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POSTED: Monday, January 26, 2015, 3:04 PM

This post comes to you PhillyClout readers from the one, the only, Wendy Ruderman:

Hey Philadelphians, if you haven’t already, now is the time to run out and stock up on eggs, milk, bread – and well, cinnamon. This snow-preparedness grocery list comes directly from our mayor so you may want to chew it over.

“Philadelphia is the city of French toast,” Mayor Nutter said during an early afternoon presser. “Everyone apparently has to have French toast during a snow event. I don’t really know what that’s all about, but apparently, that’s a big thing.”

POSTED: Sunday, January 25, 2015, 6:59 PM

Former city solicitor Ken Trujillo, who shook up the mayor's race last week when he surprisingly withdrew his candidacy, told Philly Clout today that he hasn't yet decided which candidate he will support. 

Trujillo said each of the announced Democratic candidates -- former District Attorney Lynne Abraham, former Common Pleas Judge Nelson Diaz, and state Sen. Anthony Hardy Williams -- reached out to wish him well when he announced that he had to withdraw to attend to family concerns. 

A handful of politicians who are still on the sidelines, mulling whether to enter the race, also reached out to him.

POSTED: Sunday, January 25, 2015, 1:10 PM

One of the main gripes in the Philadelphia mayor's race so far – other than the complete and utter chaos – is that we don't yet know where exactly the candidates stand on major issues. I'm sure we'll find out more in the coming weeks as the field settles.

But this Philly Clout can confirm today, right now: Former District Attorney Lynne Abraham is opposed to animal cruelty.

Abraham's campaign today released a YouTube video produced and directed by Bill Whiting, founder of Animal Advocates for Lynne, endorsing Abraham for mayor. Whiting's dog, you may recall, was held for ransom in 2007. Abraham prosecuted the case.

POSTED: Friday, January 23, 2015, 3:28 PM
Kenneth Trujillo on May 21, 2014. (Clem Murray / Staff Photographer)

An update on City Councilman Jim Kenney's likely mayoral bid from Ryan Briggs:

A source close to Ken Trujillo informed Philly Clout today that Councilman Jim Kenney met with former mayoral candidate Ken Trujillo’s campaign manger Bill Hyers and PR consultant Ken Snyder yesterday.

According to the source, who spoke on the condition of anonymity, Trujillo is moving to throw the staff and money he assembled for his abortive mayoral run behind Kenney.

POSTED: Friday, January 23, 2015, 1:16 PM
Philadelphia Councilman Jim Kenney. (Charles Fox / Staff Photographer)

Is City Councilman Jim Kenney about to jump into the 2015 mayor's race? Looks like we're about to find out. 

Jim Engler, Kenney's legislative director, said Kenney will release a statement by the end of today. 

When reached by phone, Kenney said he was "not prepared" to declare whether or not he was entering the race, and instead referred questions to Lauren Hitt, who until earlier this week was serving as the campaign spokeswoman for former city solicitor Ken Trujillo.

POSTED: Thursday, January 22, 2015, 1:22 PM

UPDATE: Martinez has decided not to run. See her statement below. That was fun for a few hours. 

Former City Solicitor Ken Trujillo, who unexpectedly dropped out of the mayor's race yesterday, has thrown his support – which could include considerable sums of money – behind former city Human Services Commissioner Alba Martinez.

The question now is: Does she want to run?

POSTED: Wednesday, January 21, 2015, 12:47 PM
Kenneth Trujillo on May 21, 2014. (Clem Murray / Staff Photographer)


A source who has firsthand knowledge of Trujillo's surprise announcement said concerns with the candidate's extended family forced him to withdraw. 

"There's nothing scandalous going on, certainly nothing illegal," the source said. "Some issues have arisen with his family in New Mexico. He's going there this weekend."

POSTED: Friday, January 16, 2015, 10:27 AM

Diaz: I'll fix the city schools...or die trying. William Bender has the story as Nelson Diaz joins the mayor's race. 

No sleep lost over candidate lineup in mayor's race, in this week's Clout from Chris Brennan. 

Break in charity-theft trial as Don Tollefson is hospitalized. 

About this blog
William Bender, a Drexel graduate who landed at the Daily News in 2007, has covered everything from South Philly mobsters to doomsday hucksters. He occasionally writes about local food trucks and always eats everything on his plate, whether it be a bloody rib eye or a corrupt politician. E-mail tips to
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David Gambacorta, has been a reporter with the Daily News since 2005, covering crime, police corruption and all of the other bizarre things that happen in Philadelphia. Now he’s covering the 2015 mayor’s race, because he enjoys a good circus just as much as the next guy. He’s always looking to get a cup of coffee. Send news tips and other musings on life to
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