Game On: Update Petitions

Both major candidates have now filed in the heating up race for Congress in the newly drawn 7th Congressional District.  Republican incumbent Pat Meehan announced today he has filed 4,750 signatures with the PA Department of State to become an official candidate.  A minimum of 1,000 signatures is required.  Democrat George Badey says he has submitted in excess of 3,000 signatures, gathered from all 5 counties in the 7th.  Badey says he is “gratified by the support” which he garnered in about 3 weeks since enterting the race only recently.  He says a formal announcement of his candidacy will come in the next couple of weeks.

Badey vs. Meehan in PA 7th.

Attorney George Badey, of Radnor, continues his steady march toward officially declaring his candidacy for Congress as a Democrat and challenging incumbent Congressman Pat Meehan, a Republican, in the 7th Congressional District.

Badey tells me today that he continues to concentrate on gathering signatures on his candidacy petitions ahead of Tuesday’s filing deadline. He appeared comfortable in getting more than enough signatures.

Badey, chair of the Radnor Democratic Committee, indicated that he will wait until after the filing deadline to declare his candidacy in a formal event and that it may not be immediately after the deadline.

Courtesy Meehan for Congress

 

The Meehan campaign responded today to how the race is shaping up. Campaign spokesperson John Elizandro says, “Congressman Meehan is focused on his agenda to create jobs and strengthen our economy, and he looks forward to a vigorous campaign with whomever is nominated.”

The race is likely to get a lot more direct. Assuming Meehan and Badey become the nominees, this could be among the area’s most active races with clear distinctions of political philosophy.

As for the 7th District itself, Democrat Joe Sestak had the job in Congress, having defeated Republican Curt Weldon, but Sestak decided not to seek a third term in 2010. Republican Meehan entered the race and easily won his first term.

The 7th is newly drawn after the last census. While the district still includes Delaware County and its large population, it on the books appears more Republican than before. It now includes Delaware County and parts of Chester, Lancaster, Berks and Montgomery Counties. However, Democrats say Barack Obama still got more votes in 2008, about 4 percent, within the new district lines than John McCain.

Cheers to Local 2493!

Yes, Cheers Cheers Cheers to IAFF Local 2493 this afternoon and evening at Casey’s Saloon in Drexel Hill, where thousands of dollars has been raised for the Muscular Dystrophy Association and research into neuromuscular diseases.  Firefighters from all over stopped by, from as far away as Scranton, and yes, even Heidelberg, Germany! 

Local President Peter Huf told me, “We pool our resources.  We help each other.  It’s great.”  This was the 6th annual “Pour for the Cure.”  The event replaces the local Fill-the-Boot campaign and has turned out to be even more successful thanks to the dedication of the volunteers and supporters of the effort.  Former U.S. Attorney Pat Meehan stopped by while I was there. (See photo.)

The Camden County Emerald Society Pipes and Drums burst through the jammed saloon.  This is their 5th year of helping this event.  Greater Overbrook String Band performed, too.  Greater Overbrook recently relocated to Upper Darby, making Delaware County their home.

A great evening and even more fuel for hope for folks in the hearts of the people at MDA!