PA-13: Boyle Address Feud with Stack, Special Election Loss
Simply put, candidates matter.
Of course, it’s difficult to imagine him saying anything else when the Democratic candidate wasn’t the person he wanted.
“Candidate quality matters,” Boyle said. “Candidate quality is the number one most important thing and the willingness of that candidate to work. If there is a high quality Democratic candidate running next year who talks about some of the things that I talked about I think that Democratic candidate will do very well and has a great shot at winning. If there’s a poor candidate and Martina White does a good job then she has a good chance of holding onto the seat.”
It’s simple to surmise who Boyle believes that quality Democratic candidate is because he pushed for him this year. Congressman Boyle and his brother, State Rep. Kevin Boyle, were backing their top staffer Seth Kaplan for that spot.
On the other hand, Lieutenant Governor Mike Stack wanted his longtime friend John Del Ricci. Ultimately, John’s wife Sarah got the nomination and the political novice proved a disappointment on the trail.
Speaking of Kevin Boyle, his brother was also asked about the incident earlier this month in which Tonya Stack apparently flipped him off and threw a cup of soda at him.
“I heard about that from an aide, and it was reported by a number of people as well,” the Congressman told Dent. “There were about a couple hundred people there. It was a unique situation that we’d never faced. I saw Kevin’s comments. Whatever personal differences there may be … people have to behave themselves in an appropriate manner. And I think that certainly for my brother and myself we’d rather focus on public policy and issues and not some of the other stuff that will occasionally happen and in some ways distract from the good work we do.”
It’s hard to believe Brendan wouldn’t ask his brother what happened that night but given the silence from both sides since the incident, it would appear things have cooled off. At least for now.