First the BUILDPhilly Coalition Mayoral Forum on Independence Mall for a breakfast event.
Then the Philadelphia CeaseFire and the Philadelphia Youth Commission Youth Violence Prevention Summit at Dobbins High in North Philly in the afternoon.
Then a meet-and-greet with evening commuters at the Clothespin at 15th and Market before a ride up to Chestnut Hill to speak at a ward meeting.
Those were the events to which mayoral candidate Lynne Abraham bounded on Wednesday, a day after the 74-year-old candidate jolted the race by fainting during a debate aired on live television.
Sure, questions were swirling about her campaign’s viability after she fell on stage 10 minutes into the debate at the Kimmel Center.
But not long after that happened, the “one tough cookie” candidate was already bemoaning the fact that she couldn’t get back on stage. She joked, “How’d you like my opening act? Nothing like fainting on stage.”
She blamed the one-time aberration on dehydration, and told NinetyNine that her doctor instructed her to drink more water.
“It was really simple. I neither ate nor drank anything [Tuesday],” Abraham said. “When you don’t eat or drink, and stand up for a long period of time, sometimes you just lose it for a few minutes, and that’s what I did. So I’m fine.”
As chance would have it, NinetyNine previously scheduled a tag-along day for our candidate photo-gallery series with Abraham on Wednesday.
The idea of postponing was never broached, leaving photographer Tracie Van Auken with hours on end (like, 8 a.m. to 10 p.m.) to watch a candidate regain her footing from breakfast until well after dinner, which you can see in the gallery above.