William Bender, Daily News
Councilman Jim Kenney has already picked up a labor endorsement in the mayoral race, even though he hasn't officially, technically, formally announced his candidacy, due to Philadelphia's "stupid rules."
The National Union of Hospital and Health Care Employees District 1199C is now backing him.
"Jim Kenney has been a lifelong advocate for Philadelphia's working families. He comes from a union home as the son of firefighter and he's earned his own union card at age 17. Jim has worked to protect bargaining rights and has always been a straight talker and in his approach with labor," District 1199C President Henry Nicholas said in a statement today. "He has the experience and values to move this city forward for all Philadelphians, and I strongly urge him to run for mayor."
On today's episode of Only in Philadelphia, potential mayoral candidate T. Milton Street has hired an attorney to pursue legal action over the way a guest on 6ABC's "Inside Story" referred to Street's criminal record.
Street is unhappy with the fact that Nia Meeks -- who previously served as a spokeswoman for Democratic mayoral candidate state Sen. Anthony Hardy Williams -- called him a "former felon" during an episode that aired Sunday, and is looking at pursuing "all possible legal remedies," according to a statement from Street's attorney, Sean Stevens.
Stevens' statement read in part:
OK gang, it's the moment all of you (some of you?) have been waiting for: City Councilman Jim Kenney is officially going to resign from City Council, thus clearing the way for him to run for mayor.
If you were around the city on Friday, you kind of knew this was going to happen.
Anyway, here's the announcement, just emailed minutes ago from his office to members of the news media:
A political tiff almost 90 miles north of Harrisburg is ringing familiarly clear in local ears and resembling a similar squabble in and around the state’s Capitol.
Stacy Parks Miller is district attorney for Centre County, about 200 miles northwest of Philadelphia. She is being investigated by police for allegedly forging a judge’s signature on a court order purported to reduce a man’s bail more than a year ago as he awaited trial on drug charges.
According to new paperwork filed Monday in the Centre County Court of Common Pleas, Miller affirms the county commissioners are retaliating against her for a prior investigation of hers into a son of one of the commissioners as a potential murder suspect.
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.”
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.
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.
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.