There is quite a bit to examine with fewer than five weeks before Philadelphia voters go to the mayoral primary polls.
So much, in fact, that we here at NinetyNine have again decided to present the money quotes from recent stories in quiz form. (Don’t worry, the answers are tucked away down at the bottom.)
Your answer options: mayoral candidates Lynne Abraham, Nelson Diaz, Jim Kenney, Doug Oliver, Milton Street and Tony Williams, along with Kenney campaign spokeswoman Lauren Hitt and Oliver campaign spokesman Mustafa Rashed.
1) “I’m appalled. I’m angry. … One person gets shot and right now everybody’s trying to speak about it.”
2) “You’re gonna have to sell me, as the mayor, to make sure that those senior citizens don’t feel that their lives are endangered every time they step out on the street by these bicycle users who go very, very fast.”
3) “Fallon, you crazy. Madonna, you still my hero! Always!”
4) “Progressive groups who have thrown in their lot with this born–again ‘progressive’ out of perceived necessity should be asking themselves why so many of Philadelphia’s conservative and machine Democrats are also flocking to Jim Kenney’s banner.”
5) “It shouldn’t be so easy to be an idiot.”
6) “He thought last night’s performance was fantastic.”
7) “It is not okay to joke about personal and potentially serious health issues and I regret that the comments were made, regardless of who made them.”
8) “If a police officer, I don’t care if it’s a man or a woman, African American or not African American, if certain words part their lips to disparage an ethnic group, a gender, a person of a certain sexual orientation or faith, they should be fired.”
1) Street, reacting to candidates’ reactions at last week’s Philadelphia Association of Black Journalists mayoral forum re: the fatal shooting of Walter Scott in South Carolina. 2) Abraham, in response to a Plan Philly question about bicycle lanes. 3) Kenney, mesmerized about Madonna’s appearance on “The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon. 4) Diaz, pitching the Philadelphia Tribune on his candidacy. 5) Rashed, apologizing for an insensitive Tweet about Abraham’s fainting spell at last week’s debate. 6) Hitt, fielding questions about Kenney’s reaction to Madonna’s appearance on “The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon.” 7) Oliver, on an insensitive Tweet about Abraham’s fainting spell. 8) Williams, about police/community relations.