Chris Brennan writes about people, power and politics. He was previously the political editor for the Daily News. Since 1999, Brennan has covered elections for president, the U.S. Senate and House, governor of Pennsylvania, mayor of Philadelphia and other public offices.

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Pa. GOP chairman resigns hours after an Inquirer story said he traded sexually explicit messages with a Philly Council candidate

DiGiorgio, head of Pennsylvania's Republican Party since 2017, announced he was stepping down after The Inquirer reported he had traded sexually explicit messages with a GOP candidate for Philadelphia City Council.

Pa. GOP chairman traded sexually charged messages with a Philly Council candidate. Then he sent her an explicit photo.

Attorneys for Valentino "Val" DiGiorgio, chairman of the Pennsylvania Republican Party, say the sexually charged messages with Irina Goldstein, a City Council candidate seeking his advice and support, were "mutual private exchanges between adults." She accused him of harassing her.

Joe Biden did not do the Bristol Stomp at Jerry Blavat’s Memories in Margate

Philly disc jockey Jerry Blavat thought former Vice President Joe Biden was shaking hands and posing for pictures at Blavat's nightclub, Memories, in Margate last Saturday. He even broadcast it on his radio show. Alas, it was a look-alike.

How did Tracey Gordon oust a longtime incumbent? Don't know. Her story's apparently 'too big for local news.'

Gordon’s camp says she has “a national story.” to tell. But try getting her to show up for an interview.

Big Soda’s big spending in the primary didn’t much threaten the sweetened beverage tax | Clout

Thirty-five percent of that money was spent on television commercials critical of Mayor Jim Kenney. He won with 67 percent of the vote while barely campaigning.

If you thought Mayor Jim Kenney was disengaged in the primary ... | Clout

Philadelphia Mayor Jim Kenney drew criticism for a low-key approach to the 2018 Democratic primary election. He appears ready to expend even less effort on his bid for a second term in the Nov. 5 general election.

In the hot seat, politicians dodge questions about future races and Johnny Doc’s fate | Clout

Clout puts politicians in the hot seat on election day to answer three questions. Sometimes they're forthcoming. Sometimes they hold back.


Philly primary election shows the power and limitations of incumbency in city’s politics

Sheriff Jewell Williams, a ward leader and longtime party favorite, saw his political career come crashing down Tuesday. He wasn’t the only incumbent toppled, but in a crowded primary, holding office proved crucial for other candidates, like Mayor Jim Kenney.

Kenney wins: Philly mayor easily fends off Democratic primary challengers

Jim Kenney won the Democratic primary, and in effect his second term as Philadelphia mayor, on Tuesday.

From church pews to diner booths, Philly candidates reach out ahead of Tuesday’s primary

If you sat in a church pew or diner booth Sunday in Philadelphia, chances are a politician was there too, hoping for your vote.