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November 1, 2012

Meehan and Badey trade jabs in 7th District debate

Delco Times - Freshman incumbent U.S. Rep. Pat Meehan, R-7, of Upper Darby, and his Democratic challenger George Badey sparred over issues ranging from health care to Hurrican Sandy during a debate at Neumann University Thursday afternoon.

Longtime TV news personality Larry Kane was the moderator of the hourlong debate inside the university's Mirenda Center. The debate was hosted by Neumann University Center for Community Leadership Development and Entrepreneurship.

Badey, 54, a personal-injury attorney and chairman of the Radnor Democratic Committee, said he would seek to reduce the deficit through spending cuts, bringing in more revenue and increasing economic growth. He said that for the past two years, Republicans in Congress have blocked any plans that have been proposed by Democrats such as the Bring Jobs Home Act.

Meehan, 57, a former U.S. attorney and Delaware County district attorney, said the debt has been a problem since the end of the George W. Bush presidency and has continued to grow under the Obama administration. He said it's important to look for ways to cut spending, increase revenues and simplify the U.S. Tax Code.

Badey then took a shot at Meehan, saying, "He sits up here and he tries to act like a moderate, but he's not a moderate." Badey said that while Meehan has acted like he is moderate, he signed a pledge not to raise taxes that was created by Grover Norquist of Americans for Tax Reform.

October 31,2012

George Badey, Sheamus Bonner Recieve Endorsement of Association of Civilian Technicians (U.S. Army and Air Force National Guard)

Labor Union Representing Federal Civilian Employees of the National Guard Cites Integrity, Compassion and Leadership

Villanova, PA - The Association of Civilian Technicians Chapter #52, located in Horsham, announced today its endorsement of 7th Congressional District Candidate George Badey and 163rd District State Representative Candidate Sheamus Bonner. The local chapter is the labor union that represents over 300 federal civilian National Guard technicians for the U.S. Army and U.S. Air Force.

In a letter to the Badey campaign, Vice President of ACT Chapter 52 Raymond T. Finch states, “We strongly believe your integrity, compassion and leadership abilities will help prosper the future for everyone in your district.”

“I am proud to receive the endorsement of the hard-working men and women of the federal civilian employees at the National Guard,” said George Badey. “Their jobs, mission and values are important to us all and I am humbled by their support.”

“In my 20 years in the U.S. Army, including my time in the 82nd Airborne Division and my four deployments overseas, I’ve seen the hard work the Civilian Technicians do and I’m proud to have their endorsement. These people provide the maintenance and support services that our military needs to keep all of us safe. As a current Army Reservist and former National Guardsmen in the historical Philadelphia First City Troop, I’ve seen how important Civilian Technicians are to protecting our nation’s security,” said Sheamus Bonner.

The Association of Civilian Technicians is the labor union that represents the federal civilian employees of the National Guard. Nationwide, they are the fourth largest labor organization representing Department of Defense employees and the largest independent union of its kind. As federal civilian employees, they maintain and repair National Guard equipment and administer and train the traditional Guardsman. At the 111th Fighter Wing, ACT represents about 300 National Guard technicians, including members that maintain aircraft and train personnel, as well as staffing an AFFOR war fighting headquarters.

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October 15, 2012

Meehan, Badey to debate Nov. 1

Delco Delivery - U.S. Rep. Pat Meehan, R-7, of Upper Darby, has agreed to debate Democrat George Badey. Meehan and Badey will face off at 3:30 p.m. Nov. 1 at Neumann University in Aston. The debate will be moderated by Larry Kane. University spokesman Steve Bell confirmed that the debate will be taking place at the university. He said it will be hosted by the Neumann University Center for Community Leadership Development and Entrepreneurship.

October 10, 2012

Democrat George Badey gains MoveOn support in 7th District race

Delco Times - A political action committee endorsed Democrat George Badey, who is running against incumbent U.S. Rep. Pat Meehan, R-7, of Upper Darby, in the 7th Congressional District race.

MoveON announced its support for Badey, an attorney and chairman of the Radnor Democratic Committee, in a news release Tuesday. The organization described Badey as a champion for the middle class - "standing up to Big Tobacco and working to protect the rights of Florida voters after the 2000 election." About 92 percent of the MoveOn members backed Badey in an endorsement vote.

"This race is turning into one of the most hotly contested in the country, one of only three to be upgraded a 'Red to Blue' district in September," Badey said in an email. 

Badey was referring to being named to the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee's "Red to Blue" list - a list that Democrats have deemed the most competitive races in the country. Badey is one of 53 Democrats on the DCCC's "Red to Blue" list.

"The momentum building behind our campaign is real, because seniors don’t want to end Medicare and women don’t want government to stand between them and their doctors," Badey continued. "I am pleased to be supported by MoveOn, and look forward to fighting on behalf of middle and working class families in the halls of Congress."

