Radio Times: Nutter talks about last week’s primary and his final months as mayor [audio]

 Mayor Michael Nutter met with Democratic-primary winner Jim Kenney last week at City Hall. (Brian Hickey/WHYY)

Mayor Michael Nutter met with Democratic-primary winner Jim Kenney last week at City Hall. (Brian Hickey/WHYY)

Michael Nutter, the 98th and current mayor of Philadelphia, appeared on Tuesday’s Radio Times with host Marty Moss-Coane.

There, he spoke about the response to the Amtrak 188 derailment on May 12 and, most pertinent to this here blog, offered reaction to Jim Kenney’s victory in last Tuesday’s Democratic mayoral primary.

Nutter echoed sentiments he expressed during a press conference he held outside his office with his presumed successor.

“Speaking more as a Democrat, I did not endorse in the race, primarily because I really thought that the voters needed the opportunity without ‘the mayor’ weighing in,” he said Tuesday morning. “I just felt that I should keep doing my job and vote like every other voter.”

He also addressed comments he made questioning the intelligence of any candidate who said they wouldn’t ask Charles Ramsey to return as Philadelphia’s police commissioner.

“If someone attacks one of my folks,” he said, “I am going to respond. That’s just the way I am.”

You can check out the hour-long interview below.

 

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