Northeast Times

Editorial: It’s paypack time, Mr. Mayor

Back when he was run­ning for may­or in 2007, Mi­chael Nut­ter was all re­form, all the time. The former city coun­cil­man touted his im­age as a mav­er­ick, a rare breed of politi­cian who thinks out­side the box to serve the pub­lic.
The Demo­crat­ic can­did­ate’s ef­forts to ex­ploit his dogged de­term­in­a­tion to clean house in City Hall were so ef­fect­ive that he won every ward in the city, in­clud­ing those in the North­east, where Mr. Nut­ter’s Re­pub­lic­an op­pon­ent, Al Tauben­ber­ger, was a long­time res­id­ent.
While Mr. Nut­ter has done some great re­form-minded things as chief ex­ec­ut­ive of the city, he ap­pears to be slip­ping in­to the role of Just An­oth­er Big City Demo­crat­ic Politi­cian as he nears the end of the first year of his second and fi­nal term. A glar­ing ex­ample is the use of tax­pay­er money to pay for two aides to ac­com­pany him to the Demo­crat­ic Na­tion­al Con­ven­tion in Char­lotte, N.C. earli­er this month.
While at­tend­ing a pres­id­en­tial nom­in­at­ing con­ven­tion is per­fectly fine, the trip was en­tirely polit­ic­al, and every dol­lar of the ex­penses as­so­ci­ated with it should come from either the may­or’s cam­paign or per­son­al funds or the Demo­crat­ic Na­tion­al Com­mit­tee’s treas­ury.
In a per­fect world, Mr. Nut­ter’s fel­low Demo­crats — for in­stance, con­gress­man Bob Brady, head of the Demo­crat­ic City Com­mit­tee; vet­er­an state Rep. Mark Co­hen, who nev­er met a per diem he didn’t like; or City Con­trol­ler Alan Butkovitz, who has the power to with­hold pay­ments of city funds — should blast the blatant mis­use of pub­lic funds.
Don’t ex­pect them to say any­thing, however. Why should they? They hold of­fice in a town whose voters have fool­ishly al­lowed them­selves to be gov­erned by one party for more than 60 years.
Send let­ters to the ed­it­or to: pronews@bsmphilly.com

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