October 3, 2012

Congressional candidates Meehan, Badey will debate

Delco Times - U.S. Rep. Pat Meehan, R-7, of Upper Darby, has agreed to his opponent's request for a debate before the Nov. 6 election. His Democratic opponent, George Badey, formally asked Meehan to debate him in a letter Tuesday morning. Badey is a lawyer and chairman of the Radnor Democratic Committee. 

John Elizandro, Meehan's campaign spokesman, said Tuesday afternoon that his boss will be joining Badey for a previously scheduled discussion on "NBC 10 @Issue," later this month. The show is expected to air Oct. 21. Elizandro said Meehan, a former U.S. attorney and Delaware County district attorney, will also join Badey to a debate. 

"We're happy to learn that Congressman Meehan has finally agreed debate George Badey, although it's ridiculous that it took media pressure to finally get him to agree to do it," said Patrick McGarrity, campaign manager for Badey. "However, one debate is truly the bare minimum - we're ready to do more and the congressman should commit to more. The voters deserve it." McGarrity added that it's important for the congressman to work out specifics of the debate with the Badey campaign soon.

September 18, 2012

7th Congressional seat race draws national attention

Delco Times - The Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee has named George Badey, the Democratic candidate in the 7th Congressional District race, to its “Red to Blue” list ­— a list that Democrats have deemed the most competitive races in the country.
 
Badey, chairman of the Radnor Democratic Committee, is running against U.S. Rep. Pat Meehan, R-7, of Upper Darby. Meehan, a former U.S. Attorney and Delaware County district attorney, is finishing up his first term in Congress.
 
Badey, an attorney, was previously listed on the DCCC’s “Emerging Races” list but recently was elevated to the “Red to Blue” list. Badey is one of 53 Democrats on the DCCC’s “Red to Blue” list.
 
This race is competitive because voters in the (7th) district are appalled by the fact that Pat Meehan voted to end Medicare as we know it — despite having pledged never to do so — and they’re equally upset at his votes to restrict women’s health care and reproductive rights,” Badey said in a prepared statement. “They want someone to represent them who understands them, who will protect their priorities and their rights. I’m proud to be on the list of the most competitive races in the country and we’re going to take back this district for the middle class families who live here.
 
September 17, 2012

DCCC Promotes Badey to Red to Blue

Politics PA - Today, the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee (DCCC) named George Badey of PA-07 to its Red to Blue list. Badey, an attorney, is attempting to close the gap between himself and incumbent Rep. Pat Meehan.
 
This race is competitive because voters in the seventh district are appalled by the fact that Pat Meehan voted to end Medicare as we know it – despite having pledged never to do so – and they’re equally upset at his votes to restrict women’s health care and reproductive rights,” said Badey.
 
“George will continue to stand up to special interests and Republicans in Congress to stop efforts to end Medicare to pay for another tax break for millionaires and to stop politicians from taking control over women’s health care decisions,” said Congressman Steve Israel, Chairman of the DCCC.
 
The DCCC’s Red to Blue program highlights top Democratic campaigns across the country and offers them financial, communications, grassroots, and strategic support. In Badey’s case, the designation could help him gain traction against Meehan, a favorite to win re-election.
 
September 17, 2012

DCCC Names PA-07 to Red to Blue Making it Among Most Competitive in the Country

Villanova, PA – The Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee (DCCC) today named George Badey in Pennsylvania's Seventh Congressional District to its Red to Blue list, a list of the most competitive and important races in the country.  The designation comes as the contrast between the candidates in PA-07 comes into sharper focus.
 
This race is competitive because voters in the Seventh District are appalled by the fact that Pat Meehan voted to end Medicare as we know it – despite having pledged never to do so – and they're equally upset at his votes to restrict women's health care and reproductive rights,” said Badey. “They want someone to represent them who understands them, who will protect their priorities and their rights. I'm proud to be on the list of the most competitive races in the country and we're going to take back this district for the middle class families who live here.”
 
“George Badey has spent his career fighting on behalf of middle class families against some of the country's most powerful special interests,” said Congressman Steve Israel, Chairman of the DCCC.  “George will continue to stand up to special interests and Republicans in Congress to stop efforts to end Medicare to pay for another tax break for millionaires and to stop politicians from taking control over women’s health care decisions.”
 
The seventh district has been conclusively shown to be a swing district that is currently leaning Democratic, despite Republican redistricting efforts. Polling shows that President Obama is performing eight percentage points ahead of Romney in the seventh district, while Badey campaign polling shows that once voters hear about Meehan's votes to end Medicare as we know it and restrict women's access to birth control, Badey pulls Meehan into a tie contest.
 
The DCCC’s Red to Blue program highlights top Democratic campaigns across the country, and offers them financial, communications, grassroots, and strategic support. The program introduces Democratic supporters to competitive candidates in order to help expand the fundraising base for these campaigns. 
 
