Scandal-Plagued Dem House Rep. Bob Brady To Retire

Philadelphia’s ABC affiliate reports:

Rep. Bob Brady of Philadelphia, a plainspoken former carpenter and cheerleader for the city, will not seek another term in Congress, giving up the seat he’s held for two decades, his office said Wednesday.Brady revealed the news to reporters and Democratic Party ward leaders in Philadelphia, his hometown and the city where he has been the longtime Democratic Party leader. His decision comes amid an FBI corruption investigation involving Brady’s campaign.

The FBI last year filed charges against four people in an investigation into a payment Brady’s campaign made to a primary opponent in 2012. Three people have pleaded guilty, including a political consultant to Brady. Brady’s campaign gave a city judge who challenged him in the 2012 primary $90,000 to quit the race, according to the plea memo unsealed after the judge’s campaign aide pleaded guilty to breaking campaign finance laws. Brady has not been charged.

Six House seats will now be up for grabs in Pennsylvania. Four Republicans are retiring and one, Rep. Lou Barletta, is surrendering his seat to challenge Democraticย  Sen. Bob Casey.

  • Ben in Oakland

    Did the judge who received the money get charged?

  • Todd20036

    Funny, when our side does wrong. We hold him accountable.
    That’s part of “democrats fall in love”. We really are the more moral party, despite what the Nazis claim

    • HZ81

      Indeed. Again, for those who say “both parties are the same,” please find a hammer and beat both sides of your fucking head in with it. Tanx.

      • Lumpy Gaga

        Better specify that they grab two hammers. Otherwise, your instructions may be confusing as they try to do both sides of the head with one hammer at the same time.

        And there will be no blows to the brain at all.

    • JWC

      I have said it many times on here For some strange reason Dems are required to drive in a moral highway that the GOP is not ..Go figure

      • narutomania

        … a moral highway often policed by the republikkklans, I might add, and often constructed by the republikkklans, but not driven on by the republikkklans.

        • JWC

          nope restricted only to DEMS and fully monitored and scrutinized by The GOP

          • pch1013

            And the Progressive Purity Police.

  • HZ81

    Bye, bish.

  • Proud MOFO Beaner (bkb)

    Our dystopian future has arrived. This is not a headline from the Onion

    https://twitter.com/vicenews/status/958765666441494528

    • Karl Dubhe

      One would think that would lead to some kind of septic shock…

      • clay

        Their latest “post-pain” abortion ban forgot to include a “threat to the woman’s health” exclusion. (Perhaps on purpose, so the one’s who don’t actually care about banning abortion could get credit for voting to ban it, even knowing that the courts would overturn their ban.)

        • The_Wretched

          for now

          • clay

            Yes, they could also be passing bills in obvious conflict with the Roe v. Wade as a way to build public animosity to that ruling.

    • clay

      No real surprise– he has no experience in immigration, let alone refugee services, but is truly extreme on the issue of abortion, wanting to ban it even in the cases of rape, incest, and even threat to the woman’s health.

      • Proud MOFO Beaner (bkb)

        I believe this young girl was a raped.

        I assume this is a medical procedure and purposeful failing to implement it would be medical practice.

    • What kind of hellish nightscape are we living in, where when I read that headline I had to hold my breath and hope our government isn’t raping refugees, because that is a legitimate possibility? And how even though our government isn’t raping people, I still feel disgusted after reading the article.

      • Tread

        Oh, they’re raping refugees and immigrants, just not physically.

        • The_Wretched

          It’s physical too. Especially with separating families even more these days and putting immigration detainees in with gen. pop. criminals.

    • The_Wretched

      Forced implantation of a ‘snowflake’ fertilized embryo maybe? It’s not like abortions are reversible. Even the Onion isn’t this stupid.

      • Proud MOFO Beaner (bkb)

        It was an abortion using pills

        • The_Wretched

          one way trips.

          • Proud MOFO Beaner (bkb)

            Yes. Itโ€™s not possible and itโ€™s essentially human experimentation

    • Todd20036

      This is the same party that felt they knew more about a brain dead woman than her doctors (and her husband) did

    • anne marie in philly

      WTF? that’s like stopping a heart transplant mid-procedure! ASSWIPES!

    • JCF
  • Boreal

    Is this a safe seat for us?

    • clay

      Yes. And we’ll be better off without the old boy corruption.

      • Boreal

        Win/win.

  • SkokieGuy

    Did someone go to Party City and buy a Ted Kennedy mask from the clearance bin?

  • downtownla

    Please support candidate Nina Ahmad, the former Deputy Mayor of the City. She is a real progressive voice in this campaign. She served on Obama’s White House Initiative on Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders and was the Philadelphia chapter president for NOW.

