Republican Mayoral Candidate: ‘Philly Already Had A Black Mayor’
Candidates running for elected City Offices today randomly selected their ballot positions by pulling numbers from a tin can. But not everyone left City Hall with the same smiles–or confidence– that they initially sported earlier this morning when they first arrived.
Ballot positioning is important, especially considering most elected positions within the democratic party are over-saturated with candidates. One’s placement on the ballot could make or break a candidate’s campaign, because voters who are unfamiliar with those running are more likely to select the top listed candidates over those listed near the invisible bottom of the ballot.
Within the Democratic Mayoral candidates, an aid for Mayor Michael Nutter drew number two for him, which will leave his challenger, Milton Street’s name, at the top of the ballot in May.
Within the two Republican Mayoral candidates, which is between former school teacher and Democrat-turned-Republican Karen Brown and John Featherman– who has yet to win any election despite running for Congress and twice for Senate– Featherman managed to choose the golden number one ticket, putting him above Brown on the ballot.
The former teacher has more than a dozen years to her name as a committeewoman in the first district’s ward, however, despite her experience, she may need schooling on political politeness.
Leaving City Hall today, she told her campaign personnel that “Philly already had a black mayor. That coin’s been done.”
UPDATED: Featherman released a response:
“Remarks like that are exactly what gives the Republican Party in Philadelphia a bad name,” John Featherman said. “Karen Brown should immediately apologize for her racist remarks.”
Note to candidates: wait until you’re back inside your campaign offices– or at least until you’re outside of City Hall– before talking smack.