SD-5: Sabatina Retains His Seat

John-SabatinaIt was a close race in Pennsylvania’s 5th Senatorial District between State Rep. Kevin Boyle and incumbent John Sabatina, but Sabatina was able to secure the victory with 50.89 percent of the vote (17,186) while Boyle had 49.11 percent (16,584).

State Rep. Boyle did not want to throw in the towel until all absentee ballots were accounted for.

“I congratulated Senator Sabatina on a hard fought victory,” Boyle told PoliticsPA. “His campaign and team worked very hard over the last year. I look forward to working with them and unifying the Philadelphia Democratic Party. I also want to thank my supporters for their commitment to my campaign. We ran a very aggressive campaign and earned over 49% of the vote against an incumbent who between his old state House district and fathers 56th ward represented over 40% of voters for at least decade.”

Sabatina was tapped last year to fill former Lt. Gov. Mike Stack’s old seat in a special election.

Sabatia will go on to face Republican nominee, Ross Feinberg, but will most likely win the general election in the mostly Democratic district.

The 5th Senatorial District includes parts of Northeast Philadelphia County.

May 5th, 2016 | Posted in Front Page Stories, Harrisburg, Top Stories | 23 Comments

23 thoughts on “SD-5: Sabatina Retains His Seat”

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  3. Saab-a-cheat-ah says:

    Hilarious…that most of these comments are from the side that WON. Classy bunch you knuckledraggers are….

  4. Saab-a-cheat-ah says:

    Big Poppy….I guess you missed the 600 votes Lil’ Johnny missed –eh?
    And, for the record, it was the SABATINA’s that went negative first you dumba@@. Now go back to your video games in your mom’s basement and let us men handle the politics son.

  5. Zakrey Bissell says:

    I think for Kevin Boyle might replace Josh Shapiro as Montgomery County Commissioner in 2017 but I don’t think for he will be getting accepted for the job.

  6. Charlie Pont says:

    I join Big Poppy’s cogent analysis of the Boyle Brothers. They sure cut their ally Fran Nelms loose in the 170th House District when he no longer fit into their plans.Fran Nelms is a decent young man. I hope he learned a valuable lesson in all of this. Don’t trust the Boyle Brothers. They are only out for themselves.

  7. Deadbeat says:

    The south philly ufo sighting was Doc flying his drone over the guy’s house who he suckered punch. He’s trying to spy and harass him. FBI when are u going to lock this scum up??? When he really hurts someone it’s on your watch

  8. David Diano says:

    . says-

    Give it up? Give what up?

    I wasn’t supporting Boyle. I had supported Sabatina. Why would you think I had supported Boyle?

    I was commenting about him hanging on for the absentee ballots, as many candidates and Bernie supporters do.

    AnonymousObserver –

    I agree. I was just pointing out what Boyle had posted. He was making a big deal about “making sure every vote was counted” as if there were some question about it (or it would have made a difference in the outcome).

  9. AnonymousObserver says:

    Diano: My understanding was that it was 600 absentee ballots *total*. Some of them were Republican ballots, which wouldn’t count in the Democratic race at all. I think it was more like 350 Democratic absentees. Boyle never stood a chance after election night.

  10. . says:

    Diano: Boyle lost, Sabatina won. Give it up. Stop complaining about absentee ballots. You sound exactly like Bernie supporters who get ripped for complaining about them. You seem bitter when any one of you preferred candidates lose- it’s really unappealing.

  11. FOP says:

    How can the FOP back Doc and help him why Doc is trying to sink one of there own. Barrysable.com. look who paid for the website. Trying to jam up a cop. Total scum

  12. David Diano says:

    RecycledRendellHacks-

    That would be some trick to pull off.

    But, my comment was more on the math of it. It’s the same kind of wishful thinking math coming from the Bernie supporters. It’s just kind of funny.

  13. RecycledRendellHacks says:

    @ David Diano Boyle was hoping Johnny Doc could shake down his bought and paid for Election Commissioners to come up with some old Rizzo styled trickery. Get Lost BOYLE!! You cost the party money we could have used to run against Republicans. I hope it costs you the state rep seat. Your cancer

  14. David Diano says:

    “State Rep. Boyle did not want to throw in the towel until all absentee ballots were accounted for.”

    When the original count had Sabatina ahead by 500, Boyle posted on his FB page that it wasn’t over until the 600 absentee ballots were counted.

    When’s the last time anyone saw the absentee ballots go 550 to 50?

  15. Joker says:

    Johnney boy – 2016 just not to good for you. Kevin your brother won NOT because of you. You be be Joke.
    don’t no body like you. Big joke jonney boy
    OPM
    Other peoples Money
    better find hiding place soon.

  16. HaHaHa says:

    Speaking of political pigs:

    http://www.newsworks.org/index.php/local/business-a-economy/93397-city-council-members-renew-call-for-dismissing-3-philly-prosecutors-linked-to-porngate-

    Not only has Seth Williams not fired the racist Fina, But Seth Williams is letting Frank Fina run the Philadelphia DA’s Office.

    How else can the hiring of the new 2nd-in-command Kathy Martin be explained?

    Martin has a shady background (representing rapists, drug dealers and murderers). She was a part time prosecutor for a cup of coffee in rural PA somewhere. And then – all of a sudden – she is 2nd in Command in a big city D.A.’s Office (Philadelphia)!!!

    Weird huh?

