It probably has something to do with Council at-Large candidate Joe McColgan being floated as a replacement for Brown after she won the primary in May. “They wanted me to step down,” says Brown. “So I said to them, ‘Unless you got $25 million [in a payoff], it’s not gonna happen,’ and I knew they didn’t have that, so that’s why I threw that number out. They said, ‘How’d you come up with that number?’ I said, ‘$5 million for my staff, and $20 [million] for me.’ That was just my way of saying, ‘Forget it.’”
In all likelihood, though, Brown won’t win. Not that that will stop her from talking a big game throughout the fall. She says Philadelphians will relate to her better than they do to Nutter because of her family background. Specifically, that she had a father who had “to deal with a lot of outspoken women in his life, me being one of them and my mother being another. Unfortunately, Nutter doesn’t have anybody in his family [like] that.”
Featherman’s happy with such statements. “I told Karen … don’t be afraid to use your character. You know, act a little bit different … People like that kind of humor.”
“I will say one thing about her,” says Cibik. “She does have balls.”
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Election Day 2014: Tues., Nov. 4