2011 Philly Republican Primary Endorsements
Otherwise known as ‘Miller Time’. Philadelphia’s Primary Day is one week away and I’ve yet to unveil my endorsements for various public offices up for grabs this coming November. It’s quite exciting in Philly as voters have a golden opportunity to revolutionize Philly’s political landscape with their vote. The take home message bitterly learned in 2008 and applied in 2010 is simply that elections have consequences. It is my hope that Philadelphia residents will rise to the challenge and vote for better solutions instead of more of the same. After careful consideration and note taking, here are Republican candidates I believe will bring Philadelphia back to good. Mayoral Candidate
He had my vote with his groundbreaking videos. Considering the alternative is the former Democrat turned Republican, tattoo sporting Karen Brown. A vote for Featherman is the sane choice.
Council-at-Large – Three Candidates
Denny O’Brien A tireless advocate and politician with much political experience. When you meet Denny, you are never left in doubt were he stands on any issue and I highly respect that even if I don’t agree. His years as State Representative have given him the political savvy to shake up not only City Council but establishment Philly GOPers that for too long have rolled over and played dead.
Joe McColgan – I love his commonsense pragmatism. He sees the great potential of this city and has a plan to capitalize on the tremendous opportunities Philly has to offer. His roots are in Philly, which gives him a vested interest in the success of this city.
David Oh – Oh David, David, David. I’m completely with you on your fiscal priorities, not so much on your social issues. Like Dennis O’Brien you don’t hide your stance on the issues and I respect your candor. As a lifelong resident, you certainly have an interest in seeing this city prosper. Looking at the serious issues facing Philadelphia, I put aside differences we may have on other topics and considered your economic plans carefully and I am happy to give you an endorsement for City Council at Large.
UPDATE…Honorable mention goes to Steve Odabashian:
Sandra Stewart Sandra is the Republican Candidate in the 6th district - Democrat Joan Krajewski’s age old stomping ground. I like her gutsy decision to run against the entrenched establishment. She lives, works and was educated in Philadelphia; this tells me she is a candidate that is invested in the city and its success. We need more citizens like Sandra to feel empowered to stand up an run for office – and win!
Al Schmidt – Former senior analyst at the non-partisan U.S. Government Accountability Office (GAO) and usually the smartest guy in the room. Why Al for City Commissioner? Philly routinely finds itself high on the list of cities with endemic voter fraud. As City Commissioner, Al will work with the two Democrat commissioners to ensure every vote is counted and citizens can vote without fear or intimidation. He is the nicest politician I’ve met in recent years and inexplicably has yet to read my blog.
Aaron Proctor weighs in his endorsements at Philly Decline.