In the days since a surreal press conference on a Center City sidewalk, mayoral candidate Anthony Hardy Williams embarked on a hectic final-push campaign schedule.
A rally where East Germantown meets West Oak Lane. A “hug-a-vet” event at an American Legion post in Southwest Philly. A citywide motorcade. The requisite Melrose Diner drop in and Sunday services. And, among other events, a Black Clergy rally.
If you believe polling and campaign narratives, which the state senator says he doesn’t, the campaign push was a futile effort. But what photographer Tracie Van Auken saw at a couple of those stops did not involve any white towels being thrown into the ring.