Federal investigations and controversy over campaign finances have caused the Philadelphia Democratic Party to distance itself from Philadelphia District Attorney Seth Williams, who is seeking reelection to his third term in office next year.
Congressman Bob Brady, who chairs the Democratic Party in Philadelphia, spoke with Bobby Allyn of WHYY Newsworks about how Williams’ reputation could be seriously hurt by the ongoing FBI investigation into his personal and campaign finances.
Much of the scrutiny Williams faces comes after he failed to disclose over $160,000 in gifts on annual financial interests statements between 2010 and 2015.
“The problem with what they know is they’re not that happy with what they know, with all these issues that have come up,” Brady told Allyn. “The idea that there are people lined up to run against an incumbent, that tells it all.”
Brady went on to say that Williams’ precarious position could help his opponents gain more credibility in the election. Potential candidates like former federal prosecutor Joe Khan are already making moves to formally seek the District Attorney position.
“This shows that there are people who feel that he is vulnerable,” Brady continued. “He’s got an investigation looming over his head, and people want to see just how far it goes.”