Well primary season is over, which means it’s time for the party to rally being their nominee and pretend that all the attacks over the last few months never happened. To borrow a phrase, it truly is a tradition unlike any other.
All four Democratic gubernatorial candidates met for breakfast this morning at the Oregon dinner in South Philadelphia.
The candidates were fulfilling a promise that Congressman Bob Brady extracted from them at their last debate, that they would all hold a “unity breakfast” together after it was all said and done.
Appropriately, Rep. Brady joined them as did former Governor Ed Rendell, Senator Bob Casey, and PA Democratic Party Chair Jim Burn.
For those interested in such things, Brady and Burn bracketed the group by sitting on both ends. Rendell, Wolf and Schwartz sat on one side while McCord, Casey and McGinty sat on the other.
The participants allowed photographers to snap pictures but questions were not permitted.
According to Chris Brennan of the Philadelphia Daily News, Rendell insisted that no one would take questions but did concede that this event was “a good first step” after the primary. Brennan also reported that McCord arrived fifteen minutes late.
The PA GOP, as you might imagine, isn’t buying the kumbaya moment.
“The Democrats need to realize that all of the staged photos opportunities in the world won’t change the fact that a lot of unanswered questions remain about Tom Wolf,” Communications Director Megan Sweeney said. “Did anything in particular change Allyson Schwartz and Rob McCord’s strong opinions about Tom Wolf, or are they just appeasing the Democrat Party bosses? Pennsylvanians can see through this weak attempt by Tom Wolf and the Pennsylvania Democratic Party bosses to pretend that their Party is anything but fractured.”