- Pennsylvania Among 'Terrible 10' Most Regressive Tax States
- February 4 Non-Partisan Training: HOW TO RUN FOR ELECTION BOARD IN 2013: HOW TO RUN FOR COMMITTEEPERSON IN 2014
- Republican Governors Opt-In to Medicaid Expansion
- The Reports of Unions' Death Are Greatly Exaggerated
- Ask Allyson Schwartz to run for Governor
- Mind the gap: Opting Out of Medicaid Expansion Leaves Low-income Families Behind
- Jan. 14 Workshop:HOW TO RUN FOR ELECTION BOARD IN 2013; HOW TO RUN FOR COMMITTEEPERSON IN 2014
- Seth Williams on Guns, Jasmine Rivera on School Closures @PFC Meetup Wednesday
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- What to Make of the Fiscal Cliff Deal?
OK, OK, I Am Not Always Partisan
Multiple people have been talking about a rumor that Lynne Abraham will resign as District Attorney to run for another office, be it Mayor (as a
First, Lynne, who has been an incredibly ineffective DA, would be be an exception to my general statwide support of Democrats. Why in the hell would we want Lynne as the AG? So she can insure the AG office is as ineffective? So she can push statewide for increasing Death Penalty prosecutions? No thanks. While I am aware that a Democrat has never won this seat, I am not ready for her to control anything Statewide.
Second, Lynne as Mayor? Who would she pass the buck to if that happened? Maybe she would complain that the Governor never picked up the phone to call her? Plus, the fact that she is considering a switch to the GOP shows a little bit about her values... Left unsaid, of course, is the unspoken condition that for her to run as a Republican, the Democrats need to elect a black candidate. I am not sure you could find a more polarizing figure to run, especially as a Republican, than Lynne.
Third- in terms of the DA's office, there are a few things to consider. First, getting rid of her and getting in some new blood will be a positive for the City. Anyone heading an organization as large as hers will simply have trouble maintaining effectiveness after holding the position so long. That is nothing against her, just basic troubles in organizational philosophy. (IE, after a while, you can't make dramatic changes in what you have been doing, because to do so would be to tacitly admit that what you have been doing has not worked.)
But lastly, and very importantly- if she resigns, everyone should be aware of the consequences: The City's Judges, heavily dependent on the City party, pick her successor until the next election. If that happens, it is far more likely that they pick an insider- like Kevin (brother of John) Dougherty, currently in the City's Family Court- than someone who is ready, willing and able to make the necessary changes our City needs. And yeah, I am talking about Seth Williams.