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Category: Wolfe Op-Ed Articles

Council at Large Candidate Matt Wolfe Calls for Proper Funding and Management of Philly Animal Shelter, ACCT

Council at Large Candidate Matt Wolfe Calls for Proper Funding and Management of Philly Animal Shelter, ACCT

Philadelphia, PA – Republican City Council at Large candidate Matt Wolfe criticized the Kenney Administration for the lack of funding and oversight management of the city’s animal shelter.  Philadelphia only has one open-intake animal shelter and contracts with Animal Care Control Team Philly (ACCT Philly), a nonprofit, to manage it. However, the Mayor appoints its Board of Directors.  The conditions at the shelter have been described by many as “deplorable.”  This year ACCT Philly even had to suspend dog adoptions and intakes due to infections and deaths of sick animals.  Last month the Executive Director abruptly resigned.  The City Controller’s Office has released a report detailing serious waste and mismanagement of both the funds provided by the city as well as charitable grants. Read More

City Council at Large Candidate Matt Wolfe Reiterates Support and Endorsement of  Pete Smith for City Council’s 6th District

City Council at Large Candidate Matt Wolfe Reiterates Support and Endorsement of Pete Smith for City Council’s 6th District

City Council at Large candidate Matt Wolfe reiterated his support and endorsement of Pete Smith for City Council in Philadelphia’s 6th District.  “I have been very supportive of Pete’s efforts since he announced,” said Wolfe.  “I worked to get him the signatures he needed to get on the ballot and I have supported his campaign both politically and financially as much as I can.  I am very glad to have a candidate the quality of Pete on the Republican ticket and on my team.” Read More

Council at Large Candidate Matt Wolfe Calls Kenney’s Refusal to Debate Cowardly; Calls for Council at Large Debate

Council at Large Candidate Matt Wolfe Calls Kenney’s Refusal to Debate Cowardly; Calls for Council at Large Debate

Philadelphia, PA – City Council at Large candidate Matt Wolfe criticized Mayor Kenney for his refusal to debate his Republican opponent, Billy Ciancaglini. Wolfe said “I don’t know what is worse: that the mayor won’t engage in a debate with his opponent or his reason for refusing. Philadelphia is the birthplace of American freedom. That was only possible through the free debate of ideas among those with differing opinions. Debates are a bedrock of the American political system that allowed him to become mayor of a major U.S. city. Mayor Kenney disrespects our City’s and Country’s values by refusing to engage in a meaningful debate of ideas with his only opponent.” He went on to say “And if the Mayor is so confident that his policy initiatives are what is best for Philadelphia, then he should have no reason not to debate.  Failing to do so is cowardly.” Read More

Council Candidate Wolfe Blasts Kenney and Council for Using City Funds to Pay Lawyers of Illegal Aliens

Council Candidate Wolfe Blasts Kenney and Council for Using City Funds to Pay Lawyers of Illegal Aliens

Philadelphia, PA – City Council at Large candidate Matt Wolfe has condemned the allocation of city funds by City Council in the most recent budget to pay for lawyers for illegal aliens in immigration court.  Mayor Jim Kenney announced that the city was partnering with the Vera Institute for Justice to split the cost of this project.  The Vera Institute is a New York City based progressive advocacy group that was started as a project of Louis Schweitzer, a trustee of one of George Soros’ foundations.  Soros spent nearly $1.7 Million helping Larry Krasner get elected District Attorney.

“This is outrageous. Philadelphia’s murder rate is way up and the public education system is failing our children,” noted Wolfe. Read More

City Council Candidate Matt Wolfe Endorses President Trump for Reelection; Asks Other Republican Candidates to do the Same

City Council Candidate Matt Wolfe Endorses President Trump for Reelection; Asks Other Republican Candidates to do the Same

Philadelphia, PA – On the heels of President Donald Trump’s announcement of his candidacy for reelection in 2020, City Council at Large candidate Matt Wolfe endorsed the President and pledged his full support.

“President Trump has been good for America and good for Philadelphia.  He deserves reelection,” said Wolfe.  “The President has been trimming the size of the federal government, and is the first president to do so since Ronald Reagan.  He is eliminating unnecessary and sometimes illegal regulations and executive orders put forth by the Obama Administration.  The Trump tax cuts are the major driver in our expanding economy which has led to lower unemployment rates.” Read More

Republican Wolfe: Brian Sims Represents the Absolute Worst in Politics

Republican Wolfe: Brian Sims Represents the Absolute Worst in Politics

Philadelphia, PA – Matt Wolfe, Republican candidate for City Council at Large, addressed the recent videos of state representative Brian Sims harassing Pro-Life supporters outside of Planned Parenthood in Center City.

“As I watched the videos Sims posted, I was amazed that an elected official was acting in such a hateful and mean-spirited manner. My amazement quickly turned to anger, as I watched representative Sims follow this woman outside of Planned Parenthood for nearly 9 minutes, hurling insults attempting to intimidate her. In the next video I watched, Sims offered a $100 bounty if anyone could identify a few teenage girls praying outside of Planned Parenthood. Brian Sims represents the absolute worst in politics.” Stated Matt Wolfe, Republican City Council At Large candidate. Read More

Republican Wolfe: Krasner a Disgrace for Withdrawing Mumia Opposition, Cares More About Politics Than Victims and Justice

Republican Wolfe: Krasner a Disgrace for Withdrawing Mumia Opposition, Cares More About Politics Than Victims and Justice

Republican Candidate for City Council at Large Matt Wolfe Condemns DA Larry Krasner for Withdrawing Opposition to Mumia Abu-Jamal’s Review of his Case in the Supreme Court

