First District Council Race: Separated at Birth?

Posted: April 25, 2011 in Philebrity/Celebrity, Politricks

In any political race everyone wants to know:  Who are these guys?  An obvious and simplistic response is: Who do they look like?

Like any good coach, Mark Squilla has organized neighborhood teams to clean up playgrounds, where the neighbors can (what else?) play games in safety.  Does he have that competitive edge to win the primary?


Joe Grace seems like that sort of up-beat, affable guy who’d be a great travel guide.  And he’s lived in several arondissments as well as toured and knocked on doors all over the first district – If it’s Tuesday this Must be Fishtown!  Will he get the chance to rewrite the guide on how council business gets done?

But Jeff Hornstein IS worrying and has not learned to love radiation, as he testified against fracking at City Hall back in March.  He also wants to make Philly less strange in its business and tax practices.  He’d be in the pink if he won the primary.


Vern Anastasio seems like the kind of guy, who if he’d been born a couple of generations ago, would have become a parish priest.  A decent priest, not one of those creepy ones who’ve given the Catholic church an even worse reputation.  Maybe a little like Sinatra in Miracle of the Bells.  Perhaps there will be a “Miracle of the Bella Vista” and he’ll win the primary.


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