PA-13: Philly Dems Endorse Boyle

Rep. Boyle
Rep. Boyle

The Philadelphia Democratic Party endorsed State Representative Brendan Boyle (D-Philadelphia) in Pennsylvania’s 13th Congressional District race.

Boyle, the only candidate running for the seat who is from Philadelphia proper, received widespread support from city officials, including official endorsements from State Senator Mike Stack, City Controller Alan Butkovitz and Councilman Bobby Henon.

“I am proud to have the support of the Democratic Party in Philadelphia’s portion of the 13th district,” said Boyle. “This endorsement is another sign that our campaign continues to build momentum every day. We have received backing from the overwhelming majority of elected officials across Philadelphia, and it shows that our message of advocating for working families rather than just the hyper wealthy is clearly resonating with voters across the district.”

Boyle aired his first ad this week which discussed how he plans to change that culture of “the hyper wealthy” in Washington.

Butkovitz nominated Boyle for the endorsement, and that nomination was then seconded by 55th Ward leader Bob Dellavella. Boyle then received votes of support from State Sen. Stack and Ward leaders Pat Parkinson, Lorraine Bednarik, Sharon Losier, Shawn Dillon, Bernice Hill and Danny Savage.

“We need representation in Washington that will fight for families in communities across Philadelphia,” said 61st Ward leader Sharon Losier. “I’ve been privileged to work with Brendan on a variety of issues over the past several years, and look forward to continuing that work when he becomes our next Congressman. Electing Brendan will ensure that we have an advocate in Congress who understands the needs of our community because they are part our community, something that is important to keep moving Philadelphia forward.”

This endorsement is a big pickup for Boyle who faces a dense field for the Democratic primary in May. Boyle is campaigning against physician Val Arkoosh, State Senator Daylin Leach and former Congresswoman Marjorie Margolies as he attempts to win the Democratic nomination.

 

9 Responses

  1. Boyle is doing a good job of differentiating himself from his opponents. This will serve him well.

  2. The money thing matters less for Boyle, and unlike the rest of the candidates he has a totally different base.

  3. The peanut gallery would be out in full force had the Philly Democrats not endorsed Brendan Boyle. It is a Catch-22 for Boyle. Either way he is going to get snarky comments from people like Phil Perspective who seem to delight in name-calling on this and other blogs instead of engaging in intelligent conversation.

    As for cash-on-hand, Brendan Boyle has enough to make his voice heard. What will probably determine the election is the campaigns’ GOTV. The race is fluid because of the large number of candidates, so the campaign that can get its supporters to the polls will win. Brendan Boyle has a strong field organization as indicated by the large number of nominating positions he submitted. Boyle’s name will also appear first on the ballot for the Congressional race. He is in a very good position.

  4. I would love to see some polling on this race. With Margolies appearing weaker by the day with lackluster fundraising, and even worse campaign management, it will be interesting to see how the 3 Montgomery County candidates split the votes. That’s Boyle’s only hope, but if he gets enough Philly votes, and the other 3 split Montco, he could steal this thing.

  5. How are you so sure Boyle will finish 3rd or 4th? More of the district is in Philly now that there was before.

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