Philadelphia City Councilman Bill Green says he is thinking about challenging incumbent Mayor Michael Nutter in next year’s democratic primary because he believes the mayor has failed to enact reforms he was elected to accomplish.
“I was looking forward to working with a mayor that was going to make the tough decisions, that was going to have a permanant and transformative effect on the city of Philadelphia the only way to do that was to deal with our pension and healthcare issues,” said Green. “We have not addressed those issues.” Green would have to give up his office to run. Political consultant Larry Ceisler says it’s difficult to fight an incumbent for mayor of Philadelphia. “It’s not a suicide mission, but it’s very difficult,” said Green. “You’re dealing with the power of incumbancy, and as one who worked in a mayor’s office at this time it’s a very powerful tool.” Ceisler worked on the 1987 campaign of former Mayor Wilson Goode, who won re-election after the catastrophic MOVE bombing. Goode defeated Ed Rendell in the Democratic primary and Frank Rizzo in the general election.