Lots of chewy speculation about the frontrunners in the invisible psychological primary for Philadelphia Mayor, taking place some 18 months before the actual event. Top bits:
- Last week the Inquirer noted that US Rep. Chakah Fattah is keeping himself visible in the area, giving out lots of federal grant money on a variety of fronts, including school safety, park improvements, and a national memorial to colonial slaves.
- The City Paper did a double-header of profiles of a couple of the other local favorites:
- Michael Nutter "not as boring as you think" (!), a lengthy piece which reviews many of Nutter's recent accomplishments and missteps, and attempts to peer into his personality a bit.
- A day in the life of John Dougherty, a shorter riff on a man who may or may not still be a "regular working stiff" and/or a political outsider.
- Meanwhile, Mary Patel's "Political Notebook" muses on a few other figures shadowing the mayoral discussion, including Bob Brady and former Republican candidate Sam Katz. (This piece also discusses Carol Campbell's power as Ward Leader and other miscellany.)