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
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.”
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.”
Obama wins the primary. Nutter begins campaigning for him throughout Pennsylvania, alongside fellow Clinton partisan Gov. Ed Rendell.
The Obama administration changes the rules on how municipalities receive federal money.
Philadelphia receives majority of $23 million in TIGER Grant dedicated to Philly and Camden for bicycle and road improvements.
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.
Nutter appoints former Redevelopment Authority head Terry Gillen as director of federal affairs in the Mayor’s Office.
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.”
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.”