Philadelphia, PA – Matt Wolfe, Republican candidate for City Council at Large, condemned DA Larry Krasner’s decision to withdraw his opposition to Mumia Abu-Jamal’s attempt argue for a new trial before the Pennsylvania Supreme Court.  “Mumia Abu-Jamal savagely murdered Philadelphia police officer Danny Faulkner in 1981.  The evidence is clear and the trial has been reviewed time and time again in the almost 40 years since the murder.  No court has ever given any credence to the arguments that he was innocent or did not have a fair trial.  Larry Krasner owes Danny Faulkner and his family better treatment.” Read More

Matt Wolfe Slams Council for Meek Mill Weekend on St. Patrick’s Day

Matt Wolfe Slams Council for Meek Mill Weekend on St. Patrick’s Day

Philadelphia, PA – Matt Wolfe, Republican Candidate for City Council At Large, denounces City Council’s decision to declare March 15-17 as “Meek Mill Weekend.”

“This is a disgrace on so many levels,” stated Wolfe. “This is a slap in the face to Philadelphia’s Irish community. I am proud of my Irish heritage, and St. Patrick’s Day is our day.” Wolfe has been a long-time member of the Friendly Sons of St. Patrick and an AOH chapter which is no longer active. “Council either did not care about the conflict, or did not even realize there was a conflict. Either way, it shows that City Hall gives no consideration to the Irish community when making decisions.”

The resolution creating this “holiday” weekend was sponsored by 14 of the 17 Council members and stated, in part “Robert Williams, known to the world as Meek Mill, is a critically-acclaimed multiplatinum hiphop artist, songwriter, entrepreneur, actor and criminal justice reform advocate that hails from North Philadelphia.”

“Even putting aside the conflict with St. Patrick’s Day, should City Council be spending their time honoring a convicted felon? Philadelphia has real problems – high taxes, unemployment, crime, drugs etc. – and the fact that they spend their time honoring a rapper is ridiculous. But it is obvious that this is an attempt by incumbents on Council – each of whom will have an opponent in the upcoming elections – to appear ‘hip’ to what they perceive as a younger voter base. Simply put, City Hall is using their positions to increase their chances of reelection – which is a betrayal of the public trust – but has also made Philly a national embarrassment, again, in doing so.”

Meek Mill has been arrested for illegal firearm and drug possession, assault and parole violations.

“And if City Hall is going to honor somebody, why select an individual who has repeatedly committed crimes over the past decade? He is not Nelson Mandela.  Just two years ago he assaulted two people in an airport. Regardless of how you feel about how he was treated by the criminal justice system, we can all agree that there are more deserving people from Philadelphia who we can promote as a role model to our youth. Guion Bluford – the first African American in space and Philly native – is someone who is much more accomplished and could serve as a role model for our youth. Sadly, City Council cares more about reelection than setting a positive example for our children.” Wolfe concluded.

About Matt Wolfe: Matt Wolfe is a former Deputy Attorney General.  He also served in the administration of Governor Tom Ridge as the Chief Counsel of the Department of Labor and Industry, which played a key role in helping Pennsylvania’s economy grow and attract new jobs.  Before that he was Assistant Counsel at the Department of Transportation and he was appointed a Special Assistant District Attorney and Special Prosecutor in several counties.  In Philadelphia, former District Attorney Ron Castille appointed him a Special Assistant District Attorney to represent the city to close down nuisance bars in his neighborhood.  He helped close down the notorious Times Café and the Purple Fox.  He also served with Sam Katz when Sam was on the School Board as a member of the Philadelphia School Board’s Task Force on Scholastics and Sports, which developed academic standards for public school students to meet in order to be eligible for sports and extracurricular activities.

Matt Wolfe has been a community activist in West Philadelphia since he was in college.  He was a long-time member of the Board of Directors of the Spruce Hill Community Association, also serving as its Vice President.  Matt has served as a member of the 18th Police District Neighborhood Advisory Committee and was Vice Chairman of the Woodland District of the Boy Scouts of America.  He is active in his parish, St. Francis DeSales, and has served on the Parish Pastoral Council and as a Eucharistic Minister.

Matt Wolfe has been an active Republican since college, is the Chairman of the University City Republican Committee and has served his community for years as a ward leader and committeeman.  Wolfe is a lawyer, having graduated from the University of Pennsylvania and Villanova Law School, practicing election law and has taught other lawyers in continuing education classes in the area.  He currently maintains his own law office, understanding the challenges that a small business owners face.  His law office is in West Philadelphia where he lives with his wife, Denise Furey.  He has two adult sons, Jay and Ross.

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Matt Wolfe Top Challenger in Straw Poll Among Council At Large Candidates

Matt Wolfe Top Challenger in Straw Poll Among Council At Large Candidates

Matt Wolfe, Republican Candidate for City Council At Large, finished ahead of all non-incumbent challengers in a straw poll Tuesday night, coming in 2nd place overall out of 8 declared candidates. The straw poll was held Tuesday February 19th at the South Philadelphia Republican Coalition’s candidates night, which 200-300 people attended. Wolfe finished first among non-incumbents, and second overall.

“I want to thank the South Philadelphia Republican Coalition for hosting such a great event, and all the Republicans from throughout the city who attended. This was a great night and I am honored to have received such strong support in the straw poll. I am the true Republican voice in this race, and last night’s results showed that voters are excited by my promise to offer a true Republican voice in City Hall that will challenge years of Democrat corruption and failed policies.” Stated Wolfe. Read More