aca­dem­ic suc­cess and a bet­ter qual­ity of life as adults. As state sen­at­or, I will make edu­ca­tion a corner­stone of my le­gis­lat­ive pri­or­it­ies for the people of the 2nd dis­trict. I ap­plaud Rep. Boyle for cham­pi­on­ing this im­port­ant piece of le­gis­la­tion and am grate­ful for his sup­port of my can­did­acy.”

Sav­age poin­ted to re­cent re­search that has shown that en­roll­ment in an early edu­ca­tion pro­gram im­proves a child’s abil­ity to learn and so­cial­ize throughout his or her en­tire aca­dem­ic ca­reer. 

The can­did­ate said he un­der­stands and sym­path­izes with fam­il­ies who can­not af­ford private early edu­ca­tion op­tions.

“The state edu­ca­tion sys­tem has a mor­al re­spons­ib­il­ity to make early child­hood edu­ca­tion an at­tain­able real­ity for every­one, not just those cap­able of send­ing their kids to private schools,” he said. “As state sen­at­or, I will fight for as long as it takes to make it hap­pen. The fu­ture of our chil­dren should not be sac­ri­ficed in the name of trim­ming state budgets.”

Sav­age is chal­len­ging Sen. Tina Tartagli­one in the primary. To­mas Sanc­hez, hus­band of City Coun­cil­wo­man Maria Quinones Sanc­hez, is also seek­ing the Demo­crat­ic nom­in­a­tion.

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Tartagli­one ral­lied with sup­port­ers on Sat­urday af­ter­noon at Frank­ford and Cottman av­en­ues.

“We have a lot of sup­port all through the dis­trict,” she said. “It’s all about the work­ing people.”

The well-fun­ded Sav­age has been mail­ing lit­er­at­ure cri­ti­ciz­ing Tartagli­one on is­sues such as miss­ing votes, ac­cept­ing salary and pen­sion in­creases and spon­sor­ing res­ol­u­tions such as Mush­room Month and Canada Day.

Tartagli­one said she helped pass the last min­im­um wage in­crease in 2006, when it went from $5.15 an hour to $7.15. She wants to raise it to $10.10 and in­clude a cost-of-liv­ing ad­just­ment. She’d also like to in­crease the “tipped” min­im­um wage to 70 per­cent of the reg­u­lar min­im­um wage. That’s the wage paid to wait­resses and some oth­er work­ers.

The in­cum­bent de­scribed the pro­posed privat­iz­a­tion of the state li­quor store sys­tem as “not a good idea” be­cause it’s a money-maker every year. And she is a fierce op­pon­ent of Gov. Tom Corbett’s plan to privat­ize the Pennsylvania Lot­tery.

“Every dol­lar that comes through that lot­tery goes to seni­or cit­izens,” she said. ••

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