Archive: May, 2011
Councilman Bill Green was in high spirits at the Famous today and predicted that all five City Council at-large incumbents would be re-elected, despite some strong challenges. But of course, the big story with Green is his interest in the 2015 mayoral election, which effectively kicks off today.
We asked Green who he thought the 2015 mayoral frontrunner was: ""I think that’s clearly me," he said.
Check out our video interview with Green below:
Union organizer Jeff Hornstein, who is locked in a tight four-way race for the 1st Councilmanic District, tells us turnout is looking good for him today.
"Turnout’s great, everywhere we want it to be great. It’s light in Squillaville and heavy in Hornsteinville," Hornstein said, referring to opponent Mark Squilla.
But Squilla said "I don't know where Hornsteinville is, so I couldn't tell you."
Upstart Democratic Mayoral candidate T. Milton Street says he's feeling good about his chances at the polls today.
Street, a former state senator who recently served time for failing to pay his taxes, said he was optomistic, saying: "It’s early yet and I think the majority of the people will vote between 5 and 8. Right now I think I’m doing very well."
Regardless of what happens, Street says he has no plans to go away.
We just saw State Representatives Brendan and Kevin Boyle, who are representing Northeast Philadelphia out in Harrisburg.
But, they don't always agree. Brendan Boyle said he thinks all bets are off when it comes to the 2015 mayoral race, which effectively kicks off today.
"After today no matter what happens there will be no front runner," Brendan said. Meanwhile Kevin Boyle said he liked District Attorney Seth William's chances.
Turnout today will likely be grim, according to State Rep. Mike O'Brien, who's supporting union organizer Jeff Hornstein in the contested 1st Councilmanic District. "We'll be hard pressed to get above 15 percent," O'Brien just told us.
Check out his video interview below:
Here's some data from the Committee of Seventy on turnout through 10 a.m.
* 1st Ward, Division 1 (First Councilmanic District): As of 10:30 a.m., 23 out of 479 registered voters had cast a ballot.
* 1st Ward, Division 4 (First Councilmanic District): As of 10:30, 46 voters/627 registered
PhillyClout is reporting live from the Famous Fourth Street Deli, where the city's politicians have gathered on Election Day to nosh and talk shop for decades.
We just caught up with Councilman Frank Rizzo, who says turnout seems light throughout the city. But Rizzo, who was not endorsed by Republican City Committee, predicts that he'll get through the primary just fine.
"I think I’m fine, because most of the ward leaders that are significant have committed to me," Rizzo said.
While most insiders expect that Mayor Nutter will easily beat T. Milton Street in today's mayoral primary, there is one interesting question hanging over today's vote. Just what percentage of the vote will Street get?
Check out this story we did a few weeks ago that looks at the embarrassment factor for Nutter depending on how much of the vote Street earns. We call it the Mayoral Embarass-O-Meter.