Saturday, April 25, 2015

We knew the City Controller's race was a pissing match. But wow.

We knew the City Controller's race was a pissing match. But wow. Supporters of City Controller Alan Butkovitz, who is seeking a third term in Tuesday's Democratic primary election, are up in arms about a tweet from challenger Brett Mandel on Thursday.

We knew the City Controller's race was a pissing match. But wow.

The tweet that started a pissing match.
The tweet that started a pissing match.

We knew the City Controller's race was a pissing match.  But wow.  Supporters of City Controller Alan Butkovitz, who is seeking a third term in Tuesday's Democratic primary election, are up in arms about a tweet from challenger Brett Mandel on Thursday.

Mandel's tweet said: #aimhigher - @PhillyInqurier endorsement of my candidacy. Also advice I gave my son in the NE High School bathroom!

The tweet included a picture of Mandel's young son, from behind, as he struggled to use a trough-style urinal at Northeast Philadelphia High School during a football game last fall.

Mandel, a self-described "prolific tweeter," said the fuss about this one tweet showed a problem with the campaign, which he had hoped would focus more on the city's troubled finances.

"If this is what we’re talking about, then the campaign has gone off the deep end in craziness," Mandel said. "These guys are worried that I’m tweeting a cheeky picture of my son?"

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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 benderw@phillynews.com
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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 gambacd@phillynews.com
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