Philadelphia Inquirer article today by Bob Warner details Robert "Heshy" Bucholz successful effort to establish a political foothold for the Modern Whig Party in Philadelphia. He outpolled his Democratic opponent by 50%!(36 votes to 24) to win Judge of elections in the Mayfair section (northeast Philly). he will feed off the public trough for 4 years (100 dollars per Election Day). He says he ran because of the voter id law, not that he particularly cares about the law one way or the other. It's just that he thinks it should be enforced, even though he doesn't see much need for the law. Btw, his wife is a registeredrepublican, he was registered Independent.
Some historical background below. Bucholz wasn't the first Philadelphia elected Whig.
The first of three Whig mayors was elected in 1844. The last from 1854 to 1856 was Robert T. Conrad, elected with the dubious backing of the Know-Nothing Party---presumably when it wasn't engaged in burning Catholic churches in that decade. And yes, Abraham Lincoln was a Whig. There would be an odd symmetry if the MWP eventually superceded the GOP. Anyone know of other MWP office holders?
Btw, the Modern Whig Party was established in 2009 and has 30,000 members nationwide. Just think how the MWP could grow if the Koch Brothers backed it.