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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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