Mayor Nutter and Councilman Jim Kenney buried the hatchet for a few minutes Thursday afternoon for the signing ceremony of Kenney's bill to expand LGBT rights in Philly.
As teenagers, they were classmates at St. Joe's Prep, and as Council colleagues, they were tag-team antagonists to John Street's administration. These days, however, they're bitterly divided, and this year's budget hearings has made the split more apparent than ever.
Kenney, whom many speculate will run for mayor in 2015, has emerged as Nutter's chief critic on the fourth floor, ripping on what he sees as an arrogant management style that has spread across the administration. Though Nutter seldom makes personal attacks in public, administration officials privately gripe about Kenney's inflammatory ways.
But on Thursday, they smiled, shook hands and codified one of the strongest city laws in the country concerning LGBT rights (especially the T, in this case). In introducing Kenney, Nutter acknowledged their differences and extended an olive branch. Here's the full quote: