Wednesday, April 12, 2006

Last Man Standing

Sometimes you can win a fight at the weigh in.

Three weeks ago, Tony Payton was one of four candidates seeking to replace the ancient, absent and ineffective Bill Rieger as state rep in North Philadelphia’s 179th District.

Today, he is the last man standing.

The Democratic Party’s handpicked candidate was Emilio Vazquez, a protégé of Carlos Matos of Marge Tartaglione’s political clan. Vazquez filed suits challenging the nominating petitions of Payton, Rodnell Griffin and Walter Gnoza, saying they failed to get the required 300 voter signatures. The courts tossed Griffin and Gnoza off the ballot, but Payton won his case.

In turn, Payton sued Vazquez, saying he failed to correctly fill out his ethics disclosure form. To cite one example, Vazquez, who works at the Philadelphia Parking Authority, failed to list the PPA as a source of income. This is dumber than dumb, especially given recent court cases on this issue. The court tossed Vazquez off the ballot. There is a Republican running, but the last Republican to win in this district was Herbert Hoover.

Payton will be 25 in January, 2006, when he is sworn in as a member of the Pennsylvania House. He’s a resident of Frankford, a housing counselor with United Communities and activist in progressive political causes. He’s also a student at Community College of Philadelphia and is due to graduate in the spring, 2007.


Anonymous Anonymous said...

The decision removing Vazquez from the ballot was appealed to the state supreme court. The court hasn't ruled yet so it's still possible he'll be back on.

1:16 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Supreme court ruled on Tuesday and affirmed the order removing Vasquez from the ballot.
Vasquez ain't on the ballot.
Payton is officially the "Last Man Standing"
Go to votetonypayton, he is the next State Rep for 179th. After 40 years in the wilderness.......

12:45 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

um, went to and got nothing - sounds like he's not ready for prime time....

4:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

The correct address is;
Any 25 year old who stands up to a corrupt political machine and wins is not only ready for prime time, he is prime time. Having a website is nice but the main point is he is "the" Democratic candidate in an 82% Democratic District and he is unopposed. He is the next state rep, he has a great story and it is good news for the citizens of the 179th.
Go Tony!!

5:59 PM  
Anonymous truth0ne SGC said...

There should be more proactive young people out there like Tony Payton. I'm surprised that I'm only hearing about this story so late in the race... Almost as if it was buried! lol

Kudos, nah'mean?

8:23 PM  

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