Green For Congress? Cohen? More Names Join PA-13 Conversation
Could Philadelphia City Councilman Bill Green take a pass on a mayoral campaign and run for Congress? His name has popped up as a potential replacement for Rep. Allyson Schwartz.
Philadelphia Magazine took a look at the possibility, including the fact that Green’s father and grandfather each served in Congress. His dad was mayor, too, and most believe he’ll run for that office in 2015.
He responded in a statement: “I would love to serve in Congress. Because my grandfather and father so distinguished themselves in that job people have always suspected that might be a goal of mine, but that’s not where I am headed now.”
Three Philadelphia political observers PoliticsPA spoke with said the move was highly unlikely, but the rumor mill is entertaining.
Green, 47, lives in Chestnut Hill – a few blocks outside the 13th district (the law doesn’t require candidates live in their congressional district).
PoliticsPA published a list of 12 Democrats who might be contenders for the seat in February. We took as our premise that Schwartz is going to run for Governor as she has given every indication of doing. Additionally, given the district demographics, we’re calling it a safe Democratic seat. It comprises parts of southern Montgomery County and northern Philadelphia.
Two other names have surfaced since our initial list, including one familiar to politicos: State Rep. Mark Cohen. The 63-year old Philadelphia Democrat has been floating his name according to a number of politicos, including several who attended last weekend’s Pa. Progressive Summit.
Cohen is among the most liberal members of the state House (and is its senior member). But it’s not clear how well he’d adapt to life as a legislator in DC given that members of Congress aren’t eligible for per diems.
Finally, we have Jared Solomon, a young former Sestak staffer and attorney. A few activists in SEPA have floated his name for the spot. Here’s a nice Daily News profile of him and his after-school basketball program.