Scandal-Ridden Dem Retires

Rep. Robert Brady, a longtime powerhouse in Philadelphia Democratic politics, announced Wednesday that he will not seek reelection to the House.

Brady has represented south Philadelphia in Congress since 1998, but he has long had a ruling hand in the city’s politics, serving as chairman of the Philadelphia Democratic Party for more than 30 years.

The old-school politician and party boss — known in Congress as a fixer and backroom dealmaker — has been dogged by questions about retirement in recent months amid a federal probe into allegations his campaign paid a primary challenger to drop out in 2012. But Brady cited a desire to spend more time with his family — not the investigation — as his reason for stepping down.

“I love my job, I love my district, and most of all, I love the people I have served,” Brady said in a staff announcement obtained by POLITICO and later released publicly.

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