Tariq El-Shabazz (Inquirer)

A new candidate has now officially thrown his hat into the District Attorney’s race: Tariq El-Shabazz.   Or as I prefer to refer to him: the “orange bearded fellow”, visible from great distances, that magnificent mane that no one can help but notice.

There’s a lot of things that bring me pause to El Shabazz as well as those who serve in law enforcement who have been talking to me about him.

He’s financially destitute.   El-Shabazz owes the state and federal government loads of money in back tax liens.  Mounting tax liens in the six-figure range is not a sign of great financial management and it would seem he’s closer to declaring bankruptcy than he is declaring victory in a DA’s race.  He says he has it all wrapped into a payment agreement–but so far he won’t disclose any proof such an agreement exists.  Considering that new liens are being attached to him; it’s highly unlikely that what he’s saying can be believed.

His most recent experience has been as a defense attorney.  And it wasn’t a very successful career as one.   A few lawyers that know him mutually that I have spoken with did comment positively that he’s been effective at trial.  However his business acumen in keeping a defense law practice up and going?  Not so much.   Philadelinquency uncovered that his law practice was evicted for non-payment of rent.

These are just some of the basic things we know.   Today I have something to show you that’s a lot bleaker.


A Montgomery County court docket that was sent to PDQ by courier shows that in 2009 an individual filed with a court a Protection From Abuse petition.   A “PFA” is a court order barring a stalker from going anywhere near a person they are abusing.  Usually they are filed due to domestic violence and for stalking cases.   If the order is violated this gives local police the right to immediately incarcerate an individual as violating a PFA order is itself a crime.

In this particular protection from abuse order Tariq El-Shabazz fought to have it upended by hiring a lawyer who got the PFA reversed.  While PDQ does not have copies of the actual court filings themselves, the docket seems to indicate that the PFA was indeed withdrawn.

More information has come to PDQ that also seems to cast serious doubt as to Tariq El-Shabazz as being a resident of Philadelphia.   Like the case with Fred Ramirez who lives in Bristol but wants to be a state representative for North Philly, Tariq El-Shabazz has been known to live in Hatboro, PA for a number of years.    The person that filed the protection of abuse order against him also lives in Willow Grove in Montgomery County.

He Probably Won’t Want To Talk About It

Like his IRS liens, I’m pretty sure El-Shabazz won’t want to talk about protection from abuse orders to the media or even to the public who are voting in the election this May.  Leaving this PFA unanswered is not going to be a winning strategy.

There’s also been some vexing in the local press about there not being a black candidate running for DA after Keir Bradford-Grey declined to run for the position, even after (alleged) coaxing from the likes of billionaire Democrat-funder George Soros.

If Tariq El-Shabazz is hoping to ride into the District Attorney’s Office solely on the content of his skin alone and have identity politics carry him to the finish line that may not work.

While the voter turnout is expected to be low, this is the year where the endorsement of the Fraternal Order of Police matters a great deal.  Many in law enforcement who live in Philadelphia from the police (well, those who haven’t moved out of the city yet), prison guards, Sheriff’s deputies and Federal court employees not to mention all the other workers who interact with the criminal justice system on a routine basis as employees—that’s thousands of people here–do turn out and vote as they do care deeply about who the next DA is.   The DA’s office is something they interact with on a routine basis and have a personal interest in the outcome of the race.

Moreover, the Democratic City Committee has made it a point not to endorse any candidate, leaving ward leaders of the city who go to the expense of printing out sample ballots free to endorse whomever they want.   Usually a ward leader will tip their hat to whomever is the most generous with their donations to the ward.

Another factor will be where voters vote.   For instance, citywide elections matter little to areas like Fishtown, Point Breeze or Strawberry Mansion where voter turnout is traditionally low.  It will matter a great deal to Northwest Philadelphia where voter turnout performance in off-season elections is much higher than average and to law enforcement who lives in those wards and up in the Northeast.

