Last night the Montgomery County Democratic Committee held its endorsement convention. Even though numerous prominent Montgomery County Democrats have called for State Senator Daylin Leach to resign due to allegations of sexual misconduct (read an article from Philadelphia magazine), he still garnered enough support to prevent one of the candidates opposing him in the 17th Senate District primary from receiving enough votes to receive the committee’s endorsement.
From the Philadelphia Inquirer:
The top two candidates in the first round of voting were Cappelletti and Leach. They advanced to a second round, in which Cappelletti won 91 of the 160 ballots cast — just five votes short of winning the endorsement, according to the tally announced by party chairman Joe Foster.
Leach, addressing party activists before the vote, touted his progressive bona fides and asked committee members to stand with him “because it’s hard” — a reference to a speech by President John F. Kennedy. “I know some of you are worried someone will yell at you or tweet something nasty about you,” Leach said.
Running in the primary are:
Shae Ashe and Jamie Mogil withdrew just prior to the convention.
In the MoreThanTheCurve.com coverage area (Conshohocken, West Conshohocken, Plymouth Township, and Whitemarsh Township), the 17th Senate District includes West Conshohocken and Plymouth Township. Leach is touting endorsements from fellow politicians and the only elected official thus far from West Conshohocken and Plymouth Township backing Leach is Plymouth Township Council Member David Gannon. Here is the complete list:
More to come.