Philly councilwoman calls on Democratic Party to rescind endorsement of her opponent in primary

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 Councilwoman Maria Quiñones-Sánchez is seeking a third term without the backing of Philadelphia's Democratic Party. (Tom MacDonald/WHYY)

Councilwoman Maria Quiñones-Sánchez is seeking a third term without the backing of Philadelphia's Democratic Party. (Tom MacDonald/WHYY)

An endorsement snub has a Philadelphia City Councilwoman calling foul.  Councilwoman Maria Quinones-Sanchez will have to run a third time without the Democratic Party’s endorsement.While brushing up for a potential debate with her opponent, Councilwoman Maria Quinones-Sanchez says she found disturbing remarks by party endorsed candidate Manny Morales.  Quinones-Sanchez says they prove Morales doesn’t understand the the district or the Democratic Party for that matter.

“He shows a level of intolerance that is not unifying factor for how you bring constituencies together,” she said.

Sanchez went so far as to call Morales, who is a block captain in her district, more of a Tea Party candidate than a Democrat.  That doesn’t wash with city party chairman and Congressman Bob Brady.

“He’s been around I’ve never known or been able to find any kind of evidence that he’s a tea partier, I don’t understand that accusation at all.”

Quinones-Sanchez based her attacks on comments Morales made over the last few years on social media.  She’s urging supporters to call the Philadelphia Democratic Party and urge them to rescind the endorsement.

Brady says it’s city ward leaders who make endorsement decisions, not him the chairman.

The Pennsylvania primary, including races for Philadelphia Mayor and City Council are May 19.

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