Democratic Philadelphia elects Whig to public office
PHILADELPHIA — The Democratic bastion of Philadelphia elected a Whig to public office.
Voters chose Robert “Heshy” Bucholz to be an election judge in the Rhawnhurst section of the city. He joined the Modern Whig party about three years ago.
Bucholz believes he may be the first Whig to win at the ballot box in Philadelphia in nearly 160 years. Residents chose Whig Robert T. Conrad as mayor in 1854.
Bucholz beat his Democratic opponent, 36-24, on Tuesday. As election judge, he's responsible for overseeing equipment and procedures at the polls.
Bucholz told The Associated Press on Thursday that Whigs represent a sensible middle path between Democrats and Republicans.
Four U.S. presidents have been Whigs — William Henry Harrison, John Tyler, Zachary Taylor and Millard Fillmore. The party largely disappeared in the 20th century, but was revived in 2007.
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