Newsletter for Tuesday, May 20
INSTAGRAM OF THE DAY
Jim Kenney in full victory mode at his election night party Tuesday; photo via @fusco88 on Instagram.
WATCHING, WAITING, WINNING: JIM KENNEY’S PATH TO PRIMARY VICTORY
Months ago as other candidates jumped into the mayor’s race with the hopes of gaining public recognition, funding and endorsements, Jim Kenney kept silent about his decision. They made news for announcing mayoral runs; he made news for calling New Jersey governor and Dallas Cowboys fan Chris Christie a “fat assed creep” on Twitter. And this waiting game ended up being the winning strategy. Kenney didn’t confirm he would enter the race until weeks or months after the other five candidates talked about it. Yet as the primary election comes to an end, he’s on top, having carried endorsements and support from unions, black leaders, women, the gay community and police to a victory. Here’s what led him to victory.
IMPORTANT: YOUR (PROBABLE) FUTURE MAYOR IN SILLY OUTFITS
The newly-elected Democratic candidate for mayor of Philadelphia is, in case you missed it, a Mummer. And an elf. And Cat in the Hat. And maybe a yogi, too. Jim Kenney pulled off a win in the mayoral primary election Tuesday, all but solidifying his spot in City Hall. He’ll have to run again in the general election, but historically, the winner of the primary takes it all in this largely one-party city. And Kenney is a bit weird in a very Philly way. He’s been a Mummer for 35 years — “we were Mexican bandits. I was a corkscrew. I was a raisin.” — and has a Twitter game unparalleled to any other mayoral candidate or Philly pol. Now that you’ve already casted your vote, get to know your likely new mayor — fav yoga poses, and all.
ANTHONY HARDY WILLIAMS: FROM FRONT-RUNNER TO ALSO-RAN
Anthony Williams has wanted this for years. Perhaps longer than Jim Kenney had even thought about when he’d make the run for the mayor’s office. But it was back in 2011 when a locally-connected politico told Philadelphia Magazine that Williams didn’t seem to have the coalition-forging power that’s required to win a seat in major office here in Philly — “I don’t see him building any effort to do much of anything,” the insider said. Ultimately, that continued through Tuesday’s shellacking at the hands of Philly City Council institution Jim Kenney.
TO DO: RIDE A BIKE TO STOP BIKE ACCIDENTS
WHAT: The Ride of Silence in Philadelphia; bring your bicycle for the 8-mile ride
WHERE: Art Museum steps
WHEN: 6:45 PM
HOW MUCH: Free
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THE HISTORY OF POLITICIANS AND THE FAMOUS 4TH STREET DELI
Lynne Abraham had a table reserved for six at the Famous 4th Street Deli for Election Day. Jim Kenney stopped by. So did Council members, political consultants and media. They always do. For years, the homey Queen Village restaurant has been an Election Day staple. Here’s how that tradition began.
WHY GIANT JIM KENNEY HEADS WERE FLOATING AROUND PHILLY
The Famous 4th Street Deli featured the normal mix of politicians and candidates this afternoon for lunch, aaaaaaand one candidate’s head on a stick. Gotta love Philadelphia elections! Who had the crazy idea? We asked Kenney’s campaign; the answer, if you’ve been following the election, won’t surprise you: Unions!