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Bob Brady’s Philadelphia Machine



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Rep. Bob Brady (D-PA 1) spoke with MSNBC’s Andrea Mitchell’s earlier this week, and in the interview spoke about the Democrat Election Day strategy in Philadelphia. Accuracy in Media described Brady’s in this way: “his description of street money sounded eerily like vote buying.”

Andrew Breitbart’s Big Journalism offered commentary:

Rep. Brady (who looks and sounds like he came right out of central casting for the part of shady, party boss) shockingly acknowledged that the cash-on-the-streets strategy is not an antiquity but still part of the Democratic Machine’s playbook in 2010: “We still have the street money and we’re very knowledgeable,” he said.

Rather than follow-up on this damaging revelation, Ms. Mitchell continued on with her scripted questions for several minutes until the very end when she decided to follow-up on the inflammatory statement.  But, instead of trying to nail him and make him squirm (as one would expect a reporter to do with a politician in the midst of a serious gaffe) she threw him a safety line.

Battle ‘10 has previous covered Philadelphia’s party shenanigans here and here.

Pia Varma, erstwhile Republican challenger to Brady before she was eliminated from the ballot after having signatures challenged by fellow city Republicans, spoke to Battle ‘10 about the Brady machine, and its impact on city voters.

“This video is just a typical example of the type of behavior demonstrated by Bob Brady and his friends at both the Philadelphia Democratic and Republican City Committees over the past year,” Varma told Battle ‘10. “It also showcases the desperate lengths incumbents are going to maintain power because they know they cannot stand on merit and ideas.”

“The Brady/Meehan/Canuso trifecta [a Democrat-Republican alliance in the city] is as close to an absolute regime as I have seen in this country and should be a warning to other parts of the country of where we are headed.”

Varma recently released a self-published memoir, Brotherly Love, on her experiences with Philadelphia machine politics.



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