    • ToastHouse

      yup! go Nina!

  • Sam_Handwich

    lindsey’s going on about getting a blow job from Howdy Gowdy. or sumpin

    https://twitter.com/LindseyGrahamSC/status/958793999048953859

    • Boreal

      Poor gurl had a big crush.

    • Karl Dubhe

      Conservative Cause? Is that code words for slavery?

      • Boreal

        Kompassionate
        Konservative
        Kause

        • Bambino

          Don’t forget the Kucky pants they love to wear.

      • TimCA

        The Lost Cause

    • Bambino

      A missed blow opportunity for Lindseybelle for sure.

    • Cuberly Deux

      Urp….lindsaybelle, NEVER use the words body and blow together in a sentence when referring to Gowdy…. EVER!

    • stevenj

      Would love to see some more body blows.

    • The_Wretched

      How, Lindsey?

    • Tread

      I’d love to see Gowdy take some body blows.

      • Paula

        With a 2×4?

        • MBear

          Strapped to a tow truck

        • Tread

          A brick. Or some brass knuckles.

          • Paula

            Nice. ๐Ÿ˜€

    • Ninja0980

      This is one daddy/son tape I’ll skip.

    • JCF

      And this is a GOOD thing, yes???

  • Jack Murray

    Please Please Please someone in Philly get Brian Sims to run for this seat.

    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Brian_Sims

    • clay

      Sims has started to do much more national politicking and fund raising lately; it’s seldom that his communications are about local or state politics, anymore. However, I’d still prefer a qualified, ethically-clean, African-American voice in this seat.

      • Lumpy Gaga

        In Brady’s, you mean?

        He’s always voted for family interests, and he’s old-style democrat. Whole thing sounds like extortion and the ambition of our newly arrived real-estate overlords, several of whom have been trying to get seats for a few cycles now. Do not trust.

        • clay

          Yes, sorry, in Brady’s seat, which includes largely African-American Chester, SW Philly, and Kensington. Brady’s district does include some hard fought by development companies, but Brady is also (like a lot of Philly pols) tied to the ward boss system that feeds off of backroom deals.

    • ToastHouse

      no, we need him the PA General Assembly more for now.

    • Todd20036

      Lots of people on this blog want to run for Sims’ seat.

  • JWC

    A crook is a crook I suppose the GOP will be all over this

  • GanymedeRenard

    Expect more of these to come, Dems or Reps. Ugh!

  • KevInPDX

    Brian Simms could run for that seat if he lived in or moved into that district!

    • clay

      Brian Sims already lives in that district (Center City, east of Broad).

      • Galvestonian

        Good Area. Close to the ‘Gay District’ on Spruce.

        • Joe in PA

          That’s “Gayborhood” to you buster. ๐Ÿ™‚

          • Lumpy Gaga

            Honestly, you wouldn’t know it these days if you landed from space. I see those rainbow street signs and I’m reminded of Jason Jones equating the Castro with a simulation, like Disneyland.

          • Joe in PA

            LOL, I’m no expert for sure…the term “gayborhood” came from a straight ally…she lives in Wayne and gets her “gay fix” by going to drag queen bingo in the gayborhood. Meanwhile, I’m out here on the farm and only go to center city for the Flower Show (and very sporadically at that). ๐Ÿ™‚

          • Lumpy Gaga

            We get tix in advance and wait for the dark and stormy day that inevitably occurs – even 1st week of march – so the place is basically empty. Not going back to the old way of doing things.

            I’ve been to tough concerts, but those flower people? You do NOT want to be in their way.

          • Galvestonian

            Hey Joe, I’m originally from Philly – Roxborough – graduated from Roman. Used to belong to the Penrose Club and frequented the bars & clubs on Spruce back in the 70’s and 80’s. Went ‘down the shore’ every summer. Lived in ‘P’- town the summer of ’76. Graduated from Penn State ( B.S. ’88 ) and Duquesne (M.A. ’90 )

          • Joe in PA

            ๐Ÿ™‚ Beg pardon. ๐Ÿ™‚ Ooops. I know I shouldn’t assume…but are you in Galveston, Tx now? I was in a gay bar there once in the late 70s…they had a lighted dance floor with penises painted on the floor. Funny the things you remember. ๐Ÿ™‚

          • Galvestonian

            Yeah, Galveston Island is just so laid back, semi-tropical — no snow or ice and practically 10 months of summer like weather. Fishing is great, shrimp are cheap, people are way more friendly, There’s 5 gay bars/clubs. 12 museums, a new amusement pier, a major water park, good golfing, decent beaches & events all year long – Mardi Gras this coming weekend. Bike Rallies, Iron man triathelons, Art fests once a month in the summer, a motorcycle rally with well over 250,000 Harley Davidson Motorcycles in town in the fall, OctoberFest, Christmas Festivals & dozens more things that go on. Our population is just around 50,000 and there’s a small town feel to the place. Thousands of Victorian homes and business buildings, a Tall Ship, a major port and best of all cheap real estate.

