The Democrat challenging Rep. Pat Meehan (R-Delaware) released a biographical web video Friday afternoon playing up his Philadelphia roots.
“My father always told me, never forget where you came from. I grew up in a south Philadelphia row house, the son of a union longshoreman. I know what it’s like to work hard and fight for what you believe in,” Badey says in a voice over during a picture slide show.
“I have taken on Big Tobacco, the insurance industry, and pharmaceutical companies. Now I am taking on Pat Meehan,” he said in a press release unveiling the 60-second spot.
An attorney, Badey is also Chair of the Radnor Democratic Committee. He’s most well-noted for his successful leadership of the effort to preserve the annual Mummers Parade in Philadelphia.
He has a tough road ahead in the 7th district race.
When Republicans drew the new congressional map, they gerrymandered the 7th district more than any other in the state. They stretched the fairly compact district into Berks and Lancaster counties. It’s former Cook Partisan Coting Index was D+3. Now it’s R+1.
Meehan, a former U.S. Attorney and Delaware County District Attorney, won election to Congress in 2010. Being a suburban Philadelphia Republican, he was considered a top target for Democrats in the presidential election year of 2012.
However, a combination of Meehan’s prolific fundraising (he has about $1 mil on hand), redistricting, and Dems’ slow pace of recruiting, he’s now a favorite to keep the seat.