Chance for change in Philly GOP in ’11

Reform was the most discussed topic amongst Republicans during yesterday’s primary.

Reform was the most discussed topic amongst Republicans during yesterday’s primary, as young electioneers representing the traditionally-staid party at the polls were galvanized by the possibility of change.

“Republicans are leaning more moderate and looking at the Tea Party with more skepticism,” said 20-year-old Bob Landgraf, who volunteered at St. Hubert Catholic High in Tacony. “They’re realizing they have to change. They have to accommodate the public as a whole rather than cater to their little clan.”

The elections deepened the divide between City Committee-backed Republicans and newer “maverick” candidates who hope to transform what they see as the machine-politics nature of the GOP in Philadelphia.

“There’s no question there’s reform,” said Republican City Council At-Large candidate Steve Odabashian as he visited John H. Webster Middle School in Kensington. “For example, the city commissioner is not a big office, but the race is being watched closely to see how much power the reformers have. I am aligned with the reformers and if Al Schmidt wins, it’s a huge symbolic victory for us.”

“There’s definitely a wind of change about,” electioneer and conservative talk show host Aaron Proctor agreed. “Something is going to happen, if not this year, then in four years.”

 
 
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