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Friday, April 11, 2008

Philly Politicos Kick it Old School - Chris Matthews on his Hunting Park roots

Chris Matthew breaks down the Philadelphia political machinery in this article about his grandfather who lived near Broad and Hunting Park.

Organized into wards, the local party is further broken down into hundreds of voting divisions. Each division is overseen by two committee persons whose job it is to get their neighbors to vote for the endorsed candidate for every office. My grandfather Charles Patrick Shields was a Democratic committeeman in the 43rd Ward. As you might figure by his name, he was an Irish-American classic. He lived with Grandmom in a row house in Nicetown, on 15th Street, a short walk from the busy corner of Broad Street and Hunting Park.

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