          • Joe in PA

            It’s changed a lot from the late 70’s eh? Wow.

          • Galvestonian

            Joe, if you’re anywhere near retirement you really should check it out.

          • Joe in PA

            Thanks. I lived in Dallas for 10 years and I never really thought about moving back…but who knows, Galveston sounds a heckufa lot better than Big D. ๐Ÿ™‚

        • clay

          Not only “close to”, Sims lives in the Gayborhood and the Gayborhood, as well as the emerging gay/hip neighborhoods on Passyunk Ave in South Philly and Northern Liberties and Fishtown in the near NE, are all in Brady’s 1st District.

  • Ninja0980

    He’s retiring because otherwise the primary voters would have done it for him.
    As others have pointed out, we hold wrongdoers on our side accountable when it becomes clear they’ve done wrong.
    Republicans just shrug their shoulders and reelect them.

  • Lazycrockett

    Evil or Incompetent you be the judge.

    https://twitter.com/nytimes/status/958797312133947392

    • stevenj

      Both.

    • Leo

      Who sees a backtrack

    • Tread

      Evil and full of shit. Why would they be anything else?

    • Lumpy Gaga

      “False Alarm! You’re not being annihilated in a nuclear attack!”
      “False Alarm! The food and water will actually continue!”

      Would anybody be paying attention to such ungodly warnings in the first place were it not for a Year of Trump?

    • The_Wretched

      Bull. They got hit hard with blowback on the decision / trial balloon.

    • Todd20036

      Evil. Too many people called FEMA out.

  • Sam_Handwich
    • Cuberly Deux

      The kompromat on Nunes must be a doozy.

      • Leo

        !!!!!!!

    • Lazycrockett

      Yesterday didn’t a reporter ask Nunes if he was a Russian Agent?

      • Leo

        John Heilemann’s been railing on Morning Joe for about a week now that Nunes is compromised. I believe it.

        • Cuberly Deux

          There’s got to be some journalists out there investigating Nunes.

          • Ninja0980

            Let’s hope they expose him soon.

          • Cuberly Deux

            Indeed! Cut him off sooner than later.

        • jimbo65

          Doesn’t buttboi Nunes have a vineyard in California? I’ll have to research that in order to avoid buying any wine he’s actually selling.

          • Paula

            Avoid freshly turned 3โ€™x5โ€™patches of earth. You never know who is down there.

          • Todd20036

            How am I supposed to get fresh ingredients for my Soylent Green casserole?

          • Jukesgrrl

            He’s said to have most of his net worth invested in something called Alpha Omega Winery LLC of St. Helena, CA. http://www.aowinery.com According to several sources AO has only been known to use two distributorships for their product anywhere in Europe โ€” one in Switzerland, the other in Russia. None in any NATO countries. They use several distributorships in the U.S., Canada, and Mexico.

    • Tread

      Wow. He has to go. He’s a danger to the country at this point.

  • Cuberly Deux

    Heh…Ali Veschi is fact checking Donnie in real-time…lol…

    “That’s just not true.”

    • AJ Drew

      Velshi?

    • Joe in PA

      Still crushing on Ali I see. ๐Ÿ™‚

      • Cuberly Deux

        Sigh….what can I say.

        Beefy bald hot dude with a deep bass voice….SPLOOSH!

        • AJ Drew

          oh? hi. HELLO. /s

    • The_Wretched

      Ali could just sit there with a clip of himself saying and press play every second or two.

  • Leo
    • MBear

      LOL – good luck with that

  • Leo
    • Treant

      Lucy. Football. They’ll fall for it.

    • Lumpy Gaga

      Ayup.

  • Ninja0980

    https://twitter.com/Taniel/status/958784272667758597
    O/T Republicans aren’t just going nuts for the reason Taniel states but as one of the replies to this tweet rightfully states, Democrats have let Republicans get away with so much crap it’s not even funny.
    When talking about what Republicans did with Obama and the courts, keep in mind the previous president to have a record number of vacancies upon entering office was W.
    And that was because Republicans did to Clinton what they did to Obama, and refused to let seats on numerous circuit and lower courts be filled with Clinton’s picks.
    The ones that were allowed through were ones Republicans liked (which means they were bad for the rest of us.)
    Contrast that with W where he never had to moderate his picks when Democrats took control and sans the 4th Circuit) got to put nine Circuit Court picks on the courts in his last two years in office and 54 district court judges.
    Democrats play nice no matter what, Republicans play to win no matter what.
    Be nice if that changes if we win one or both chambers this year.

