Monday, September 22, 2014
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City Controller Alan Butkovitz: I'm loved for the enemies I've made

City Controller Alan Butkovitz officially kicked off his campaign for a third term Monday morning by listening to a group of elected officials and union leaders describe how he has ticked off people in power during his first two terms.

City Controller Alan Butkovitz: I'm loved for the enemies I've made

City Controller Alan Butkovitz has not hid his desire to run for mayor in 2015. (File photograph)
City Controller Alan Butkovitz has not hid his desire to run for mayor in 2015. (File photograph)

City Controller Alan Butkovitz officially kicked off his campaign for a third term Monday morning by listening to a group of elected officials and union leaders describe how he has ticked off people in power during his first two terms.

"I'm really touched," Butkovitz said when he finally reached the podium. "I guess the theme is: We love him for the enemies he's made."

Butkovitz, who faces three foes in the May 28 Democratic primary election, cities his office's investigation in 18 charter schools, a forensic audit of the Philadelphia Sheriff's Office and examination of attempts to circumvent the city's minority contracting legislation as reasons he should be re-elected.

"These are substantial anti-corruption moves," Butkovitz said.

Pat Gillespie, business manager for the Philadelphia Building Trades, served as master of ceremonies for the event and denounced "a number of charlatans" who he said were funding Butkovitz's opponents.  That seemed a clear reference to Brett Mandel, who led Butkovitz in fund-raising, according to the most recent round of campaign finance reports.

Butkovitz also faces two former members of the city Law Department, Michael Williams and Mark Zecca, in the primary.  Butkovitz is widely considered to be a potential candidate for mayor in 2015. He would have to resign as controller, if he wins a third term, to run for mayor.

City Council President Darrell Clarke joked about disagreements he's had with Butkovitz. "If everyone loves the City Controller, then the City Controller is not doing his job," Clarke said.

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Chris Brennan, a native Philadelphian and graduate of Temple University, joined the Daily News in 1999. He has written about SEPTA, the Philadelphia School District, the legalization of casino gambling, state government, the mayor, the governor, City Council and political campaigns. E-mail tips to brennac@phillynews.com
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Jenny DeHuff is a 2005 graduate of the University of Rhode Island, where she cut her teeth in journalism. A South Philly transplant from New England, she joined the Daily News City Hall Bureau in 2013. For the past several years, she has worked as an investigative reporter exposing corruption in suburban politics, covering sometimes ghastly criminal court cases and following the people’s money and how its spent. In addition to being a dogged news hound, she enjoys reading and writing about travel, animals, Irish whiskey and aviation. E-mail tips to dehuffj@phillynews.com
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