    Kathy Martin’s title is “Chief of Staff” and “General Counsel.” She has ZERO general counsel experience and just about no prosecutorial experience. Did she interview with the Hiring Committee? Did she get vetted by HR folks? How did she walk off the street into a six-figure salary with the City?

    Hmmmmmm …… Let’s see …..

    When Kathleen Kane won the AG race, but before she took office, then Deputy AG Frank Fina finalized his “unjust” plea deal with Tyron Ali – the con-man cooperator in the sting case. Bruce Beemer, the 1st Asst at the OAG who testified AGAINST Kane, called Fina’s plea deal “unjust.” Frank Fina dropped all of the over 2,000 criminal charges that were pending against Tyron Ali. Fina also let Ali keep the $430K he stole from a non-profit set up to help children. That was taxpayer $$$. Wh’d Fina let him keep it?

    Con-man Tyron Ali is represented by Bob Levant. Fina negotiated that sweet deal, in the 11th hour (right before Kane was set to take over) with attorney Bob Levant.

    And now Fina is suing the AG’s Office for more taxpayer money. And guess who one of his attorneys is? Yep — Bob Levant.

    Rumor has it that Bob Levant has also helped Seth Williams with the FBI’s criminal investigation into Williams.

    A ways back, Seth Williams hired Frank Fina. Whether he knew of Fina’s “e-mail issues” when he hired Fina we may never know. But Williams certainly knows now. And the Superior Court just called Fina’s conduct in the Penn State case “highly improper.” Williams certainly knows that too.

    “Chief of Staff/General Counsel” is a high paying job. Six figures. Seth Williams hired Kathy Martin off the street into that job. She has zero general counsel experience and hardly any prosecutorial experience.

    But – Kathy Martin is Bob Levant’s wife!!

    Now – Seth Williams’ “Chief of Staff” is in the Press, speaking on behalf of the Philadelphia DA’s Office, defending and praising her husband’s racist client – Frank Fina.

    Huge coincidence, huh?? I think not. It’s no wonder that Williams refuses to fire Fina. They are in bed together. Levant and Martin are on that stinky mattress too.

    Is it OK that Kathy Martin, a high-paid City employee, has a financial interest in smearing the AG and propping up her husband’s racist client – Frank Fina?

    Is it OK that Seth Williams has a financial interest in keeping Fina around? Just look at who is running Seth Williams’ PAC. His name is Mike Barley. And he is a Corbett guy – just like Frank Fina. Google “on the Rocks – Seth Williams” and read the article. You will see Seth Williams’ motive here — political survival. He has no friends and no money. Fina & The Corbett Pervs are his only hope!!

  17. BigPoppy says:

    I think the Boyle Brothers are political pigs. They wasted alot of money and split the unions apart and wasted the unions money and man power for there gain. Doc you need to distance yourself from them and bring everyone back together. I think McNesby learned a good lesson backing the Boyles. They are corrupt and there plan of running a negative campaign backed fire. Serves you right. You missing 250 votes sunk you. You claim to be working for the working families, you don’t show up to work for us. The unions on Sabs side was a force. Thank God Sab won. Can’t stand the Boyles Ego’s. Northeast has spoken.

  18. HaHaHa says:

    NE guy – with are you talking about? Who is Lisa Myers? And who is her “hubby?”

  19. Confused? says:

    That’s an odd comment by Boyle. Between his brother’s congressional seat, his brother’s old state rep district, and his state rep district, didn’t they represent a far greater portion of the Senate district than the Sabatinas?

  20. NE guy says:

    Maybe Lisa Myers should worry more about her Coke habit and who the “hubby” is doing!!!!

  21. AnonymousObserver says:

    “…an incumbent who between his old state House district and fathers 56th ward represented over 40% of voters for at least decade.”

    Well at least he managed to still be a prick about it.

  22. Jessica Myers says:

    Another “L” for that loser Johhny Doc.

  23. HaHaHa says:

    Kelly – You missed the part where Boyle is a Johnny Doc guy and is again a LOSER. You also missed the fact that Johnny Doc’s guy hired actors to pretend they were “Boyle Supporters.”

    LOL …. The guy is getting desperate!! From PhillyMag:

    “So if a man approached you at your polling place in Bustleton and passionately explained why you should vote for Kevin Boyle, who could blame you if you took his advice?

    But if this happens to you today, you should probably take the guy’s comments with a grain of salt — or a gallon of salt. Because he very well might be an actor.

    A tipster forwarded us an email that a casting company sent to aspiring actors in the area on April 25th. We knew it was going to be good because the subject line reads, “Extras Needed for Polling Stations.”

    Inside the email, the King of Prussia-based Mike Lemon Casting says “‘extras’ [are] needed for polling stations to support the candidate Kevin Boyle (Democrat). Will be needed from 7am-8pm at different polling stations around Philadelphia. A script and information will be given to each person.” A script! Oh, and they’ll be paid, of course — with money and booze. “$120/each (lunch included and food/open bar at party afterwards),” says the email.

    Boyle’s campaign did not immediately respond to a request for comment. Mike Lemon Casting didn’t return our calls, either.

    To be clear, this appears to be an ad looking for people to act like supporters outside of polling places, not an ad looking to pay people to vote. Still, our tipster wasn’t pleased with the email. “We all get bit work,” the person said. “It’s a sad day, though, when the people flagging you down on your way to vote are driven by nothing more than Stanislavski and the need to cover a portion of the rent.””

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