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It's Time To Retire Bob Brady's Political Circus Act

Ladies and gentlemen, children of all ages, I direct your attention to the center ring for our next act of Philadelphia political derring-do.  Congressman and Democratic Party boss Bob Brady, seemingly accused of bribing a political opponent, will attempt to walk the tightrope that is the gray area between right and wrong in Philadelphia's political circus.  Cue the calliope music and get your popcorn because this act -- performed with no net -- may be playing for the final time.

It has been reported that a political aide for a rival candidate has admitted participating in a scheme in which Congressman Brady’s campaign paid $90,000 to a Primary Election opponent to get him to agree to abandon his electoral challenge.  While Congressman Brady has not yet been accused of a crime, the facts presented pull back the curtain to show how the ringmaster of Philadelphia's political circus keeps the show going after so many years of stale performances.

Brady's political-death-defying acts have drawn cheers from fans for years.  In the recent past, Brady avoided legal repercussions when he was connected to ticket-fixing scandals at Philadelphia Traffic Court and when he was connected to improper spending of state economic-development funds.  Despite a clown-car full of Democratic elected officials who have followed a big-top parade to prison, Brady has remained in the spotlight.

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