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August 22, 2012

Badey: I Can Win

WNPV - Radnor Township Democratic Party Chairman George Badey says he can win the Seventh Congressional District seat in the November election. 

He says first-term Congressman Patrick Meehan and his Republican Party are out of touch with the views of suburban voters.

So many of my friends in Delaware County that used to vote Republican, some of them are still registered that way, are leaving the party in droves because they’ve been hijacked by extremists, by people that don’t share the same values that we do.”

Badey says the congressional district, which covers parts of Montgomery, Delaware, Chester, Lancaster and Berks Counties, underscores the extreme partisanship of the Republicans who drew the new district lines.  If he wins, he says he will be the first congressman in history to represent Amish farmers in Lancaster County and people who live literally across the street from Philadelphia. Click link for story.

August 22, 2012

Protesters gather at Paul Ryan event in West Goshen

Delco Times - A group of about 25 protesters gathered outside the American Helicopter Museum on Tuesday to protest the arrival of Republican vice presidential candidate Paul Ryan.

The group was led by Democratic U.S. Sen. Frank Lautenberg of New Jersey, who discussed how he believes the plans proposed by Ryan and presidential nominee Mitt Romney would hurt the middle class. He said President Obama and Democrats want to protect the middle class and ensure that the wealthiest of Americans pay an equal share of the tax burden.

Lautenberg argued that the proposals put forth by Romney and Ryan would give tax breaks to the rich and raise taxes on the middle class. He also came out against Ryan's proposal to turn Medicare into a voucher program.

"I am here to tell lyin' Ryan to leave the Philadelphia region and go back to the land of make believe, because here we rely on Medicare," Lautenberg said. "The Ryan vouchers would not be enough to cover the costs of individual health care." 

Lautenberg said that while Romney and Ryan want to see the wealthiest keep all of their money, he believes it should go back to help the country. He said that as the owner of ADP, a large payroll company, he is among the wealthiest Americans.

"I want my money to go into this country," Lautenberg said. "I don't need to keep it."

Democratic U.S. House candidates Manan Trivedi, who is running against incumbent U.S. Rep. Jim Gerlach, R-6th of West Pikeland, and Georgey Badey, who is running against Patrick Meehan in the 7th District both spoke to protesters about Romney and Ryan's proposals and how they would lead the country in the wrong direction. Click link for more.

August 14, 2012

Democratic candidate links Meehan to ‘Prosperity’ plan

Delco Times — George Badey, the Democratic candidate ion the 7th Congressional District, launched a salvo Monday against his opponent, claiming that U.S. Rep. Patrick Meehan, R-7,  of Upper Darby supports the budget plans of the newly christened GOP vice presidential choice, Paul Ryan.

Fellow Democratic congressional candidates Manan Trivedi and Kathy Boockvar, who are seeking seats in Pennsylvania’s 6th and 8th districts, respectively, joined Badey outside of a Philadelphia senior center on South Broad Street on Monday afternoon. The event came two days after presumptive Republican presidential nominee Mitt Romney named U.S. Rep. Ryan, R-Wis., as his running mate.

Ryan was the primary author of the last two GOP budget proposals in the House and opponents characterize his plans, dubbed the “Path to Prosperity,” as an outline to gut government programs like Medicare.

“We’re here today because Medicare’s future is under attack,” Badey said, according to an emailed copy of his remarks from his campaign. “Mitt Romney’s decision to pick Congressman Paul Ryan as his vice presidential candidate makes clear that he has his sights firmly set on privatizing Medicare next year — replacing the security of Medicare with a voucher that comes with no guarantee of coverage.”

Badey, a Radnor attorney who is trying to unseat Meehan after his first term in Washington, linked his opponent to Ryan’s plan, saying Meehan has twice supported the upheaval of Medicare. Badey said this is a point of serious divergence for the two candidates.

“This is a crystal clear difference between me and Congressman Meehan,” Badey’s said in his remarks. “He voted twice to end Medicare as we know it and force seniors to pay … more … I’m running to protect seniors and middle-class Pennsylvania families from this reckless agenda.”

August 13, 2012

NBC: Democrats Take Down Romney/Ryan Plan To End Medicare As We Know It

August 12, 2012

Lawmakers, pundits offer views on GOP veep choice

Delco Times - Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney's selection of Paul Ryan as a running mate may not move the meter the way Sarah Palin did four years ago, but the Wisconsin congressman's clearly articulated positions and lengthy voting record make his selection every bit as compelling to political insiders and observers.

"I think it was a perfect pick in a number of ways," said Delaware County Republican Party Chairman Andy Reilly. "At a time when the Obama campaign was limited to attack ads, spinning and avoiding issues, I think Paul Ryan puts the campaign back on track and reaffirms that Romney wants to focus on the issues and the bigger ideas." 

