Another election day, another edition for Clout’s Three Questions, when we wrangle as many politicians as possible, asking them to say in public what everyone else is talking about in private.
Who wins the May Democratic primary for mayor of Philadelphia?
What does mayor mean Jim Kenney do next?
When does the government elect Josh Shapiro run for presidency?
Some danced and ducked, hoping to avoid trouble. Others dove into it. Out of 26 interviews, here are our top 12. Note: We couldn’t find anyone who thought Shapiro wouldn’t run for president.
Rep. Brendan Boyle joked that the Philly Phanatic will grow into a field of 25 candidates, drawing requests from Republicans to see his birth certificate from the Galapagos Islands. He hopes Kenney will have a good vacation. For Shapiro, Boyle said predictions are risky: “If you predicted the last two presidents would be an African American with the middle name Hussein, followed by a celebrity from the 1980s-1990s. donald trump you would have been laughed out of the room.
Former State Senator. Vince Fumo said the West Philly state representative. Amen Brown could “run in the middle” in a crowded field of progressive and centrist candidates. Fumo is still angry with Kenney, once a trusted aide, and says, “He better get out of town quick” after his police protective duty leaves. And Fumo isn’t sure the country would accept a Jewish president. “Josh is a great guy. I don’t think he’s serious about being president.
Mike Stack III, the former lieutenant governor, said he could run for mayor as an independent. “If Mike Stack is in, I’d bet on Mike Stack.” On Kenney: “We could write a Broadway show about it. He is disillusioned. And for Shapiro: “As soon as possible. He’s been planning this since elementary school.
Sen. Bob Casey launched on the mayoral race and predicts that Kenney will have a very successful life after office. For Shapiro: “Josh has a good chance of being governor for two terms. He should consider [the best timing].”
Former city councilor Cherelle Parker, a mayoral candidate, endorsed herself and said she had no idea what Kenney would do next. On Shapiro: “As soon as his mission is accomplished for the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania.”
Former City Comptroller Rebecca Rhynhart, a mayoral candidate, named herself the main winner and predicted, with a flair for understatement, that Kenney would walk away. “Looks like he doesn’t like his job.” On Shapiro: “As soon as he has a real opportunity.”
Former city councilor Maria Quinones Sanchez, a candidate for mayor, likes Maria Quinones Sanchez‘s chances. On Kenney: “He’s either going to move to Madrid or Florida. He told me personally. And she sees a 2032 presidential race for Shapiro.
Member of the city council Helene Gym, a potential mayoral candidate, said “the right woman” will win the primary. She predicted Kenney would “find peace” at the post office and said, “It’s his choice to make,” about Shapiro.
State Senator rue Cherif, chairman of the state Democratic Party, said the person who “gets the hearts of the people” will win the primary. He said Kenney will “smile” at the end of his term and that Shapiro will run for president “at the right time.”
Govt. Tom Wolf didn’t have a choice of “a lot of good people” running for mayor and said Kenney is likely to “travel a lot” when he leaves office. Of Shapiro, a longtime ally, Wolf said, “Pennsylvania is in great financial shape. The next governor is going to be able to really shine.
Elected State Representative Ben Waxman chose Quiñones-Sánchez (and no, he said, because she had been a client of his consulting firm). He sees Kenney becoming mayor of Wildwood and thinks Shapiro is running for president as soon as he feels he has accomplished what he needs to do as governor.
State Representative Malcolm Kenyatta, who makes deadpan a discipline, said “Malcom stared at you” when asked about the mayor’s run. He wished Kenney well and again gave us the “stared at you” treatment when asked about Shapiro.
Clout told you two weeks ago that the Democratic precinct leader in Northeast Philadelphia Shawn Dillon was lined up for the most comfortable state job in all of Pennsylvania, a seat on the Gaming Control Board.
We hear it will likely become official Tuesday when the state Senate reconvenes because Dillon passed his background check.
The Senate Democratic Caucus will nominate Dillon for the position, which pays $145,018 a year to attend one to three meetings a month.
Dillon confirmed he stepped down as Ward 66A chief this week and was replaced by his younger brother, State Sen. jimmy dillon. He did not comment on his impending appointment.
Shawn Dillon had been the overwhelming favorite to win a special election in May for a vacant state Senate seat until the Pennsylvania Democratic Party botched the filing of its declaration of financial interests, allowing Republicans to challenge his candidacy in court.
Dillon took the hit for the party, casting the ballot, replaced by his brother, who won with 57% of the vote in a northeast Philly district where Democrats outnumber Republicans by 2-1 .
The Senate seat pays $95,432, so Dillon will win 66% more on the game board. Or, as they say in the casino world, jackpot!
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