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PA-06: A Challenger For Gerlach Emerges

by: James L.

Wed Dec 12, 2007 at 5:18 PM EST

After seeing Lois Murphy pour everything she had into two attempts to knock off Republican Rep. Jim Gerlach and fall short both times, potential candidates for 2008 have so far been reluctant to dip their toes in the water.  However, it looks like Democrats have at least one candidate on tap so far.  From Roll Call:

Philadelphia magazine editor Larry Platt is planning a bid against Rep. Jim Gerlach (R) and an announcement is forthcoming next month, according to a Pennsylvania Democratic operative with knowledge of the race.

"He's certainly moving ahead and finishing his due diligence, but we certainly expect that he will be running," the Democrat said. [...]

Local Democrats are hopeful that Platt's connections in the wealthy Philadelphia suburbs will be the ticket to defeating Gerlach in a district that voted for Al Gore in 2000 and John Kerry in 2004. Platt's office did not return requests for comment.

"Larry certainly would be the kind of candidates that we're looking for in running," said Marcel Groen, who chairs the Democratic Party of Montgomery County, part of which is in the district.

John Yarmuth 2.0, perhaps?

James L. :: PA-06: A Challenger For Gerlach Emerges
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well, we need a new face
I don't want Lois Murphy again. And if this guy can do it, well, we'll see. But

Philadelphia magazine editor Larry Platt is planning a bid against Rep. Jim Gerlach (R)

I hate his magazine. I subscribed to it this year because I had two trips to Philadelphia planned, and I wanted to follow the restaurant reviews and so on. The magazine rally panders to the rich suburbanite, though. The ads are disgusting, and the content isn't much better. The magazine should really be called King of Prussia Mall and Adjacent Gated Communities, because that's who it's for.  

However, if this guy has a shot and no one else will try, he'd doubtless be better than Gerlach. And the magazine did do a long, positive article on Nutter, back during the primary.  

Half the population believes our electoral system is broken. The other half believes it is fixed.  

Back to the drawing board
Platt told his employees via e-mail that he is out.

God, its getting late
If Democrats don't find somebody, Gerlach could end up being unnopposed in 2008.  

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