A new TV ad (and labor endorsement) arrives for Jim Kenney

 State Rep. Dwight Evans, who ran for mayor eight years ago, shakes Jim Kenney's hand at last week's endorsement event in West Oak Lane. That event features prominently in a new campaign ad. (Bastiaan Slabbers/for NewsWorks)

State Rep. Dwight Evans, who ran for mayor eight years ago, shakes Jim Kenney's hand at last week's endorsement event in West Oak Lane. That event features prominently in a new campaign ad. (Bastiaan Slabbers/for NewsWorks)

As reported by WHYY’s Dave Davies, Forward Philadelphia — the independent expenditure group backing former City Councilman Jim Kenney’s mayoral bid — launched a new ad (above) touting Kenney’s endorsement last week by a group of African American elected officials.

The 30-second spot also shows Kenney, who is white, walking with the black elected officials along a street, which means Forward Philadelphia heard about the endorsement event last week and got a video crew there. …

Political media sources tell me Forward Philadelphia is spending around $70,000 a week on its ad buys. That’s enough to have an impact, but far less than the roughly $500,000 a week that another group, American Cities is spending to support State Sen. Anthony Hardy Williams.

Check out Davies’ story, which includes details of IBEW Local 98’s plans to formally endorse Kenney on Wednesday.

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