Saturday, March 29, 2014

March Madness: The Underhanded 8

Philadelphia Republican Party

Contact: Joe DeFelice, Executive Director
Phone: 215-756-4158 (mobile)

The Underhanded 8
On the Road to the Floundering Four

Philadelphia, PA, March 28, 2014: Philadelphia Republican Party Executive Director Joe DeFelice issued the following statement: “Usually the month of March comes in like a lion and out like a lamb; however in Philadelphia, the lion continues to roar.  Right before the month started, State Rep JP Miranda was indicted for having a ghost employee on his payroll and ethical issues continue to abound for Philadelphia Democrats as recently as this last week when it was reported that State Rep. Pam DeLissio claimed a homestead exemption in Harrisburg as her primary residence while also registering her car there for insurance reasons.  The blatant disregard these individuals have for their voters is ridiculous. We have had our own version of March Madness and thereby we introduce the ‘Underhanded 8.’”

- State Rep. Ronald G. Waters, Birthday Boy Region Champion accused of accepting $7,650 in cash and not reporting it on his Statement of Financial Interest.  When informant Tyron Ali handed Waters an envelope, Ali told him: “Hey, there’s $1,000 in there, bro.”  Waters replied: “My man, happy birthday to Ron Waters.”[1]

- State Sen. LeAnna Washington, Birthday Girl Region Champion, was charged with using legislative staff to raise money for her campaigns. [Staffer Jamilla] Hall told the judge that her primary duty was to assist with preparing for Washington’s political campaign birthday party fundraiser each year. She resigned in 2012 after she “couldn’t take it anymore.”[2]

- State Rep. Louise Bishop, the Reliable Reverend Region Champion, accused of accepting $1,500 and then denying to knowing the person. When Chairman of the Democrat Party Bob Brady was asked if he spoke to her, he replied “She’s a reverend, I believe her.”  However, it has since been shown that Bishop did not report the “gift” on her Statement of Financial Interest from 2010.[3]

- State Rep. Vanessa Brown, the Ooowee Region Champion,  was allegedly given $2000 in an envelope to which Brown replied "Yo, good looking . . . Ooo-wee."[4]

- State Rep. J.P. Miranda, Ghost Region Champion; a probe found that Miranda created [a] no-show position for Timothy Duckett, a former campaign worker and part-time driver, to funnel money to his sister, Michelle Wilson. [5]

- State Rep. Michelle Brownlee, Lack of Clout Region Champion, accused of accepting $3,500 in cash. When asked about it replied, “I don’t recall taking any money from him.” [6]

- Former President Judge of Philadelphia Traffic Court Thomasine Tynes, Tiffany Region Champion, accused of accepting a $2,000 Tiffany’s bracelet from someone seeking a contract.[7]

- State Rep Pam DeLissio, Homestead Region Champion, who has been staving off both a primary challenge and challenge to her nominating petitions.  Allegedly registered her car insurance and driver’s license in Dauphin County rather than in Philadelphia where her legislative District is as well as claiming a homestead exemption in Harrisburg.[8] 

            Therefore we give you the “Underhanded 8”; a bracket, in the spirit of March Madness, which highlights the shortcomings and underhanded acts of eight Philadelphia Democrat Politicians.


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