Manny Morales’ Press Conference Denying Facebook Posts and Staying in Race is Amazing

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By Kenneth Lipp

The Declaration’s last election update with the Spirit featured some drama from the 7th District. The Democratic ward leaders had picked Manny Morales over incumbent Councilmember Maria Quinones-Sanchez, and it turns out that Morales is probably a bigot (though it is not absolutely impossible for ‘hacking’ and ‘photoshop’ to have a role in the fiasco, as is the line out of the Morales camp). Mr. Morales gave a press conference yesterday stating that he was voluntarily asking the Philly Dems to rescind their endorsement, and also to deny his responsibility for objectionable social media posts and to affirm that his candidacy was still live.

In the series of videos below we see Morales and campaign spokesman Michael Blackie spend 20 minutes trying not to discuss the Facebook posts, mostly without success. Caution: it’s painful to view at times, and eventually finds Mr. Blackie admonishing the press repeatedly that the last time he checked this was America. The Jehovah’s Witnesses get a mention. You can still hear the spokesman and reporters’ colloquy in the background in the last video, as the candidate delivers a summary of his press conference in Spanish.

The Morales campaign has also alleged fraud against Maria Quinones-Sanchez in the form of three deceased persons’ on the Councilwoman’s ballot petitions, an allegation Quinones-Sanchez denied.

Videos via Jose Hernandez

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About Kenneth Lipp

Kenneth is a writer and researcher. He’s from Alabama, and will not apologize for it. He moved to Pennsylvania in 2012, but has been in love with Philadelphia since a late-night stroll down Ben Franklin Parkway to the Art Museum in July of 2011 with the love of his life. He is interested in telling Philadelphia’s dynamic and absolutely unique stories with the zeal of a constantly enamored newcomer. Kenneth is also passionate about government transparency and protection of whistleblowers, most notably PFC Chelsea Manning. His research and reporting on law enforcement and surveillance have been featured in various publications, including Rolling Stone (Meet the Private Companies Helping Cops Spy on Protesters) and Popular Science (Boston Tested Crowd-Watching Software That Catalogues People's Skin Color). His training is in both genetics and history and he likes the joke about being a helicase and unzipping your “genes.” He’s driven to know, and thinks you can handle, the truth. Follow him on Twitter @kennethlipp.

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