PA-Sen: McGinty Gains Support from Philadelphia Elected Officials

Katie_McGintyDemocratic Senate candidate Katie McGinty won a number of endorsements from major Philadelphia elected officials.

“Katie McGinty knows better than any candidate in this race what hardworking Pennsylvanians need and what makes our Commonwealth run,” said Philadelphia Mayor Michael Nutter. “Born and raised in Northeast Philadelphia and the first in her family to attend a four-year college, Katie has proven herself a pragmatic, dedicated public servant. As a U.S. Senator, I know Katie will fight for Pennsylvania’s middle class families, children and seniors.”

Along with the support of Mayor Nutter, McGinty has previously received an endorsement from Gov. Tom Wolf, as well as the President of Philadelphia City Council Darrell L. Clarke.

“Katie McGinty has the fight of a Philadelphian, the empathy of a fierce progressive, and the smart pragmatism of a public servant who knows how to get things done for working people and families. I am proud to support Katie as the Democratic candidate for U.S. Senate in Pennsylvania in 2016,” said Clarke.

“I am honored to have the support of Philadelphia’s elected officials that are working everyday to make sure that every Pennsylvanian can get ahead,” said McGinty.  “As Senator, I will fight to create good paying jobs, raise the minimum wage, protect Social Security and Medicare, and work to make higher education more affordable and I’m grateful to be endorsed by leaders that share these same values.”

The rest of the Philadelphia officials to endorse McGinty are included below:

Alan Butkovitz, City Controller

Mark Squilla, City Council

Jannie Blackwell, City Council          

Curtis Jones, Jr., City Council          

Bobby Henon, City Council  

Cindy Bass, City Council

Blondell Reynolds Brown, City Council At-Large

William Greenlee, City Council At-Large

McGinty is running against Sestak and Braddock Mayor John Fetterman in the 2016 Senate Democratic primary. Incumbent GOP Sen. Pat Toomey is running for re-election.

December 8th, 2015 | Posted in Front Page Stories, Senate, Top Stories | 16 Comments

16 thoughts on “PA-Sen: McGinty Gains Support from Philadelphia Elected Officials”

  1. David Diano says:

    McGinty’s revolving door to $$-

    Betting with Sestak is a sure way to lose.

    McGinty may have a revolving door, but Sestak has a door marked: Emergency Exit for all the staffers.

    Sestak had some union support last time (that is now supporting McGinty). But, I’ve spoken with Dems from Specter’s campaign. They said Specter thought of Sestak as a punk and didn’t take him seriously (preferring to focus on Toomey). Also, much blame was put on his campaign manager (a GOP holdover) who didn’t seen to get democratic primary politics. Finally, there was a lot of resentment against Specter for his republican past (especially Anita Hill).

    So, take away all of Specter’s missteps and bad blood/history, because McGinty doesn’t suffer from any of the maladies that hurt Specter. Throw in the facts that Sestak is more weird, unliked, and irrelevant, and has half as much money as last time.

  2. McGinty's revolving door to $$ says:

    Sestak beat the establishment last time against Spector. The Admiral knows how to win, obviously. Harry Reid even closed down the Senate to come up here to campaign for Spector and Reid and Dems Inc. had to eat crow. I’ll place my bet with Sestak.

  3. David Diano says:

    Anonymous –

    I agree.

    Revolving Door-

    The Democratic party supports unions. And candidates without union support tend to do poorly. Fetterman’s lack of union support is likely do to his more long-shot status, rather than any policy disagreements on labor.

    Sestak’s lack of union support is three-fold:
    1) The unions want to get in good with Wolf through McGinty
    2) Sestak lost his nurse’s union endorsement by taking them for granted and not supporting them last year
    3) Joe’s abuses of staff are becoming more well know and infamous. The unions really don’t want to associate with a guy whose workers should be striking against him.

  4. underthedome says:

    Hahahahaha revolving door. Boy is it clear you’ve never been close enough to even smell what’s going on in harrisburg. McG may be a lot of things, but not hard working is a first.

  5. Anonymous says:

    Neither McGinty nor Sestak would make a good Senator. McGinty is too inexperienced and is being pushed down our throats by the party. As others have said, Sestak also only cares about himself. He treats his young staffers like dirt and uses everyone and anyone, only helping other candidates when it benefits him. Joe’s ego comes first before all else. I don’t know that much about Fetterman but I pray that he’s better than these two because I won’t vote for Toomey and DO NOT want to vote for McGinty or Sestak.

