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.