Bob Brady’s political machine has endorsed Rep. Brendan Boyle for the 13th District House seat, and Congressman Brady is supposedly 100% behind him.
Brady last week made clear that he wanted to back a Philadelphia candidate for the seat. Former City Controller Jonathan Saidel, a close friend of Brady’s, dropped out of the race Tuesday.
“I’m 100% behind Boyle,” Brady said in a statement released by Boyle’s campaign. “We need smart hard working guys like him down in Washington. I look forward to campaigning with him and working together with him in Congress.”
As you see in that first paragraph, Brady supports Boyle so much that he cleared the field for him by stopping his close ally Jonathan Saidel from running.
This isn’t the first time Saidel stood down from a race on Brady’s say-so. He also dropped out of the Philadelphia Mayoral race in 2006 to make way for Batman:
Former city controller Jonathan Saidel and U.S. Rep. Bob Brady (D., Pa.) were so inseparable in city politics that they once referred to themselves as Batman and Robin.
They didn’t specify which one was Batman, but observers never really had any doubts. Brady, as the longtime chairman of the city’s dominant political party, was the leader of this Democratic Duo.
This year it looked as if Robin was ready to emerge from the shadow of his old partner. After 16 years as city controller, Saidel decided to run for mayor in 2007. He opened his campaign headquarters last week, and had raised about $1.2 million [...]
On Sunday, Saidel announced abruptly that he was dropping out of the race. Presumably this means Brady has decided to run for mayor, although he is mum publicly about entering the all-important Democratic primary, which is little more than five months away.
That’s just the kind of power Brady has as chairman of the city Democratic Party. And he uses that power very deliberately.
That is why it’s so interesting to see so many members of the Brady Bunch turning up in the Marjorie Margolies campaign.
We have D.A. Jones:
Marjorie Margolies, candidate for the Democratic nomination in PA-13, today made the first announcements of her campaign team tapping veteran political operative Don (DA) Jones to lead her campaign effort as a Senior Advisor.
Don Jones has over 20 years of national, state and local political experience. He is a veteran campaign strategist with a multitude of experience in competitive campaigns including those of Congressman Robert Brady, Jonathan Saidel for Pennsylvania Lt. Governor and Philadelphia City Controller and the late U.S. Senator Arlen Spector.
And Dylan McGarry:
Known for his expertise in Philadelphia Party and Pennsylvania State Party politics, Dylan most recently worked as Political Director for Southeastern Pennsylvania for Obama for America in 2012. Prior to that, Dylan has worked on numerous campaigns throughout Philadelphia and across Pennsylvania at both the local and state level. In 2011 Dylan served as Finance Director for Kathy Bookvar’s campaign for Pennsylvania Commonwealth Court and Political Director for Maria McLaughlin’s successful run for Court of Common Pleas in Philadelphia. In 2009 and 2010 he served as Chief of Staff on Jonathan Saidel’s campaign for Lieutenant Governor in Pennsylvania.
And Ken Smukler:
Twenty years after being ousted from Congress after one term, Marjorie Margolis, a former Pennsylvania congresswoman and now Chelsea Clinton’s mother-in-law, is planning a political comeback campaign, Ken Smukler, her senior political adviser, confirmed to CBSNews.com.
All top people on the Margolies campaign, all deeply tied to the Bob Brady political machine.
Are we seeing Bob Brady hedging his bet on Boyle by sticking some hooks into Marjorie Margolies? I think so. While it’s easy to see why the Brady organization likes Boyle – the flipside of his dependence on their turnout operation is that they can easily replace him if he doesn’t do what they want in Congress. He is the easiest of the candidates for them to influence, and would have the least independence from the machine once in office.
The next best choice for them is Marjorie Margolies. She’s a very establishment-friendly politician who is unlikely to buck the Brady machine on any of their legislative priorities. And she probably wouldn’t stay in Congress long, buying the Brady Bunch some time to find a replacement candidate from Philly.
Daylin Leach is going to have a national netroots donor base and excited volunteers, and would enter office not owing the machine anything. And Valerie Arkoosh, while a high quality candidate, doesn’t have a natural political base. She’ll be able to raise a lot of money from Allyson Schwartz’s base in the hospital executive set, but she’s an untested political newcomer and that’s risky.
With the Boyle campaign looking like an amateur operation, I would not be surprised if we started to see some more Brady Bunchers moving over into the Margolies camp, even as Brady continues to formally back Boyle.