As Mayor Nutter made his rounds recently in the State Capitol, urging lawmakers to pass the city's budget-relief legislation, he was shadowed by an unlikely figure: GOP City Controller candidate Al Schmidt.
"I was following in his wake, trying to correct the record," Schmidt said. "I wanted to explain that Philadelphia was in dire financial shape not simply because of the national economy, but because of political decisions that this mayor and former mayors and City Council have made."
It sounds strange, doesn't it? A Philadelphia Republican clashing with a powerful Democrat for actual ideological reasons? And on a matter of serious public importance?
Schmidt pitched his views to a powerful audience: Republican leadership in the state Senate. He says he met with Senate Majority Leader Dominic Pileggi (R., Delaware), Majority Whip Jane Clare Orie (R., Allegheny), and Senate President Pro Tem Joseph B. Scarnati (R., Cameron), among others.