    Unfortunately, McGinty will win though. Money and organization are what win elections and she will have both. The final nail in the coffin of the Sestak campaign will be the upcoming fundraising deadline. McGinty will catch up to or pass his total. We’ll see what Fetterman can do,

  6. McGinty's revolving door to $$ says:

    To Brad C.
    Yes, agreed, the more endorsements McGinty gets from labor unions and politicians, the more McGinty proves that she is the insider, establishment puppet—as you said, the Rendell pawn. You’d think McGinty would tell PoliticsPA to stop with the almost daily, certainly weekly, announcements. Which leads me to my other conclusion that unlike Joe Sestak who works and puts his boots on the ground, she is running a public relations campaign while probably sitting in the board room of some corporate or government office planning TV ads. Does she actually work at anything?? Fetterman actually works at being Mayor. Retail politics is hard, but that is not what McGinty has ever been about–working hard.

  7. Lee says:

    Joe Sestak is a pompous self serving man who has tried to convince everyday people he is just like them. In August 2009 I attended a 83rd Infantry Division Reunion (BATTLE OF THE BULGE VETERANS) with my Father-In-Law a veteran from the 83rd. I had taken him to other reunions that he enjoyed caching up with his friends. Joe Sestak was the Keynote Speaker to that reunion dinner. Understand 80% of the room was not from Pennsylvania. Most speakers at other reunions I had attended gave honor and respect to these men who by their courage and sacrifice had saved he Free World. Not Joe Sstak he launched into an outrageous campaign speech for himself for the Senate Primary. After the speech I had a chance to tell Sestak how inappropriate his speech was for this Veterans Reunion. The following week I went to work supporting Arlen Specter. My Father-In-Law went to his grave with shrapnel in his back and lived with losing his best friend in battle and this pompous little man gave him a Campaign Speech at the last reunion he would attend before he passed away. I would never vote for Joe Sestak for anything.

  8. Brad C says:

    Each endorsement that comes in for this Rendell pawn is further proof of how rotten the state party is.

    Nobody who has ever worked with Sestak seems to like him, not to mention Sestak’s family doesn’t even live in Pennsylvania. That’s why I’ve voting for Fetterman.

  9. David Diano says:

    Randy Paul-

    Allow me to channel the honest answer (were Joe capable of honest answer):

    “Joe”: I don’t expect to be useful as a Senator. I just want a fancy title and office where I can boss around and abuse my underlings, and satisfy my massive ego. Also, I get to live in my real house in Alexandria, VA every night.

  10. Randy Paul says:

    My only concern with Joe is: If your own colleagues don’t like you, how do you expect to be useful as a senator? As much as it irks people, Insiders actually accomplish projects for their state. Populists just make noise and then run for President (see Ted Cruz).

    I’m still troubled by McGinty’s lobbyist past, but the Sestak staffer concerns trouble me even more.

  11. David Diano says:


    Talk to some of Sestak’s former female staffers, including the one who was told by Joe’s right hand man, Bill Walsh, to “shut the f*ck up, you were hired for your looks, not your opinions, and your job is to look good for Joe”. (Note: Bill was Joe’s District manager of Delco congressional office, and the girl was a congressional staffer.)

    I’m sure that there have been plenty of women Sestak has treated worse than Specter treated Anita Hill. (And these are women on his own team).

    Don’t know if this lower case version is the real you, or an imitator. Leaning towards imitator, since I agree, and real you claimed to have fixed spelling of handle on all devices.

    But, yes, much of it is payback for Sestak screwing up a coup to steal an R to the D’s. But, we lost opportunity to spend Specter’s $10 million cash on hand against Toomey. Specter owned the middle in PA, and Sestak handed it to Toomey. Also, Sestak ran afoul of the state party by refusing to pay party workers minimum wage, and being a general lying pr*ck (and bat-sh*t crazy to more than a few).

    Let’s not forget that Sestak is only a tourist visiting PA, who purchased some local property, but remains based in Alexandria, VA with his very nice wife and daughter.

  12. McGinty's revolving door to $$ says:

    Sestak beat the entire Democratic establishment last time he ran. Expect him to do so again.

  13. spongebob says:

    See if it was just Rendell, maybe you’d be onto something. But it’s everyone: Reid, Brady, the entire democratic state legislature (however small that may be), all of the pgh and philly electeds, and every union. Have either the admiral or the giant made any gains on those fronts? Sestak has Cartwright because the dude owes the admiral his seat. And besides Barbara Hafer, I haven’t heard any real ones for Fetterman.

  14. Watcher says:

    Spongebob, what’s clear is how dedicated Rendell is to squashing Sestak for the sin of running against his BFF Arlen Specter. Did Rendell ever explain why Democrats were supposed to go all in for Anita Hill’s persecutor just because Big Eddie said so?
    Fetterman is throwing an interesting spanner into the mix. Probably he doesn’t give a damn what Big Eddie wants ….

  15. spongebob says:

    it’s really becoming clear how much the entire state hates joe sestak

  16. McGinty's revolving door to $$ says:

    Definitely the insider.

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