#HD182: Want 9 Times Fewer Constituent Services? Reelect Babette Josephs

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When asked to rationalize her sour grapes primary against State Rep. Brian Sims by Chris Brennan, ousted former rep Babette Josephs claimed she’s really running because Rep. Sims doesn’t provide the same level of constituent services she did:

Josephs said she is running again because she hears from former constituents and other politicians — she would not give names — who complain that Sims is not providing constituent services from his state office.

Fortunately, the House Democrats have a Constituent Tracking Service where they keep track of all this stuff, so I reached out to the state office to get the casework numbers.

Here’s a comparison of Babette Josephs’s last year in office, vs. Brian Sims’s first year in office:

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During Babette Josephs’s last year in office, from December 1, 2011 to November 30, 2012 her staff handled 579 constituents cases, and performed a grand total of 681 services. Each case might involve the rendering of multiple services (LIHEAP assistance + Medicaid enrollment) in a single discreet case, which is why the services number is higher.

By comparison, during Brian Sims’s first full year in office from December 1, 2012 to November 30, 2013, his staff handled 5271 cases and provided 9220 services.

It looks like Josephs is right – Brian Sims is not providing the same level of constituent services she did. He’s providing nine times that level. And he’s doing it with fewer staffers.

So there you have it: if you want nine times worse constituent service in the 182nd district, make sure to pull the lever for Babette Josephs on May 20th.

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21 Responses to #HD182: Want 9 Times Fewer Constituent Services? Reelect Babette Josephs

  1. Great constituent service is a must for any state representative’s office. Brian Sims’s office has the numbers to prove. Babette Joseph wants to take us back to the past of poor service. I don’t think so. Brian Sims’s office is open and fully available to his constituents that’s what representative government is all about. Hopefully, Jared Solomon will bring great constituent service to house district 202 as he partners with Brian.

  2. YoungPhillyProgressive says:

    I’m not trying to make excuses, but I do wonder.

    That was the level of service Babette’s office provided in a competitive election year, versus Brian’s level of service in an open year where he was not really facing any challenge.

    Not that politics *should* make a difference in the level of official side service, but I wonder what Babette’s numbers were for year say Dec 2010 to Nov 2011. Or even what her averagge over say the last ten years was.

  3. BucksDEM says:

    Campaigning and legislative offices do not mix, its against the law. That’s not an excuse at all

  4. phillydem says:

    Could you post a link to the source of your data? Thanks.

  5. Sean Kitchen says:

    Winning takes work…

  6. Jeanette Blize says:

    I served as Rep. Josephs’ Chief of staff in her district office during her last 6 years in office and these numbers are just flat out wrong. There is no possible way that we only worked on 579 cases in one year. We helped at least that many seniors, just over the course of a few days, fill out their Property Tax/Rent Rebate applications. Constituent service was Babette’s top priority for the Philadelphia office and we made it our mission to serve each and every person to the fullest extent possible. We also carried out several outreach programs throughout the year in which our staff went into the field to serve constituents all in need of the same service. This is either the result of a flaw in the CTS data base, differences in the way the information was entered, a flaw in the way it was pulled out, or just a blatant lie on the part of Sims’ staff. If it is any of the former reasons, you’ll just have to take my word for it: no one cares more about constituent service than Babette Josephs.

    • Colleen Kennedy says:

      Jeanette, either way, it was completely classless for Babette to bring up constituent services in the first place. It shows her lack of character, and I don’t think it will serve her well in this cycle. If Babette cares about constituent services she would know how completely classless it is to attack district-side staff who are unable to speak out and defend themselves.

    • Then take it up with the Democratic caucus who compiles these numbers.

    • Jon Geeting says:

      If you have some alternative numbers to share I’ll be happy to print them. But obviously your say-so isn’t going to cut it. Babette told me last night they “changed the system” in her last year but I know that’s not true.

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  8. Clay says:

    I find it very interesting that Babette decides to run and when the announcement is made she is in Oregon visiting her daughter and unavailable for comment..One would think if you are going to try and “retake” your seat the day you announce you are in the city let alone maybe the district. The only time I saw Babette was when she was running for re-election. Brian has a real office with a real staff.. Brain is the face of a new generation…. Babette needs to enjoy her retirement.

  9. Question says:

    Is there an actual standard for what counts as “constituent services”? I could see a legislator counting giving state coloring books to a 30 student 3rd grade class as 30 cases in order to pad their numbers.

    • Jon Geeting says:

      I went with cases instead of services for the chart because these are discreet instances where a constituent reached out in need of some kind of service or services. But offices tend to err on the side of being more conservative about this, since if you logged a bunch of coloring books and had to show people later what the services were, that’d be super embarrassing.