Hoping to clear the field in the looming Democratic primary for the 13th congressional district, state Rep. Brendan Boyle Tuesday touted the endorsement of U.S. Rep. Bob Brady, who also is chairman of the Philadelphia Democratic machine.
"I'm 100% behind Boyle," Brady said in a statement relesed by Boyle's campaign. "We need smart hard-working guys like him down in Washington. I look forward to campaigning with him and working together with him in Congress."
Boyle said in a statement of his own, "I'm honored to have the full backing of Congressman Brady." The words "full backing" were not underlined, but the import is clear.
There is a vacuum because one of Brady's oldest friends, former City Controller Jonathan Saidel, is dropping his own putative campaign. Brady would have been all the way behind Saidel, who stepped out of the 2007 mayoral primary in favor of the city chairman.
My Daily News colleague Chris Brennan first reported that Saidel is not running because he wants to give way to former U.S. Rep. Marjorie Margolies-Mezvinsky, who served one term in the seat but lost reelection in 1994 after voting for President Bill Clinton's 1993 tax increase package.
The seat is coming open in 2014 because U.S. Rep. Allyson Schwartz is running for governor. She has said she would not run for both offices at the same time, which she could do legaly.