Inquirer: Williams lauds Kenney campaign, slams Hughes and Nutter

 Anthony Hardy Williams and his wife watched mayoral-primary results with a small party of friends. (Bas Slabbers/for NewsWorks)

Anthony Hardy Williams and his wife watched mayoral-primary results with a small party of friends. (Bas Slabbers/for NewsWorks)

During a recent 75-minute interview at University City’s Pod restaurant, state Sen. Anthony Hardy Williams spoke to the Inquirer about his failed mayoral campaign and lingering concerns about how fellow legislator Vincent Hughes and Mayor Michael Nutter injected themselves into the race.

 

On victor Jim Kenney’s campaign, Williams said:

 

Jimmy had a better campaign. I’m not going to parse words. … He was a class act in how he conducted himself throughout the campaign.

He never tripped.

However, graciousness turned to judgement when discussing Nutter, who shifted the campaign conversation with comments about candidates’ stances on retaining popular Police Commissioner Charles Ramsey.

He never opened his mouth to say how much Sen. Williams has helped the city. So I learned something about Michael Nutter.

Williams also shared his objections with how Hughes formally backed Kenney late in the campaign.

Vince works in [Senate] leadership with me, and that’s not a good thing for people in leadership to be doing to one another. That’s the only one I took exception to, and still do.

How do you have a unified caucus going into budget negotiation when you just did that?

The interview, which resulted in a Sunday front-page story, covered other issues as well. You can read it via this link.

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