With several omissions, "Nutter Wins in Philadelphia" casts a much more negative light on Michael Nutter, Philadelphia's Democratic nominee for mayor, than he deserves.
In highlighting Nutter's support for a "stop and frisk" policy to deter gun violence, the article fails to mention that two of Nutter's opponents--including the disingenuous Chaka Fattah--published policy papers advocating the same position. The article also did not mention Nutter's long commitment to civilian review of police matters, as demonstrated by his leadership in writing and winning passage of a bill (against the wishes of then-Mayor Ed Rendell) establishing a Police Advisory Commission for the city way back in the mid-1990s. Finally, the article does not mention that for such a heavily contested primary in Philadelphia, Nutter's appeal across racial lines was nothing short of historic. Voting returns indicate that Nutter likely won the most votes among both black voters and white voters.
Philadelphians of all backgrounds are proud and excited to have elected such a reform-minded, independent candidate to lead our great city. I encourage progressives who read The Nation to be proud and excited for us, too.
Jun 6 2007 - 6:06pm