Not So Progressive
Sadly, this election season is proving some Philadelphians still don’t understand what defines reform and good government. Individuals and groups who clamor for change continue to sell those ideas beneficial to promote good government for special interest issues. A prime example is the 182nd State House district where Babette Josephs, the incumbent, is seeking re-election.
Last week, Philly for Change, a self-designated progressive/reform group, held an endorsement meeting; it voted to support Josephs.
Philly for Change and their membership have chosen to forget that legislators don't deserve this city’s loyalty if they have done our citizens wrong.
They have forgotten Josephs voted for the illegal midnight pay raise and refused to return it to the Treasury. They have forgotten she voted for legislation that stripped Philadelphia of its ability to zone the casinos. The primary reason for this endorsement was her previous support of some agenda items of Philly for Change. They were fearful of a mixed message it would send by not endorsing someone who has supported them in the past.
This is not progressive. This is not reform. This is not supporting good government. This is an endorsement of special interests and the selling out of ideals and values supported by the membership of Philly for Change and the residents of our city.
In order to support a growing reform movement in our city, Philadelphians need to be reminded of the integrity of each candidate and to support good, open and honest government in promoting competent legislation beneficial to all our residents.
Letter appeared in the Public Record on March 20, 2008.