  • SkokieGuy

    A Maryland state lawmaker on Wednesday introduced the โ€œJared Kushner Act,โ€ legislation aimed at blocking state judges from issuing arrest warrants for tenants being sued for under $5,000 in unpaid rent….Ali said Kushner is the namesake of the bill because his apartment management company was aggressive in obtaining civil arrest warrants against tenants who owe rent. [The Hill]

    • Joe in PA

      Remember that time when Chelsea Clinton got money for making a speech?

      • Treant

        Frankly, no. I’m developing a major Forgettery for minor, bullshit accusations when I can point to open treason in the Federal government that doesn’t seem to concern anybody.

      • Jukesgrrl

        Yes, that WOULD be his rebuttal.

    • The_Wretched

      debtor’s prisons don’t help anyone – including the land lords even if they don’t understand it.

      • Paula

        No debtorโ€™s prison! You simply turn to a life of crime.๐Ÿ˜๐Ÿ˜๐Ÿ˜

    • Lumpy Gaga

      My own rent drama ended peacefully.

      A new rental-property accounting system (appfolio, burn in hell) assumed that I had a base balance due of $325 – since 2009. Why? Bad data entry.

      Unfortunately their algorithm was a simple one: If there’s a non-zero balance on the 1st of the month, ding tenant a $100. late fee. Through a comedy of errors – appfolio was not applying my early rent payments to the coming month, but was applying some amount to the balance due, leaving me “underpaying” my new rent, and so with a perpetual balance on the 1st of the month (“Another $100, please.”) my balance kept growing and growing

      So my balance just kept growing: $325, $425… $725. All was resolved just under the wire for February’s due date.

      But it looked for all intents and purposes like I was being set up as a non-payor (which can get you evicted).

      Also, too — if any credit reporting agency saw that I was in constant arrears from 2009 to 2017????

      • Treant

        That’s just bad programming on AppFolio’s part. Payments should always be applied eldest to newest bill, but somebody screwed up seriously on the penalties.

        • Lumpy Gaga

          If that’s the common practice, they got it right. New money was being applied to old bills. The problem was reality: I didn’t have old bills.

          • Treant

            Yes, but the penalties are supposed to be calculated based on current bill vs. current payment.

          • Lumpy Gaga

            They hadn’t gotten to any penalty phase yet, although the statement I received in email said that part was more than 60 days past due.

            I finally gave in and signed up with an email address for their stupid fucking system to track my shiny e-ledger. But NFW am I linking a checking account for auto-pay.

      • Lumpy Gaga

        And while I love the Post Office, it did not help that time it took my November rent check ten days to cross the river via tracked Priority Mail.

      • SkokieGuy

        Reminds me of how banks will order the deposits and withdraws to maximize overdraft fees. When in doubt, screw the customer. [Insert Stormy Daniels joke..]

    • LesbianTippingHabits


      And if Hillary Clinton had won the election, nothing would change in MD.

      Sad !

  • Blake J Butler
    • Todd20036

      NYT is not the paper it once was

      • LesbianTippingHabits

        Sad !

    • JCF

      Argh, NPR did the same thing today. Apparently, the proper response to profiles of Appalachian Drumpf voters…is MORE profiles of Appalachian Drumpf voters!!! >:-(

  • Leo
    • Treant

      This is going to be fun. Courts really love it when you disobey orders.

  • Leo
    • Lumpy Gaga

      Full Steam ahead?

    • Lumpy Gaga

      A moment of prayer! All are relieved and comforted.

    • Treant

      My shart will go on.

  • TKW
    • Lars Littlefield

      Gay.

  • Leo
    • Treant

      So Nunes is admitting that the Clinton investigation was politically-motivated bullshit? Cool!

  • Lars Littlefield

    Good riddance.

    • andrew

      Bob Brady is my congressman. For 20 years he has been a champion of working class and middle class people, a supporter of LGBT equality, women’s equality, racial equality and a dependable vote in furthering the progressive agenda. He has been the go to man in Philadelphia to solve labor contract disputes. He is not known to be a policy wonk, but is always a dependable progressive vote.Google: Bob Brady’s voting records: then type in any topic and you will see what a champion of average Americans he has been.

  • anne marie in philly

    FUCK. gotta keep this seat blue.
    barletta is an asswipe; casey should kick his fat white ass easily.

  • bkmn

    But what about Brian Sims? People are anxiously awaiting news about him.

  • Jean-Marc in Canada

    Brian Sims, paging Brian Sims…Mr. Sims, something wonderful just happened and we were wondering…

  • JCF