Sánchez on Morales: We don't need another 60 days of this
At this point, everyone is either waiting on Manny Morales to be forced to leave the race for the 7th District Council Seat, to excuse himself, or to provide some evidence that his Facebook account has been hacked and injected with ultra-conservative speech over the last five years.
Thursday morning, while the Democratic committee remained silent, Democratic mayoral candidate Nelson Diaz came out and asked the candidate to withdraw himself from the race.
Incumbent 7th District Councilwoman Mária Quiñones-Sánchez called a presser Thursday afternoon to hear others in her district testify on Morales’ character.
“The values being expressed by [Morales] don’t fit in our community,” said José Carrera, president of the Hispanic Clergy of Philadelphia.
Others said they had been observing Morales’ ultra-conservative Facebook posting long before the story came to light.
Monica Parrilla, president of the Hunting Park Business Association, said that she can’t vote for him based on the way he conducted himself.
Daisy Cruz, the district leader of 32BJ, which represents over 10,000 service workers invested in Philadelphia, said she has been behind Sánchez for a long time. Still, she is waiting for Morales to offer evidence against these claims. If it’s true, however, there is no way Morales has her union’s support.
Chris Gulledge, executive director of H.E.R.O.E.S., stated that he had engaged in private conversations with Morales on Facebook. He said Morales used the same combative and prejudiced languages towards Black men evidenced in his posts that went public.
Once again, Councilwoman Sánchez called on Bob Brady, leader of the Democratic committee, to renounce his endorsement of Morales. According to the councilwoman, Bob Brady had been made aware of Morales' posting history before the MeetMannyMorales.com website went public on Monday. She stressed that the Democratic party cannot afford to have Morales taint its image with his contrary viewpoints, especially in light of the Democratic National Convention coming next year.
“We don’t need 60 days of further fighting,” Sánchez said, referring to the time between now and the Democratic primary in May.
What will her course of action be if Bob doesn’t rescind the Morales’ endorsement?
“I’m going to spend 60 days hammering this candidate,” she responded.