The 42-year-old Ryan has represented Wisconsin's 1st Congressional District since 1999 and served as majority chairman of the House Ways and Means Committee since January 2011. He rose to national prominence last year as the architect of a Republican budget proposal known as the "Path to Prosperity."

Passed without a single Democratic vote, the Ryan budget aimed to cut federal spending by $5.3 trillion during the next decade; sharply reduce individual and corporate tax rates; and convert Medicare so future recipients would use vouchers to pay for private insurance.

"We now know that ending Medicare as we know it is the central plank of the Romney-Ryan ticket and will be the defining issue in the 2012 elections," Badey stated in a press release. "Congressman Meehan has already voted for it twice, despite his promise in 2010 to vote against the Ryan agenda.

August 12, 2012

Local Republicans, Dems split on Ryan choice

The Philadelphia Inquirer - Local Republicans hailed Paul Ryan's budget expertise and vision Saturday even as Democrats pounced on his nomination, attempting to tie the region's GOP Congressional candidates to Ryan's proposals for sweeping changes to Medicare and Medicaid, the health programs for senior citizens and the poor.

Republicans said Ryan offers appeal on the critical financial issues at the center of the presidential campaign, while Democrats see him as a target, arguing that his plans to cut the deficit would inordinately hit average voters.

Democrat George Badey, who is challenging Pat Meehan's re-election bid, issued a release saying the nomination makes "Congressman Meehan's votes for Ryan's plan to privatize Medicare all the more real, serious, and dangerous. We now know that ending Medicare as we know it is the central plank of the Romney-Ryan ticket and will be the defining issue in the 2012 elections." Badey said Meehan voted for the Ryan budget, while he is "running to protect seniors and middle class Pennsylvania families from this reckless agenda." Click the link to read the full story.

August 1, 2012

George Badey Holds Roundtable Discussion on Veterans Affairs

- Joe Sestak, Sheamus Bonner, and John Bury Spoke -

Lima, PA - George Badey - who is opposing Pat Meehan in Pennslyvania's 7th District - today held a roundtable discussion on issues facing veterans across the state. Badey was joined by Joe Sestak, former Congressman and Vice Admiral for the USN, Pennsylvania State Rep. candidate (PA-163) Sheamus Bonner, a former paratrooper, and John Bury, retired Vietnam Veteran who has been an advocate for veterans suffering from Agent Orange exposure. There are over a million veterans in Pennsylvania as well as over 40,000 in the 7th District alone.

Joe Sestak, who held the seat George Badey hopes to win in November, was the highest-ranking military official ever elected to the U.S. Congress. Sestak was a member of the United States Navy for over 30 years and served as the Director for Defense on the National Security Council under President Bill Clinton. 

"George Badey has a sincere commitment to the veterans of this district to make sure their voices are heard that their rightful needs are addressed," said Sestak. "He will be accountable for supporting military and veteran families because he recognizes that their service has made them twice the citizen, and our nation must never forget its debt to them. I know that George will always be there for veterans, from their earned benefits to their continuing recognition. We cannont ask for a better representative for our veterans and their families."

As a civilian I have looked up to service members my whole life. It is an honor and privilege to be among these great Americans today, but to me simply reverence isn’t enough. I want to dedicate my time and effort to a cause as they did. They are role models, they are exemplary citizens, and they are heroes. Members suffering from PTSD need our utmost respect and conviction to aid them in their time of need as they did in ours,” Badey said. “Congress needs to stop squabbling and get to work. When our service members return we need to help them get a job. The unemployment rate among veterans is almost 12% and many find themselves without a job and sometimes without a home. These are men and women who would give their lives for our country and they deserve to return to a land of opportunity, not opposition. ”

Sheamus Bonner, a Drexel Hill resident has been a soldier for nearly 20 years. He has served with distinction in the elite 82nd Airborne Division. While deployed to the Middle East, he learned about the Bush administration’s bailout of the banking system. Today, he is running for State Representative as a Democrat and, if elected, he hopes his office will become a hub for veterans who need help accessing the services available to them.

"Realizing that ineffective leadership by policy makers and big business had caused the crisis,” said Bonner. “I decided that myself and others with the leadership skills gained during military training, had a responsibility to use these skills to improve our communities.” 

John Bury was born March 1936 in Philadelphia. In 1953 he enlisted in the US Navy and served 22 years active service and retired in 1975. Upon retiring he took a job teaching engineering and has since retired. John is a published writer and advocate for Vietnam Veterans nationwide.

