Nutter endorses McElhatton for DA


It's official.

Mayor Nutter has waded into the five-way Democratic primary for District Attorney - and endorsed Dan McElhatton, who in one recent poll was said to have been trailing front-runner Seth Williams.

McElhatton is a former City Councilman who chaired former Mayor John F. Street's ethics board.

His campaign just sent out a news release stating that Nutter had recorded a phone call message about his endorsement, known as a robo call.

The transcript: "Hi, this is Mayor Mike Nutter. On Election Day join me in voting for Dan McElhatton for District Attorney. I served with Dan on City Council and I know he has the experience, independence and toughness we need in our next D.A.. Dan McElhatton is getting my vote because our city needs a D.A. who's ready on day one. That person is Dan McElhatton."

"Politically for McElhatton, this is like manna from heaven," said Democratic political consultant Larry Ceisler. The only questions: Why did Nutter wait so long?