Philadelphia Republicans file ethics complaint against Mayor Nutter

The Philadelphia Republican City Committee has filed an ethics complaint against Mayor Michael Nutter.   The complaint is that Mayor Nutter used city funds to bring two staffers to the Democratic National Convention in Charlotte.  Republican City Committee attorney Matthew Wolfe says the mayor didn’t need the staffers there. “This is a political event, in fact there is no event more political than the respective political parties national conventions,” said Wolfe.  “City employees are not allowed to be involved in politics.  The taxpayers money should not be used for political purposes.  The board of ethics has the authority to review and penalize in these cases.” Mayor Nutter’s spokesman Mark McDonald says the two city workers were not involved in political activities. “They weren’t wearing campaign hats or campaign buttons, they weren’t participating in convention business,” said McDonald. He says they were there to help Nutter perform his mayoral duties while out of town. Nutter also brought along security to the convention, which the Republicans did not file a complaint about, although Wolfe says it seemed excessive given the heavy police presence in Charlotte.

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