PA-13: Boyle Address Feud with Stack, Special Election Loss

Brendan-Boyle-2013Congressman Brendan Boyle has a simple and unsurprising explanation for why the Democrats lost the HD-170 special election.

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.

In an interview with Mark Dent of Billy Penn, the Congressman discussed Republican Martina White’s victory in his old State House seat.

“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.

April 22nd, 2015 | Posted in Congress, Front Page Stories, Top Stories | 13 Comments

13 thoughts on “PA-13: Boyle Address Feud with Stack, Special Election Loss”

  1. Peter says:

    Thanks bluebellbluedog or should we call you perennial loser Jim Crumlish?

  2. Lee says:

    After the 170th fiasco caused by the Boyle Brothers. The voters should turn them both out of office in the next election cycle. They have shown their pettiness and Indifference to the Democrats in the 170th. Maybe their old buddy Johnny Doc could give them a job after their out of office. They already do business with Doc regularly.

  3. Steve says:

    Boyle is the expert on candidates? Remember when he ran the state’s house democratic campaign committee? He drove it in the ground and cost epic losses that continued after he left. Myra not even a democrat. He’s a selfish individualist. He couldn’t get a real job and keep it.

  4. john says:

    Grow up Boyle brothers

  5. Soseki says:

    Over the wintry
    forest, winds howl in rage
    with no leaves to blow.

  6. Abraham Lincoln says:

    Penny for your thoughts?

  7. Rodney King says:

    Cant we all just get along?

  8. Congressman Robert Brady says:

    I still love Rhubarb pie.

  9. Whistleblower says:

    showing a lack of courage or determination; timid.
    synonyms: timorous, cowardly, fearful, faint-hearted, lily-livered, spineless, craven, shrinking; informalchicken, gutless, wimpy, wimpish, sissy, yellow, yellow-bellied
    “with the tough issues facing this city, the last thing we need is another pusillanimous Congressman and State Rep” ie: Brendan and Fredo

  10. No more anon comments, PoliticsPA! says:

    1) a mythical, cave-dwelling being depicted in folklore as either a giant or a dwarf, typically having a very ugly appearance.

    2) One who posts a deliberately provocative message to a newsgroup or message board with the intention of causing maximum disruption and argument

  11. Bluebellbluedog says:

    Clearly the smarter brother on the Pepsi-gate fiasco. Almost a perfect answer- except for the gratuitous shot at fellow democrat who lost.
    Maybe Congressman Brendon should get his brother’s cell phone number and give him a call next time and ask about what happened in public in his district rather than talking to the “aide” (Seth Kaplan?).

  12. NE Philly Observer says:

    One word – A@@hole.

    Next time we vote for a Democrat and not a Boyle!

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