Chaka Fattah’s legacy, then fresh faces try to break into Philly politics

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    Guests: Aaron Moselle, Jon Geeting, Jen DeVor and Matt Wolfe

    On Monday, former U.S. Representative Chaka Fattah was sentenced to 10 years in prison for stealing hundreds of thousands in public funds to repay an illegal campaign loan, accepting bribes from a wealthy friend, and using campaign cash to help pay off some of his son’s college tuition debt. It is one of the longest terms ever imposed on a member of Congress for federal corruption crimes. We’ll talk about the trial and Fattah’s legacy with WHYY reporter AARON MOSELLE. Then, we’ll discuss the new faces that are hoping to change the Philadelphia Democratic Party. JON GEETING, Director of Engagement at the political action committee Philadelphia 3.0, will talk about the increased interest people have shown in running for political office since the Presidential election.  And we’ll be joined by JEN DEVOR, a South Philadelphia committee person, who worked with the existing Democratic political structure in her Point Breeze neighborhood to win the seat as an outsider. It’s not just the Democrats. For the perspective of a Philadelphia Republican, we’ll call MATT WOLFE, a Ward Leader in West Philadelphia.

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