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Statement by Philadelphia District Attorney Candidate Beth Grossman on Mayor’s Endorsement of Opponent

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“I am the candidate with the proven track record for fighting crime
instead of coddling criminals.” – Beth Grossman

Philadelphia District Candidate Beth Grossman issued the following statement today in response to Mayor Jim Kenney’s endorsement of her Democratic opponent:

Mayor Kenney’s endorsement of my opponent demonstrates that for him, November’s election for District Attorney of Philadelphia is about partisan politics over public safety.

So, let’s set the record straight about what is at stake in the upcoming election.

I do not consider myself the “Republican candidate” for District Attorney. Nor do I consider myself the “woman candidate.” Or even the “two-fisted candidate” (as some have rightly described me). I am the experienced candidate… the candidate with the proven track record for fighting crime instead of defending criminals. And above all, I am the people’s candidate. All of which Mayor Kenney conveniently overlooked.

I served for over 21 years as an Assistant District Attorney in the Philadelphia District Attorney’s Office. I have tried almost every kind of case and served in every division in the office. For eight years, I headed up a unit that dealt with public nuisance and quality of life issues in neighborhoods all over Philadelphia. During that time, I attended hundreds of community meetings all over the city, meeting and listening to residents about problems in their neighborhoods and figuring out ways to address these issues.

Unlike my inexperienced, criminal coddling opponent, I am not backed by a European billionaire who has wreaked havoc worldwide. A European billionaire who knows nothing about Philadelphia, its multitude of neighborhoods nor the distinct public safety and quality of life issues affecting each individual neighborhood. He is a disreputable European billionaire who doesn’t care about anything but his own agenda. A European billionaire who purchased the Democratic primary nomination for my opponent. A European billionaire who knows nothing about the good, decent, law-abiding people of Philadelphia – and (like my opponent) could not care less.

I am proud of the fact that I am not endorsed by Philadelphia’s Mayor. A Mayor who imposed the soda tax upon us which has harmed small businesses and caused hardworking Philadelphians their jobs. A Mayor who oversees a city which has had a steady increase in homicides since he took office. A Mayor who has endorsed my opponent who has never prosecuted a criminal case – but has eagerly made his money on the other side.
The role of the District Attorney is to prosecute the criminal laws of the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania fairly, justly and ethically — and to protect everyone’s constitutional rights in the criminal justice system, including those accused of crime. This is the most paramount obligation of any prosecutor. Diversionary programs, drug and alcohol treatment and community service all play an important role in preventing recidivism than straight up incarceration. And we all agree that community policing and building trust between communities and the police must continue to improve.

However, somewhere along the line, the right of Philadelphians to live free from crime and fear in their own neighborhoods has become been given short shrift by our current mayor and his handpicked candidate. Residents who just want to peacefully and productively live their own lives, safely walk their own streets, raise their families and let their kids play outside have been sacrificed by the Mayor and my opponent on the perverse altar of so-called criminal rights above all else. The total safety for all Philadelphians must and should be a priority for any District Attorney. Conducting a grand social justice experiment in coddling criminals at the cost of public safety and quality of life will result in Philadelphia becoming like Baltimore, Chicago and Detroit.

And I will not allow this to happen.

First and foremost, I am a Philadelphian. And I love this city and its people. That’s why I am committed to putting public safety over petty, partisan politics. Crime doesn’t care about party labels or political pandering. And neither do I.

 

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Debate: Anytime and Any Place


Beth Grossman wants debate with Democratic Opponent Larry Krasner in race for District Attorney of Philadelphia

Philadelphia, PA.  Beth Grossman, Republican nominee for District Attorney is actively seeking to meet with as many Philadelphians as possible before Election Day on

Tuesday, November 7th, 2017. Beth would like to deliver her message and discuss the issues concerning the city, in debates with her opponent Larry Krasner.

Beth has been campaigning on her 21 years of prosecutorial experience and the need for public safety over politics. She believes the citizens of Philadelphia need to hear what both candidates have to offer and having debates with her opponent is vital in delivering her message.

Anyone who is interested in hosting a debate or a candidates’ forum – such as civic groups, registered community organizations and community development corporations –  are encouraged to contact her campaign.  They may do so through her website at BethGrossman4DA.com.  If her schedule is open, Beth will gladly attend.

