Why Mayor Nutter's Rise to National Prominence Is Better for Philly Than We Think

By Randy LoBasso
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So for now, Nutter’s both with us and with them. We can’t do without the federal government’s cash, and the government can’t do without big-city Democrats spreading its message. These days, all politics are local except, it seems, local politics—and neither side can afford to do it any differently.

Nutter Goes National
Tracking the mayor’s prominence outside Philly

May 2007

Obama sends out campaign email endorsing Rep. Chaka Fattah over Councilman Michael Nutter in the Philadelphia mayoral race. “All his life,” Obama wrote in the email, “Chaka has been a true champion for Philadelphia’s neighborhoods.”

June 2007

Nutter endorses Hillary Clinton in the presidential race: “I met with both Sen. Clinton and Sen. Obama last year, and I made my judgment based on their experience and policy ideas.”

June-Nov 2008

Obama wins the primary. Nutter begins campaigning for him throughout Pennsylvania, alongside fellow Clinton partisan Gov. Ed Rendell.

February 2009

The Obama administration changes the rules on how municipalities receive federal money.

February 2010

Philadelphia receives majority of $23 million in TIGER Grant dedicated to Philly and Camden for bicycle and road improvements.

October 2010

Nutter leads a Philly rally alongside Obama, Rendell, gubernatorial candidate Dan Onorato, and senatorial candidate Joe Sestak. Nutter is booed so loudly during his speech, he stops and attempts to begin a “Yes we can” chant. It doesn’t work.

November 2010

Nutter appoints former Redevelopment Authority head Terry Gillen as director of federal affairs in the Mayor’s Office.

June 2011

Mayor Nutter becomes vice president of the U.S. Conference of Mayors. Calls cuts in spending by Tea Party freshman class the “great retreat by the federal government.”

July 2011

Nutter goes on The Rachel Maddow Show, says the federal government needs to act like adults: “We don’t have time for this type of game-playing and brinksmanship.”

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1. SC said... on Sep 26, 2012 at 10:36AM

“Interesting read.”

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2. cn said... on Sep 26, 2012 at 01:43PM

“This is a mayor of a city where violent crime is rampant, schools are a joke, taxes are increased three years in a row and the city is still going broke, and he's being considered for a federal position? That must be the democrat definition of success.”

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3. Anonymous said... on Sep 26, 2012 at 11:40PM

““People think you pick up a phone and make a phone call and they send you a bundle of cash,” says Gillen, “and it’s really not that way.”

Who thinks this?”

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4. Anonymous said... on Sep 29, 2012 at 02:58PM


Does Philly Weekly even care what they publish any more? Might as well publish 40 pages of sex ads.”

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5. 2 streeter said... on Oct 1, 2012 at 06:18AM

“philly is trash, so he should be in the limelight?”

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6. DEBlanks said... on Oct 1, 2012 at 03:49PM

“Gov.Rendell by 1996 took care of business in Philadelphia, as I read A Prayer For The City, Philadelphia was uplifted, on better fiscal ground, and far from where it was prior to him taking office. In Nutter's circumstance, he has to ask what has he done outside of interviewing for a national position? Are Philadelphian's uplifted? Is the fiscal outlook better? Is education on better footing? Has Nutter led on anything?”


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