The FBI, stop-and-frisk, and a historic upset. See who made this week’s list!
John Estey. It’s never good news when you get dangled up with the FBI. Over the weekend, we learned that Governor Rendell’s former Chief of Staff is going to plead guilty to wire fraud charges. Eventually, Estey’s own misconduct got him involved in an undercover sting operation to find other instances of political corruption. In fact, it appears there may be a connection between Estey and former State Treasurer Rob McCord’s similar situation. This whole episode continues to gather steam and could be quite the spectacle once it finally boils over.
Donald Trump. Contrary to popular belief, America is no stranger to surprise, outsider presidential nominees: William Jennings Bryan, Wendell Willkie, Barry Goldwater, George McGovern. Trump, however, very well may take the cake. Very few people predicted that he could actually win the GOP nomination but this week the party rallied around him after his win in Indiana. Remember, though, that all those names above failed to ultimately win the presidency. At this moment CNN, the Cook Political Report and Sabato’s Crystal Ball all have Pennsylvania (as well as the entire Electoral College map) leaning toward Hillary Clinton. One miracle is hard enough to pull off, but to win the ultimate prize “The Donald” will somehow have to perform another.
Jim Kenney. The Philadelphia Mayor wanted to heal the city’s internal divisions after his 2015 victory. That goal is proving much more difficult than he initially thought. Controversy over whether the city’s police force has actually moved away from “stop-and-frisk” policies, as Kenney promised they would, ignited a raucous crowd at a forum the Mayor attended. Kenney’s dour body language angered protestors and epitomized the whole sad situation. As the Bard wrote, “uneasy lies the head that wears a crown.”
John Sabatina. Not all elections end on Election Night. Such was the case in the SD-5 Democratic primary between incumbent State Senator John Sabatina and State Rep. Kevin Boyle. This week, though, Boyle finally conceded after losing by just 602 votes. Given the heavily Democratic nature of the 5th district, Sabatina should be secure in that seat for as long as he wants.
Seth Williams. The Philadelphia District Attorney just can’t escape his connection with controversial prosecutor and Kathleen Kane archenemy Frank Fina. On Wednesday, Philly Councilwoman Cindy Bass and Helen Gym vigorously condemned Williams’ decision to retain Fina and two other prosecutors on his staff who were involved in the lewd email chains during their time in the AG’s office. Williams’ decision to hitch his wagon to these men get more baffling by the day.
The tweet of the week goes to Councilwoman Bass and concerns Seth Williams.
I'm not looking for love, but answers! https://t.co/kAfdgETHpJ
— Cindy Bass (@cindybassphilly) May 4, 2016