Today's must-read: A City Paper piece on the rise of new City Council President Darrell Clarke, as mysterious a leader Philadelphia has seen in ages.
How much of an enigma is this guy? You tell me what you know about the second most powerful man in the fifth largest city in the nation. I covered City Hall for a couple years in the late 1990s and had no clue Clarke had kids. But there he was at his swearing in next to beautiful daughter, Nicole Bright. And check out the photos of a grinning Grandpa Clarke holding adorable 1-year-old grandson, Kadin Jones.
Clarke's official bios suggest he possesses only a high school education, but a campaign Q&A on the Committee of Seventy's website says he earned an associate degree (in what?) at Rider University. So which is it? And how old is Clarke, anyway?
If Isaiah Thompson had not reported it, I would never have guessed John Street's protege lived anywhere but Strawberry Mansion. How, when and why did Clarke wind up in a rowhouse in Kensington? The President isn't saying.