City Councilman William K. "Bill" Greenlee, seen as vulnerable to well-funded, well-known challengers for an at-large Democratic seat in the May 17 primary, is rallying the political troops for the last week of election.
Maybe it was the campaign finance reports turned in Friday, that showed high-profile challengers Sherrie Cohen, Ed Nesmith and Andy Toy each with more money to spend than Greenlee, who had more than $58,000. But Mayor Nutter called a press conference Tuesday to endorse Greenlee publicly for a second time.
"It appears that, somehow or some way, there are a few who don't know the extensiveness of Councilman Greenlee's record," Nutter said in front of the Family Court Building at 1801 Vine St., highlighting Greenlee's legislation mandating leave for victims of domestic violence. Former Gov. Ed Rendell is also backing Greenlee, Nutter said.
The low-key Greenlee -- Nutter called him "the most understated overachiever" he ever encountered in public service -- was the former chief of staff to long-time liberal Councilman David Cohen. Cohen's daughter, Sherrie Cohen, 55, an attorney and activist from Olney, is now a political threat to Greenlee.
Greenlee, 58, of Fairmount, a ward leader like Nutter, has been a moderate voice on Council, though not always on the same side as the Mayor. Nesmith, a ward leader and developer from South Philadelphia, lent himself $100,000 for the final weeks of the campaign while Toy, 52, an economic development specialist from Logan Square, has $137,000 on hand and showed strongly in a his unsuccessful 2007 Council bid.
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