The Philadelphia Inquirer
With new flags on the Parkway, new lights on the boathouses, and new efforts to shelter the homeless, the Democrats who have run Philadelphia for more than half a century have cleaned up the city for the Democratic National Convention. If only they could clean up themselves. Given its historic resonance, continuing revival, and convenient location in a politically important state, Philadelphia is a fine place for a convention. The city’s chief flaw as a backdrop for the Democrats is, well, the Democrats.
In just the past three years, Philadelphia Democrats have seen a congressman, a state senator, five state representatives, and eight city judges found guilty of corruption. A former city sheriff also faces charges, and our top elections official has come under scrutiny for frequently failing to show up to work or, ironically, vote........The standard political response to these outrages reveals the institutional quality of the city’s Democratic corruption.
When Rep. Chaka Fattah was convicted of running a criminal organization last month, not a single high-profile Philadelphia Democrat expressed public disapproval or called for his resignation. Former Gov. Ed Rendell had testified on behalf of the former deputy mayor who bribed Fattah; Rep. Bob Brady, the city’s Democratic chairman, had recently endorsed the congressman for reelection. The city’s overmatched Republicans, meanwhile, have too often been complacent or even complicit........To Read More...
My Take - Hilly's at home in Philly!