"I am an advocate for Vietnam Veterans who are infected with Agent Orange. I have met with George Badey on several occasions,” said Bury. “He has expressed his commitment to support all our veterans, as well as our military on active duty. Mr. Badey, likewise has expressed his support for all military families. In my opinion, Mr. Badey will be an asset to the PA-7th district in matters of concern for all the 7th district citizens and for our Country.  "

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July 31, 2012

Dem Foe Badey Questions Rep. Meehan on Medicare

Delco Times - Democrat George Badey blasted U.S. Rep. Pat Meehan, R-7, of Upper Darby, on Monday, arguing the congressman broke a campaign promise by voting for a voucher-style Medicare program.

"Medicare was created as part of the Social Security Act of 1965 which was signed into law by President Lyndon Johnson on July 30 - 47 years ago today," Badey, a lawyer from Radnor, said Monday outside of the county courthouse. "It covers health care expenses for 48 million elderly and disabled Americans nationally and over 100,000 people right here in the 7th Congressional District. Talk to any senior and they'll tell you what a great program Medicare is."

Badey was joined by 10 people, including Ron Stoloff, a retired teacher, and historian Alice Hoffman, whose father, Nelson Cruikshank, played a key role in the creation of Medicare.

Hoffman, a Haverford resident, said her late father would be devastated if he knew that Republicans in Washington, D.C., supported a privatized voucher-style Medicare program. She said that while her father understood no government program could be preserved without change, the program should be reformed by people who believe in its principles - not by those who seek to destroy it.

Stoloff, a Whitpain, Montgomery County resident and retired teacher, argued Republicans act as though they want to "help" the Medicare system by destroying it. He said Medicare will be improved with provisions in President Barack Obama's Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act, which was upheld by the U.S. Supreme Court in late June. For example, Stoloff said the health reform law improves Medicare by providing free preventive and wellness care, improving primary and coordinated care and enhancing nursing home care. He said the law also strengthens the Medicare trust fund by extending its solvency from 2017 to 2029. Click link above to read more.

July 30, 2012

It's Medicare's Birthday and We'll Campaign If We Want To

Politics PA - It's Medicare's 47th birthday, and Democratic candidates and committees are bring out the cake...and the knives. Democratic candidates and committees smacked their Republican counterparts across Pennsylvania Monday for their votes in favor of Rep. Paul Ryan's (R-WI) budget. The controversial plan would make Medicare more like a voucher system.

Democrat George Badey joined the theme by accusing his opponent, Rep. Pat Meehan (R-Delaware) of breaking a 2010 campaign promise of not voting to end Medicare by supporting Ryan's budget.

Earlier this morning, he hosted a press conference with historian Alice Hoffman, whose father, Nelson Cruikshank, helped craft the original Medicare system, at the Courthouse in Media. Click link above to read full story.

July 30, 2012

47th Anniversary of Medicare: George Badey Blasts Rep. Meehan for His Votes to End Medicare & Broken Promises to Pennsylvania Seniors

Badey Was Joined by Daughter of Nelson Cruikshank, Who Helped Create Medicare in 1965

Media, PA - On the 47th Anniversary of Medicare, Congressional Candidate George Badey challenged Rep. Patrick Meehan for breaking his promise to Pennsylvania seniors by twice voting to replace the program with a voucher. Badey was joined by historian Alice Hoffman, whose father – Nelson Cruikshank – is credited as one of the driving forces in the creation of Medicare. Badey and Hoffman were joined by Pennsylvania seniors firmly in support of preserving the program.

In 2010, while first running for election, Rep. Meehan declared that he would not vote for the radical Republican agenda to replace Medicare with a privatized voucher program. Since being sworn into office, he has voted each year to do just that. The Paul Ryan Budget passed by Congressman Meehan and House Republicans makes radical changes to Medicare, fundamentally ending the existing program. The proposal would mean a dramatic hike in U.S. health care costs for the elderly, according to independent analysis. Seniors would pay over $6,000 more a year for their health care and nearly four million seniors would be forced to pay an additional $2.2 billion for prescription drugs next year alone. 

 “It’s outrageous that Pat Meehan thinks he can promise not to support the Paul Ryan plan to end Medicare and then vote for it twice,” Badey said. “Seniors rely on the security that comes with knowing you will have medical coverage in your retirement. Meehan should be ashamed to have voted to gut the program and replace it with a voucher. On top of that, he broke his word.” 

Medicare was created as part of the Social Security Act of 1965, which was signed into law by President Johnson on July 30. Medicare covers health-care expenses for 48 million elderly and disabled Americans nationally and over 100,000 in Pennsylvania’s 7th District.

Lending her voice in support was Alice Hoffman, whose father, Nelson Cruikshank, played a key role in the creation of Medicare in 1965. Working from the AFL-CIO and the National Council of Senior Citizens, Cruikshank was a key driving force behind Medicare’s creation and its first watchdog against privatization. Hoffman spoke on behalf of her father and all those who worked to enact the program – and who would be distraught to see the current efforts to gut it. “Those who worked tirelessly to pass Medicare forty-seven years ago very much had in mind the welfare of future generations."

