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Nutter is Running
Getting a head start on his rivals, City Councilman Michael A. Nutter confirmed last night that he will resign his Council seat in a matter of days to run for mayor next year.
"Tomorrow I will write a letter to the Council president, laying out my timetable for leaving City Council," Nutter said in a brief interview. "I expect to leave by the end of the first week in July."
Mike Nutter is a smart guy, without question. And, he seems to do a good job organizing his constituents, got us a smoking ban, etc. But, I am probably never going to vote for him. Why? Remember this graph?
It asks people in the City what is most important to them. And taxes is all the way down at number ten. This makes sense, because as many of our high priced suburbs, along with the large amount of thriving private schools in Philly show, people are willing to invest money in their future, as long as they think it is being spent wisely.
So, when you go to Councilman Nutter's website, what is his front and center issue? Why, it is taxes, of course. So, who exactly is he appealing to with that message? Certainly not your average Philadelphia resident. Instead, it seems a lot more likely to be towards potential contributors.
As I said, Councilman Nutter is a smart guy. With that intelligence comes responsibility. He knows that 1)Taxes are not a pressing issue for most Philadelphians and 2)That simply lowering them will not create some magical business growth in Philadelphia. There are many things he could do to help small business owners. But cutting the BPT will barely make a dent in anything, if at all. If this is the issue that remains front and center for Nutter, he a)is only winning in a very splintered election and b)will not have my vote. Now, if he moves on from his Chamber of Commerce focused message, and proposes new ideas and real solutions for the people of Philly? I would listen.
Nutter is a smart guy, who ran against the machine in a district where people said an African-American could not win. He has ability. I do not think he is currently using it wisely. I hope that as the season approaches, we will ask Nutter and the rest of the candidates these questions directly, as we do a series of YPP interviews.