This will also be the first District Attorney’s race where Black Lives Matter could possibly be a factor in the outcome.  It remains to be seen if BLM can organize anything by May to activate people to vote.   Don’t count on BLM endorsing Tariq El-Shabazz though–he is best-buds with DA Seth Williams and that’s how he landed in his role as First ADA in the first place.

What Now?

With the DA’s office now an anything-goes, anyone-could-be-DA situation, El-Shabazz’s entry doesn’t create any new certainties in this chaotic scramble to replace Seth Williams.

It also doesn’t help that Philadelphians aren’t going to be that good expressing what they really want from a District Attorney.   It’s up to the batch of candidates running to try to stand out on their own with a vision of what law enforcement in our city should look like.

Would a pro-criminal DA that’s light on enforcement prove more popular with the public?

Perhaps a return to Lynne Abraham’s tough-cookie rule would be more palpable?

I don’t think anyone knows the answer to that.   A lot of people in Philly are very passionate about what they think is wrong with the criminal justice system in Philly, and their answers on how to fix it are impossible to pin down–but they know they’re angry.  I know I am as well.

Illegal gun prosecutions in Philly have dropped by more than half since Seth Williams took office and our homicide rate has been climbing.

That’s not good.

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I run posts about a Democrat who doesn’t live in North Philly who wants to be the 3rd person in a row to walk into a State House Rep. seat in disgrace in North Philly and he doesn’t live in the district he wants to represent (the previous two occupants got convicted). Nobody cares. You also won’t care that this same dude also heads up Stenton charter school (remember charter schools? Don’t you hate those?) and there’s a wrongful-termination suit outstanding that also claims he’s being investigated by the FBI. That’s been covered here and by 2 other outlets. But of course you don’t give two shits—you’re too stupid to contemplate it.

But now… some dipshit comes out with a font with boards on it (I’m not even going to satisfy you with a link to anything about it–tough shit.) and you all lose your fucking minds. How much of a fucking simpleton are you? Not only are you whiny, you are weak. And your priorities are FUCKED UP. Go piss yourselves over a fucking font while yet another charlatan takes office over the poorest district in Philly, collects a check and does not give two shits about anyone he claims to represent.

You are fucking MORONS.


This is Freddie Ramirez.  I wrote about him last week because he wants to become a State Representative for West Kensington and Fairhill in the 197th District in Harrisburg.   He owes the state thousands of dollars in back income taxes.

The previous occupant of that state rep. seat, Leslie Acosta, was booted out because she was convicted and sentenced for her role in a money laundering scheme related to a health clinic in Juniata.  Governor Wolf even begged her to resign her seat.  She refused.   She then lobbied Democratic ward leaders to hand-pick Ramirez as her replacement and won.  The Democrats put Ramirez forward as their candidate for the 197th.

There is just one problem:  there is a growing body of evidence that strongly suggests he doesn’t live here.

The Pennsylvania Constitution states in Article 2 Section 5 that state representatives must live in the district that they want to represent for one year before the date of election.  The special election to replace Acosta is March 21, just weeks away.

The Invisible Neighbor

In Commonwealth Court today the Republican City Committee presented evidence that Freddie Ramirez is rarely if-ever seen at his home located at 430 West Annsbury Street.

Is anybody home? 430 West Annsbury, the registered home of Frederick Ramirez
Is anybody home? 430 West Annsbury, the registered home of Frederick Ramirez

This Google Street View photo taken in September 2014 long before his entry into politics shows weeds at Mr. Ramirez’s house growing out of control and crawling up the burglar bars on the first floor and a rose bush that has reached the hight of the first floor kitchen windows.   The rear yard consists of a masonry wall with badly overgrown plants and broken fences. (Click here to tour the outside).

Two witnesses who live on the block came to testify.  One witness said she had never seen Mr. Ramirez enter or leave the house since she moved in.   Another witness who lives directly across the street from Ramirez testified that she neither saw Mr. Ramirez coming and going from the house and also has never seen trash put out for collection for that house as opposed to the other houses on the same block which are occupied.