Whitpain resident Ron Stoloff gave personal testimony in support of Medicare: “I’m on Social Security and Medicare. I worked my entire life, and for much of it I’ve watched as Republicans have tried to ‘help’ Social Security and Medicare by destroying them. We knew all along what the real motives of the Republicans were. Fortunately, we were able to block all their attempts at destruction. But now – suddenly - they’re talking as if they’re the ones trying to ‘preserve’ Medicare and Social Security. I’m tired of the lies.”

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July 26, 2012

Supporters rally for presidential candidates in West Chester

Unionville Times - Both major presidential campaigns stopped by the historic Chester County Courthouse steps on Thursday to discuss small businesses and President Obama's recent remarks on how they are built around the country.

Recently, Obama was talking about small business owners and their reliance on infrastructure and the capitalist system to succeed. During the comments, he stated that "if you have a small business, you didn't build that." His campaign has repeatedly stated that he was referencing the infrastructure and not the businesses. His surrogates continued that argument on Thursday. 

"Romney is taking the president out of context," said George Badey, the Democratic candidate for the U.S. House in the 7th District running against Republican Patrick Meehan.  "You need infrastructure to build businesses. It is provided by the common society we all live in. Romney's attacks are indicative of what is so wrong with American politics."

Badey, who took ample opportunities during his speech to attack Meehan, added that the payroll tax cuts introduced by Obama helped many middle-class workers save money. Click the link to read more.

July 11, 2012

7th District candidate slams Meehan on health care vote

Delco Times - About 30 People called on U.S. Rep Pat Meehan, R-7, of Upper Darby, to show support for the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act - President Barack Obama's health care reform law that recently withstood a U.S. Supreme Court challenge. 

The rally, that took place near Meehan's district office in Springfield, was organized by attorney George Badey, Meehan's Democratic candidate in the November election. Meehan, a former U.S. attorney and Delaware County district attorney, is finishing up his first term in Congress.

"This is a very important and notable day," said Badey, chairman of the Radnor Democratic Party, Wednesday afternoon. "Our congressman from Delaware County is going to cast a symbolic and pointless vote."

Badey was referring to a symbolic vote that was scheduled Wednesday to repeal the Affordable Care Act. He said that would be teh 31st time the House has voted to scrap, defund or undercut the law since Obama signed it in March 2010.

July 9, 2012

Meehan's Reelection Prospects May Be Shrinking, Opponent Poll Says

Main Line Justice - Voter support for prosecutor-turned-legislator Patrick Meehan (R-Pa.) is shrinking and may be attributed to his record on Medciare and women's health, a poling memo from his opponent indicates. 

Meehan, a congressional freshman and former U.S. Attorney, is running against Democrat George Badey, who released a poll this week reporting, "an overall lack of enthusiasm," for Meehan. Voters favored Badey 41-38 percent after hearing Meehan's record on women's health and Medicare according to the poll.

July 4, 2012

Unions, candidates push Bring Jobs Home Act

Delco Times - Members of the AFL-CIO and Democratic congressional candidates Manan Trivedi, George Badey, and Kathy Boockvar, called for the immediate passage of the Bring Jobs Home Act, or S.B. 2884. during a press conference held Tuesday night.

In addition, participants called on elected leaders to commit to ending the ability of American corporations to defer paying taxes on offshore profits, which acts as an incentive to export jobs overseas, and to support legislation to end the manipulation of currency by American trading partners which leads to offshoring.

Set to be voted on in the United States Senate following the 4th of July recess, Bill 2884, if passed, would end tax loopholes that reward companies for firing Americans and moving their jobs overseas. At the same time, the Act would give tax credits to companies that shift work from foreign countries back to the United States.

Badey, an attorney who is challenging Congressman Pat Meehan, R-7, of Upper Darby, said it was not only imperative to pass the bill, but the United States must refocus on the infrastructure, reinvest in America and put Americans back to work.

"We need to reinvest here at home and not overseas in places that are not going to help America," said Badey. "We need to take on the Chinese currency. Face it head on and say we will not tolerate these kinds of shenanigans, and either do it the right way or we will take action to counteract it."

June 29, 2012

Mixed reaction to health care ruling

The Unionville Times - Local elected officials, political candidates and party leaders in Chester County all had varied opinions about Thursday's U.S. Supreme Court Decision upholding the vast majority of the Affordable Care Act - President Barack Obama's signature health care and health insurance reform program, while local health care providers expressed hope that the law would ease some of their recent struggles.

George Badey, called the ruling a "win" for average people, but that more must be done in the coming months and years. Click link above to read more.

