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Thu Feb 18, 2021, 09:29 PM

Philly State Rep. Malcolm Kenyatta is running for U.S. Senate

State Rep. Malcolm Kenyatta, a Philadelphia Democrat, has announced he is joining the growing list of candidates for Pennsylvania’s 2022 U.S. Senate race.

Kenyatta made the run official in an MSNBC appearance Thursday evening.

“I know that we have an opportunity right now to … make sure that we have a country that doesn’t just talk about justice and fairness for all, but that actually makes it real,” he said.

The 30-year-old, who grew up in North Philly, is still a relative newcomer to the political world.

After graduating from Temple University, Kenyatta worked for years as a community activist. He won his state House seat in 2018, becoming just the second openly gay person — and the first Black gay man — to serve in the body.

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He has quickly built a reputation as an outspoken — and media-friendly — member of the general assembly, making cable news appearances during Pennsylvania’s frequent election-season moments in the national spotlight, and getting social media attention for his fiery floor speeches.

Like many Philadelphia Democrats, Kenyatta is progressive. His recently-cosponsored bills include measures that would allocate emergency COVID-19 relief for low-income people, expand early voting, and prohibit law enforcement from using certain military-grade equipment.

But while several of his fellow young, urban progressives in the legislature endorsed Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders and his Democratic Socialist platform during the Democratic primary, Kenyatta immediately and vocally supported now-President Joe Biden — saying he “has dedicated his life to fighting for the middle class and the Obama-Biden administration did make significant progress for our country. . .”


https://whyy.org/articles/philly-state-rep-malcolm-kenyatta-is-running-for-u-s-senate/




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Reply Philly State Rep. Malcolm Kenyatta is running for U.S. Senate (Original post)
rogue emissary Thursday OP
msongs Thursday #1
PCIntern Thursday #2
Happy Hoosier Thursday #3
rogue emissary Friday #4
Happy Hoosier Friday #5
rogue emissary Friday #7
Happy Hoosier Friday #8
rusty fender Friday #6
fishwax Friday #9
rusty fender Friday #10

Response to rogue emissary (Original post)

Thu Feb 18, 2021, 09:44 PM

1. one hopes the primary does not get too divisive nt

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Response to rogue emissary (Original post)

Thu Feb 18, 2021, 09:53 PM

2. Oh please....

I’m not gonna comment here, I’ll get blasted , but this ain’t gonna happen for a variety of reasons. You’ll see as this progresses.

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Response to rogue emissary (Original post)

Thu Feb 18, 2021, 10:25 PM

3. He's running against the LT Gov?

He's gonna get crushed.

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Response to Happy Hoosier (Reply #3)

Fri Feb 19, 2021, 12:12 PM

4. Why do you believe that?

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Response to rogue emissary (Reply #4)

Fri Feb 19, 2021, 12:38 PM

5. Because I think....

most PA democrats recognize that he cannot win statewide. I like him well enough, but he is considerably further left than most PA Democrats... at least the ones I know.

John Fetterman is popular, and tough. He CAN win state wide.

My opinion, of course. we'll see how it plays out.

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Response to Happy Hoosier (Reply #5)

Fri Feb 19, 2021, 12:54 PM

7. Considered further left, Kenyatta endorsed Biden in April 19.

Which the far left are attacking him for not endorsing Sanders. Their saying he can't be a progressive for endorsing Biden.

Fetterman ran for this seat a few years ago. He only got 20% of the primary vote that time. Doesn't seem like foregone conclusion he will crush all the other candidates.

Can't speak to how popular or liked he is in the state.

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Response to rogue emissary (Reply #7)

Fri Feb 19, 2021, 12:58 PM

8. We'll see.

I like Malcolm, don't get me wrong. Maybe he'll do better than I expect.

Fetterman raised his profile during the post-election period quite a bit. Among my relatives in PA, he has raised his profile and popularity considerably.

But.... we shall see.

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Response to rogue emissary (Original post)

Fri Feb 19, 2021, 12:46 PM

6. I wish him luck,

but if I were him I’d try to re-win my House seat for a few more times in order to build and maintain a loyal constituency, build name recognition, and learn more about politics from one of the very best politicians: Nancy Pelosi.
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Response to rusty fender (Reply #6)

Fri Feb 19, 2021, 01:11 PM

9. he's a rep in the Pennsylvania State Assembly, not the US House

Which seems like a more natural next step than the statewide senate race. I've liked what I've seen of him, but the senate seems like a reach, particularly given the jump that Fetterman has in terms of statewide presence, national profile, and (presumably) fundraising.

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Response to fishwax (Reply #9)

Fri Feb 19, 2021, 05:44 PM

10. Wow!

I did not know that, thanks, which makes it much more sensible for him to try running for a federal house seat
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