Water Analysis

Over 20 months of Mr. Ramirez’s electricity and water bills were entered into the record.  Philadelinquency pulled Mr. Ramirez’s most recent water statement and this is what we came up with:


Mr. Ramirez’s water bill for January is $27.87 which is the lowest water bill you can possibly have for a residential row-home and not be on public assistance.  That amount represents 0CCF water usage as the amount you owe solely consists of basic charges.

I’ll use my own water bill to explain:


This is the last bill I got from the Water Revenue Bureau.   I normally only pay my water bill about 3 times a year because this is the only utility I have that still to this day does not support a BillPay service that everyone gets for free with their bank’s checking account.   I refuse to give access to my checking account to a City agency, much less a City-owned company.

My stormwater charges are exactly the same as Mr. Ramirez’s:  $14.12

A service charge of $13.75 is assessed on every water bill for every residential rowhome in Philadelphia.  The technical term for it is “Meter Type R”.  The Service Charge includes a water fee of $6.58 and a sewer fee of $7.17.   $6.58 plus $7.17 equals $13.75.  Simple enough.

You should be able to see where I’m going with this:   the only way you can have a bill for $27.87 in a rowhome is if you showed 0CCF of water usage.

If you look carefully at the water account summary, Mr. Ramirez showed a payment of $30 in January against his account and a current balance of $25.74.

Mr. Ramirez has a $25.74 balance because he didn’t use enough water in December and got a bill for $27.87.  He overpaid that bill with his $30 payment by $2.13 and when you subtract January’s water bill by $2.13 you arrive at his current water balance.

During court testimony Mr. Ramirez’s water bills were read aloud.   He recorded 0CCF water usage on his water bill for several months in a row before he would finally tick the meter over.

I guess Fred Ramirez for State Representative doesn’t ever bathe and certainly doesn’t do his laundry at home.  The only way that I know of achieving 0CCF water usage for 3 months in a row for several stretches over 24 months is to never bathe, rarely flush the toilet, don’t do laundry at home and to eat off paper plates all the time.

Perhaps instead of showering he uses baby wipes?

Bristol, PA

So if it’s possible that Fred Ramirez doesn’t live on Annsbury Street in Philadelphia, then where does he live?

A source that doesn’t want to be named provided me an address with where he claims Mr. Ramirez could be spending a lot of his time.  That address points to the Delaview Apartments on Radcliffe Road.  I decided to follow up on this and started looking.

Mr. Ramirez seems to be pretty involved with the Bristol community.   For instance:


That photo I found from a newsletter mentioning the Bristol Rotary Club.  The man in that photo looks an awful lot like a younger version of the Mr. Ramirez I saw in court today.  In fact it’s from 2010.



Then there’s the White Pages with a VERY interesting listing that matches Mr. Ramirez’s name and age.


Well… do I really need to show any more evidence here that Mr. Ramirez doesn’t live in Philly?

Despite All This, He Expects You To Vote For Him

I don’t think I have really ever seen anyone disqualified from a Philadelphia election because they don’t live in the district they’re running in, much less even inside the state.   It’s easier to prove a first degree murder case on flimsy circumstantial evidence than it is to prove residency before a Pennsylvania judge, even if you paid a private investigator to tag that person for months to show that they don’t live in the city.

The most famous example of this adage is none other than T. Milton Street, Sr. the brother of the former Philadelphia mayor John Street.   Milton Street has been challenged multiple times over his residency.  In 2015 he defeated a ballot challenge before the Pennsylvania Supreme Court without the services of a lawyer representing him.  In both instances he was accused of living in Moorestown, New Jersey.  Many of his Facebook postings on his personal page are geo-tagged to Moorestown.

When asked by lawyers representing appellants: “where do you go to bed at night?” he famously replied “I sleep where I get tired.”


Seriously, Democrats: when faced with replacing a convicted criminal in a voting district that’s well-beyond 80% Democrat, this person is the best you could come up with?   This is the safest State Representative district in the entire state.  You could have picked anyone, and I mean ANYONE, to replace Ms. Acosta.

You couldn’t find someone who has neighborhood bona-fides who you’re certain actually lives here?

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