“It would be my pleasure and privilege to attend any debate with Larry Krasner” Grossman says.

“I think Mr. Krasner understands that the District Attorney serves all of the people of Philadelphia, and it is the right of the people to hear what their candidates have to offer”

The Grossman campaign says they have reached out to Mr. Krasner in challenging him to a debate, but his campaign insists he is limited on time and is therefore unavailable. It is her hope that this message will encourage him to do his duty as a candidate for such an important government position.  

Response to Larry’s Op Ed

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In his op-ed, my opponent in the Philadelphia District Attorney’s race wrote about the current health care reform and how, among other things, it threatens public safety.

 

The subject of his op-ed is an attempt to deflect his greatest weaknesses as a candidate for Philadelphia District Attorney – his complete lack of prosecutorial experience and well-established personal disdain for the actual functions of the District Attorney’s Office. Namely, prosecuting those accused of crime, advocating for victims of crime, and serving as Philadelphia’s chief law enforcement officer. Those accused of crime are entitled to the best defense and this is what my opponent has done for his entire legal career. However, he has never served the interest of public safety and anyone who looks at his record as a lawyer and political candidate can plainly see that this is not his priority. This should be a major concern to all Philadelphia residents, regardless of political affiliation.

In his op-ed, my opponent fails to address how lack of health insurance would affect victims and survivors of crimes. This includes individuals who are hospitalized for months due to vicious assaults and gunshot wounds; those who have lost loved ones to homicide who will deal with the emotional trauma for the remainder of their lives; those who have been sexually assaulted and, months and years after physical wounds have healed, still deal with emotional trauma warranting therapy. In my two decades as a prosecutor, I have served those individuals who have been gravely injured at the hands of others

The Pennsylvania Victims Compensation Assistance Program (VCAP) does contribute to some of these costs, including reimbursement of insurance co-pays, out of network expenses and other out-of-pocket costs. However, it is the payer of last resort and the overall maximum amount award is $35,000.  VCAP pays an average of $13 million dollars per year on behalf of crime victims.  Having experience with VCAP, I believe that increasing the maximum award amount is something for which a District Attorney can and should advocate.

My opponent makes no mention of the disturbing 20% increase in city-wide homicides or the epidemic of domestic violence and sexual assaults. Nor has he mentioned throughout his campaign the concerns of the vast majority of Philadelphians who simply want their neighborhoods to be free from crime and to have a good quality of life.  He wrote:

As a citizen of Philadelphia and a candidate for District Attorney, I stand with you to defend the safety, the health, and the well-being – I indeed the very lives – of the people of our city and state We must do more than resist; we must resist and then build a more just society

 

In his use of the word “resist”, it is clear that my opponent is using a catch phrase of a national protest movement and has neither the experience nor the desire to perform the essential functions of a District Attorney’s Office – those functions that contribute to and hopefully improve public safety.  In the day to day tasks of trying to earn a living, raising children and taking care of family, most Philadelphians don’t want to resist.  They want to be safe.

The issues of Medicaid and health care coverage are indeed critical but they are legislative issues to be resolved at the state and federal levels. My opponent has built personal wealth from defending those accused of crime and suing the police department and the city. Now, in his candidacy, he is running on a combination of protest group narratives and national talking points. In America, he has the right to run for public office, by it may be more appropriate for Larry to run for a legislative office and not for District Attorney of Philadelphia.

 

EXPERIENCED. INTEGRITY. COMPASSIONATE.

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For over 21 ½ years, Beth served as an Assistant District Attorney in the Philadelphia District Attorney’s Office. She proudly served in every division of the office, including Trials, Juvenile, Law, Investigations and Narcotics.  Her diverse experience, which includes over ten years of supervisory and management experience, includes:

Chief Assistant District Attorney – Public Nuisance Task Force

  • Worked with community groups and city agencies to abate public nuisances in neighborhoods all throughout Philadelphia.  These nuisances included drug houses and businesses, dangerous bars, abandoned lots, negligent landlords and other quality of life issues that harm neighborhoods.
  • Conducted a two-year grand jury investigation of a large warehouse fire that resulted in the tragic deaths of two firefighters.

Chief Assistant District Attorney – Dangerous Drug Offender Unit        

  • Oversaw the investigation and prosecution of mid to upper-level drug dealers, using all investigatory tools including wiretaps.

