Former Philadelphia City Controller Jonathan Saidel will not run to replace Allyson Schwartz in Congress. He cited support for former Congresswoman Marjorie Margolies.
“Over the past few days, I have had conversations with Marjorie Margolies and national Democratic leaders,” Saidel told Philly Clout in a statement. “I respect the Clinton family’s support of Marjorie as family and friend and in recognition for her deciding vote for the Clinton budget cast 20 years ago this summer.”
He had formed an exploratory committee in March.
A Margolies candidacy would be a game changer in the race, which for now is a wide open primary in the Montgomery County/Philadelphia district. Democratic primary voters are split almost 50-50 between the southeast Montco and northeast Philly.
She served from 1993 to 1995 when PA-13 was a swing district, and thus far has been very restrained in her public remarks about a possible run. It is now a safe seat for Democrats.
In the meantime, Saidel’s exist leaves
just one candidate from Philadelphia*: state Rep. Brendan Boyle.
He boasted a big endorsement Tuesday in the immediate aftermath of Saidel’s exit: Congressman and Philly Democratic committee chair Bob Brady.
“I’m 100% behind Boyle. 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,” Brady said in a Boyle press release.
“I’m honored to have the full backing of Congressman Brady,” said Boyle. “I have always had great respect for our party’s chairman and I am glad to have his support.”
He also said he had the endorsements of several labor groups: Fraternal Order of Police Lodge 5, Sprinklerfitters Local 692, Steamfitters Local 420, Plumbers Local 690, Ironworkers Local 401, Operating Engineers, Teamsters Local 115, IBEW Local 98 and the Transport Workers Union.
Physician and activist Valerie Arkoosh and state Sen. Daylin Leach – both of Montco – have also declared their candidacies.
Many other prospective names have surfaced, too.