This month, Philadelphia magazine has a great long-form piece on three generations of Philadelphia political leaders named Bill Green.
AT AN EVENING meet-the-candidates session for State Senate, Bill Green proves he is his father’s son. The first-term City Councilman has come to the Ethical Society on Rittenhouse Square for a function thrown by the Liberty City LGBT Democratic Club, and is using the opportunity to pepper one of State Senator Vince Fumo’s aides with questions. “Is Senator Fumo committed to serving four years?” he asks, standing in the crowd.
“I don’t know what you’re talking about,” Fumo’s aide, Ed Hanlon, replies.
“What about the indictment?” Green shoots back.
“I don’t think that’s an appropriate thing to talk about,” responds Hanlon. “We want to talk about the issues.”
Just hours from now, Fumo will withdraw from the race to focus on the 139-count federal indictment he faces. This entire conversation will be rendered moot. What’s memorable about it is the way Bill Green stands up in an open forum and tries to commandeer the floor, the way he turns a pizza-and-beer political event into his own personal grandstand. “Is Senator Fumo committed to serving four years?” he asks again. The crowd seems a little uncomfortable. MORE
There are also mentions to Dave Glancey and other people I’ve interviewed.