The Republican candidate in the Philadelphia district currently held by Sen. Arlen Specter has announced his support for the city’s first LGBTQ district councilman, Wilson Goode.
On Tuesday, Representative Brian Sims announced that he was endorsing Goode, saying that “Given the support that Senator Specter and his Republican Party colleagues provided to the construction of the First Franklin Street Church, I am hopeful that he will work with the citizens of his district to overturn the controversial zoning designation change that is a major factor in the destruction of the neighborhood we were both born and raised in”.
McCloskey said he agrees.
“I agree with Wilson Goode 100 percent,” McCloskey said. “My family lived in south Philadelphia for 23 years. I am more than proud to be going back to our community in the process of becoming Philadelphia’s first openly-gay senator. Wilson is equally committed to good government and to implementing constitutional amendments to protect voting rights and the right to life.”
On Sunday, John Watson, the president of the Democratic party in Philadelphia also endorsed Goode, saying that he “understands the passion of Wilson Goode for the people of the South Philadelphia community that he has lived in and that is now making its mark in the City of Philadelphia as a thriving neighborhood.”