The honeymoon, it seems, is over, the victim of a $1 billion budget hole that has led Nutter to shut libraries and swimming pools and remove fire companies.
Until now, his tenure had remained relatively free of controversy. But Philadelphia's escalating budget crisis has presented some rare defensive moments for the mayor, and left some wondering whether he made political missteps in estimating how the news would be received.
"When you've had a very long honeymoon, you can sometimes get fooled and believe you are going to have that good will forever. But good will is very fragile in a crisis," said Zack Stalberg, president of the Committee of Seventy, a government watchdog group.