June 28, 2012

Local reaction to Supreme Court decision breaks along party lines

Daily Local News - Reaction from state and local officials Thursday to the Supreme Court's decision on the Affordable Care Act diverged along party lines. Democrats applauded the court's 5-4 decision that the law commonly referred to as Obamacare is constitutional. They believe the law is the first step in securing affordable insurance for all Americans.

George Badey, said the court's ruling upholds the Affordable Care Act's provision that insurance companies can no longer deny coverage to individuals with pre-existing conditions.

"Today belongs to the millions of Americans with pre-existing conditions who will no longer be refused or dropped from coverage, and to the millions of young people, women and seniors who can take comfort in knowing they are covered and will not be charged higher premiums due to age or gender," Badey said. Click link above to read more.

June 28, 2012

Live Thread: SCOTUS Upholds Obamacare - PA Pols React

Today, the Supreme Court ruled on the controversial Affordable Care Act, also known as Obamacare. The court ruled in favor of the bill 5-4, also upholding the individual mandate clause requiring every American to have health insurance. Here's what PA politicos had to say.

George Badey (D-Delaware Candidate for the 7th CD):

"The Supreme Court's decision today to uphold the Affordable Care Act is truly a win for the American people, but it is just the beginning. We still need to do more to combat rising health care costs without sacrificing quality of care. We now face the challenge of putting this legislation into action. When elected, I will reach across the aisle to enact necessary improvements to the law that will benefit all Americans. Today belongs to the millions of Americans with pre-existing conditions, who will no longer be refused or dropped from coverage, and to the millions of young people, women and seniors who can take comfort in knowing they are covered and will not be charged higher premiums due to age or gender." Click link to see more.

June 21, 2012

A Mummer Runs for Congress

Candidate George Badey on education, the Tea Party and how a South Philly upbringing gave him what it takes to beat Rep. Patrick Meehan.

The Philly Post - Last year, congressional redistricting initiated by the Republican-controlled legislature in Harrisburg took a chainsaw to Pennsylvania's 7th District, turning it into what the National Journal ranked as one of the 10 most gerrymandered districts in the nation, and what Delaware County Democrat Greg Vitali more eloquently described as an "unmitigated, absolute disgrace."

The dismemberment was part of a sweeping legislative restructuring by the state's GOP leadership designed to maximize the party's majority in as many of Pennsylvania's 18 congressional districts as it could by corralling Democrats into districts where they could be more easily outmaneuvered. In one fell swoop, the 7th went from a strongly Democratic district to one that now narrowly favors Republicans. The elephants were willing to get exceedingly creative to do it (one look at the map shows you just how much).

Pennsylvania Democrats were duly outraged, and there was no shortage of biting commentary leveled from the media. David Landau, chairman of the Delaware County Democratic Party, called the 7th District shakeup a "Meehan-mander" - an allusion to the GOP's blatant attempt to protect their incumbent there, Rep. Patrick Meehan.

For a while, it worked. As of January, not a single Democrat had thrown his or her hat into the race to unseat Meehan. Then, in February, a relatively unknown Philadelphia laywer, South Philly native and Radnor Township resident quietly began circulating petitions. Earlier this month, George Badey III, who since 2010 has served as chairman of Radnor's Democrats, opened his campaign office in Villanova nad formally went on the stump. A recent poll released by his campaign suggests he might have more of a chance than some might think. Click the link to continue reading.

 

June 21, 2012

Deadine Looms for Transportation Funding and American Construction Jobs

House Republicans Gamble with Economy and Community Safety 

Republicans in Congress are again standing in the way of passing critical legislation that will not only keep 2.9 million Americans on the job, but continues to rebuild confidence in the construction industry. The legislation this time focuses on a transportation funding bill that has received bi-partisan support and is intended for road and bridge construction and repair as well as mass transit needs in communities across the country.

MAP 21, a bill sponsored by Sens. Barbara Boxer (D-CA) and James Inhofe (R-OK) passed the Senate with bi-partisan support (74-22) and moved on to the House of Representatives on oncurrence. House Republicans stripped the bill of close to $31.5 billion and would by some estimates reduce the American workforce by 500,000. The deadline is June 30 in order to keep a construction industry that already experiences an unemployement rate of 14.2% which is almost double that of the national average, at work at improving the safety to our nation's roads and bridges and providing quality transportation to benefit commerce.

"Pat Meehan's failure to pass the bipartisan transportation bill is bad for safety, bad for jobs, and bad for our district. This could put over half a people across the country out of work. It kills public transit, highway safety, funding for infrastructure, and puts the jobs and livelihoods of his own constituents in jeopardy. Pat Meehan recently asked, "how do you fund transportation in the long run?" Well, for starters, Pat, you can pass a transportation bill that would protect American workers and help lift our economy off its knees and back on its feet," said George Badey.

