Too far? Local GOP releases ‘March Madness’ bracket of embattled Philly pols

The Philadelphia Republican City Committee's "March Madness" bracket of Philadelphia politicians. Credit: Philly GOP
The Philadelphia Republican City Committee’s “March Madness” bracket of Philadelphia politicians. Credit: Philly GOP

The Philadelphia Republican City Committee is at it again.

The Philly GOP released a parodic “March Madness” bracket this weekend featuring as contestants pictures of Philadelphia politicians accused of various improprieties ranging from alleged ethical violations to felony charges.

All of the politicians in the image had charges leveled against them within recent weeks and mostly during March itself.

“Usually the month of March comes in like a lion and out like a lamb; however in Philadelphia, the lion continues to roar,” said Philly GOP executive director Joseph DeFelice in a statement. “The blatant disregard these individuals have for their voters is ridiculous. We have had our own version of March Madness and thereby we introduce the ‘Underhanded 8.’”

The bracket highlights local politicians, all Democrats, who are under fire for various allegations.

State representatives Ronald G. Waters, Vanessa Brown, Louise Bishop and Michelle Brownlee were all alleged to have accepted bribes from an undercover operative working for the Pennsylvania Attorney General’s office. That sting was shut down with no criminal charges, but the Pennsylvania state house is considering an ethics committee investigation. Also implicated in the probe was former Traffic Court presiding judge Thomasine Tynes, who also faces federal criminal charges related to Traffic Court.

State Sen. Leanna Washington is facing felony charges for theft of services and conflict of interest, after allegedly forcing staff to work on her campaign fundraiser and birthday party.

State Rep. J.P. Miranda is charged in Philadelphia with conflict of interest, perjury and criminal conspiracy for allegedly hiring his sister to work at his office and paying her through a “ghost employee” who didn’t work at the office.

State Rep. Pam DeLissio, running for reelection in Philadelphia, is facing a challenge in court to her candidacy due to reportedly registering for car insurance and signing up a homestead exemption on a house in Dauphin County, while she must reside in Philadelphia to remain eligible for her office.


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