Assistant Chief Assistant District Attorney – Municipal Court Unit

  • Trained and supervised entry-level prosecutors responsible for prosecuting thousands of misdemeanor trials and felony preliminary hearings a year.

Assistant District Attorney – Special Investigations Unit

  • Investigated and prosecuted cases involving municipal corruption and other crimes committed by city employees.

Assistant District Attorney – Civil Litigation Unit

  • Represented the District Attorney’s Office and its employees in civil matters.

Assistant District Attorney – Municipal Court, Juvenile and Trial Units

  • Tried hundreds of cases, including robberies, assaults, and child sexual abuse cases.

 

In April of 2015, Beth resigned from the District Attorney’s Office to become Chief of Staff at the Philadelphia Department of Licenses and Inspections, where she gained experience in overseeing and managing a large city department.  During her tenure there, Beth oversaw the implementation of new demolition contractor license legislation and requirements to ensure that incidents like the demolition tragedy that occurred at 22nd and Market do not happen again.  At Licenses and Inspections, Beth also worked with city agencies including the Commerce Department in addressing public nuisances and improving residential and commercial corridors.

 

STATEMENT REGARDING SETH WILLIAMS

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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
June 29, 2017
Point of Contact: Nathan Calvert, 662-803-8793, nscalvert@gmail.com

BETH GROSSMAN CANDIDATE FOR DISTRICT ATTORNEY STATEMENT REGARDING SETH WILLIAMS

“Today is a sad and embarrassing day for Philadelphia. Too often we have seen our elected officials charged with corruption, and too often we watch this become the norm. Seth’s guilty plea proves that the law applies to everyone. The citizens of Philadelphia are tired of being exploited and the last thing we need is another politician that is bought and paid for. We need a true and committed public servant. I am that person. I want to restore the public’s trust in the District Attorney’ Office and allow it to do the job it is supposed to do without distraction.”

PHILADELPHIA F.O.P. LODGE 5 ENDORSEMENT

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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
June 27, 2017
Point of Contact: Nathan Calvert, 662-803-8793, nscalvert@gmail.com

BETH GROSSMAN CANDIDATE FOR DISTRICT ATTORNEY STATEMENT ON PHILADELPHIA F.O.P. LODGE 5 ENDORSEMENT

“I am honored and proud to have received the endorsement of the Philadelphia Fraternal Order of Police. Their support is a testament of their commitment to improving every Philadelphian’s quality of life.”

BETH GROSSMAN CANDIDATE FOR DISTRICT ATTORNEY STATEMENT ON RECENT VIOLENCE

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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
June 3, 2017
Point of Contact: Nathan Calvert, 662-803-8793, nscalvert@gmail.com

BETH GROSSMAN CANDIDATE FOR DISTRICT ATTORNEY STATEMENT ON RECENT VIOLENCE

“One Councilman stabbed, two adults and three kids killed. What is at risk for our city goes beyond party politics. We need a District Attorney with actual prosecutorial experience. Philadelphia’s safety should not be put at risk through a politicized social experiment. We need a District Attorney who will hold criminals accountable for their actions. Crime does not care what political party you are, it affects us all. The repercussions of this election are real. It’s time to bring this issue to the forefront.”

BETH GROSSMAN IS THE ONLY DA CANDIDATE FIGHTING FOR VICTIMS

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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
May 19, 2017
Point of Contact: Nathan Calvert, 662-803-8793, nscalvert@gmail.com

The District Attorney’s Office is responsible for enforcing Pennsylvania’s criminal laws fairly, justly and ethically. The District Attorney’s Office also must champion the rights of victims and survivors of crimes – many who bravely testify in court about horrific and traumatic things that a criminal defendant or defendants have inflicted on them. This is neither the experience nor the belief of Mr. Krasner, whose law firm website advertises about defending rapists and child sex offenders. Where his website states,

“Many of those cases have resulted in complete acquittals, probationary sentences with no sex offender registration, or eventual dismissal due to the defendant’s limited mental capacity or for other reasons.”

Mr. Krasner has no experience advocating for victims of crime. Everyone is entitled to the most effective criminal defense possible – that is our system. But when a District Attorney candidate has spent his 30-year career convincing juries that his clients are being victimized by the actual victim, you must ask yourself, “Is this who I want as our District Attorney?” This answer is simple: No.