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June 13, 2012

Planned Parenthood Action Fund has endorsed George Badey for Congress in Pennsylvania's 7th Congressional District. The efforts of the fund, in partnership with more than four million activists, supporters and donors, include a sharp focus on ensuring access to comprehensive, affordable reproductive health care access for all.

George Badey stated, "I am proud to announce that Planned Parenthood Action Fund has endorsed my candidacy for Congress. After visiting a clinic here in our district and understanding firsthand the vital services they provide, my resolve to win in November is even stronger. We cannot let ultra conservative lawmakers deceptively polarize us as a nation."

"Planned Parenthood provides routine gynecological checkups, cancer screening, health education, family planning, and preventative health care procedures for over five million people across the country each year. My opponent voted to strip funding from Planned Parenthood. This measure would effectively eliminate access to these crucial, often life-saving services for millions of women, who would not otherwise have a mammogram or cancer screening."

"My opponent, Pat Meehan, falsely claims this was a "moral" choice. Over 95% of what Planned Parenthood does has nothing to do with any such "moral" choice. Voting to strip all funding from an organization whose sole purpose is preserving the health of women for the last 90 years is immoral. And when I get to Congress I won't stand for it. There can be no exceptions when it comes to protecting the health of our mothers, wives, sisters, and daughters."

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June 8, 2012

Meehan on thin ice: Pennsylvania's 7th Congressional District up for grabs

Daily Times - The 7th Congressional District seat is up for grabs in the upcoming election, according to a poll. "Voters are not interested in sending Meehan back to Congress," states a recent memo by Gerstein, Bocian and Agne Strategies, the Washington, D.C. based firm. "More than half of the electorate can identify Congressman Meehan, but only 28 percent say that he deserves to be re-elected to Congress, while 39 percent say that someone new should get a chance." Click the link above to read more.

June 7, 2012

Badey For Congress Field Office Now Open

Main Line Media News- Democrat George Badey opened his Congressional campaign office at 771 East Lancaster Ave., Villanova, on Wednesday night, with hoagies, cookies, bottled water and the latest polls that show Democrats doing well. Badey is running for the 7th District of Pennsylvania seat currently held by Republican Pat Meehan. Click the link above to read more.

May 31, 2012

Joe Sestak to Headline Event for George Badey in June

Former Congressman Joe Sestak (PA-7; 2007-2011) will join local civic and business leaders as hosts of an event to support the success of George Badey, Democrat from Radnor, Pa., in his bid against Pat Meehan to reclaim Democratic control of Pennsylvania's 7th District.

May 15, 2012

Club for Growth Tries to Erase Pat Meehan's Voting Record

Club for Growth released a scorecard of it's freshman Congressmen's ratings as they pertain to conservative issues the group selected. Meehan had the second lowest rating. He lost points after a vote for the debt ceiling compromise and against striking funding for the National Labor Relations Board. This comes on the heels of the Independence Hall Tea Party PAC's endorsement of Meehan, which applauded him for his commitment to 'fiscal responsiblity'. Meehan voted for billions in tax subsidies for Oil Companies and a $394,000 average tax cut to people making over $1 million a year.

May 1, 2012

NRCC intiative Decieves SEPA Seniors about Medicare

The NRCC along with the conservative group American Action Network has launched a mailing campaign stating Democratic legislators and candidates alike want to end Medicare. The effort has been condemned by even staunch conservatives for its blatant lies about The Ryan Budget and Medicare. Pat Meehan's vote for the Ryan Budget would turn Medicare into a voucher program and therefore increase health care costs exponentially. It would also limit the number of seniors who would normally have access to vital health care services.

April 27, 2012

Why Pat Meehan is Vulnerable

Politics PA put out its cyclical "Congressional Vulnerability" ratings and Pat Meehan is fourth on the list. The article says to beat Pat in November that George will need to continue raising both money and his name recognition. Pat Meehan has over a million dollars on hand, mostly from Big Oil and Super PACs, while George relies on small personal donations, grassroots fundraising, and unions. 

April 27, 2012

George Badey issues Statement on Skyrocketing Student Loans

The Ryan Budget seeks to double Stafford Loan rates to nearly 7%. The impending spike would raise the cost of college for nearly 400,000 students and their families in Pennsylvania. It would pile on an additional $321,894,073 in loans for PA students. Two-thirds of all college students graduate with debt, with the average being over $25,000. "This is a time when we desperately need leadership in Congress who will stand up for the nearly 400,000 Pennsylvania college students and their families who will be hit hardest by this increase."

April 24, 2012

DCCC Selects George Badey, 7th District to 2012 "Emerging Races"

The Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee announced, as part of the 'Drive for 25' campaign to win back the House, that our campaign is a new "Emerging Race." This designation recognizes strong fundraising and organization performance for the quarter, and an overall potential to take back the seat. 

 

7th District of Pennsylvania

Including portions of Counties of Delaware, Montgomery, Chester, Berks and Lancaster.