Breaking: Former Republican Mayoral Candidate John Featherman Running for U.S. Congress
John Featherman, who ran and lost in the Republican primary for mayor in 2011, just sent an e-mail to Philadelphia Weekly saying he will be seeking the Republican nomination to go up against U.S. Rep. Bob Brady in Pennsylvania’s 1st Congressional district.
When asked why he’d decided to run, Featherman wrote, “I can give you 10,000 corrupt reasons why I’m running” in reference to this article from the Inquirer from September, which notes the city Democratic Party “invited 27 Philadelphia judges to a buffet breakfast this week and asked them to pay $10,000 each to assure party support when they face yes-or-no retention votes in November, according to judges who attended.”
He will make a formal announcement at tonight’s Republican City Committee meeting.
Featherman sought the Republican nomination for mayor in 2011 running on an anti-establishment platform with the backing of a small group of dissident Republicans known as The Loyal Opposition. He would lose in the primary to eventual candidate Karen Brown, who was backed by the city’s Republican establishment, by less than 100 votes.
Rep. Bob Brady, who currently holds the 1st District seat, has held that seat since the late 1998. Brady leads the city’s Democratic party and will face challenger Jimmie Moore in the Democratic primary. More on this tomorrow.