There is quite a bit to examine with fewer than four 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: U.S. Rep. Bob Brady, state Rep. Dwight Evans, ballot-challenged City Commissioner Stephanie Singer and mayoral candidates Lynne Abraham, Nelson Diaz, Jim Kenney, Doug Oliver, Milton Street and Tony Williams.
1) “My integrity is the most important asset I have, and so I said no [to the endorsement].”
2) “[They’re] making offensive, ridiculous accusations to try to excuse [not receiving the endorsement].”
3) “The heroes of Selma in 1965 were fighting for the people of Philadelphia in 2015. Today, the weapons are not billy clubs and horses — they are the courts and the media.”
4) “What I’m saying is that the sophistication of the voters, do not underestimate them in their thinking. Don’t play silly games with them.”
5) “Don’t lie to the people. Tell the truth! I can deal with the truth, but don’t lie!”
6) “We can do that right now, introduce a bill right now — public notice — that says if you don’t come get your property, don’t provide who you are and where you live, if we can’t reach you, then we are going to take your property.”
7) “I’m on a mission to save the city from the status quo.”
8) “We need to infuse an identity of innovation into every single city department.”
9) “If I give South Philadelphia a ticket with Tony Williams, they won’t use it. If I give West Philadelphia a James F. Kenney ticket, they won’t use it.”
1) Diaz, on the LUPE endorsement dustup. 2) Kenney’s campaign, in response to Diaz’s accusations re: the LUPE endorsement. 3) Singer, in a fundraising email. 4) Evans, in discussing the fallout from a Northwest Philly endorsement of Kenney. 5) Street, in a verbal sparring session with Williams at the PCCA forum. 6) Williams, at the PCCA forum. 7) Abraham, on why she’s running for mayor. 8) Oliver, at the tech-week forum. 9) Brady, on Democratic ward leaders’ not endorsing a mayoral candidate this primary cycle.