"We don't want to look like we're asking for pie and ice cream. We'll just take the crust."
-District Attorney Lynne Abraham to City Council, testfying on her budget this morning.
Abraham, who is backing Bob Brady in the race, said that if Council doesn't increase her budget to improve the D.A.'s infrastructure, the plans of the next mayor to add police may cause catastrophe.
Adding the hundreds of new cops that all of the candidates are promising "would mean thousands more arrests whenever we get the new police," she said. "It would be catstrophic. We just couldn't deal with the cases."
Brady said after his press conference outside of the Center City firehouse next to his campaign office on Market Street that Abraham's budget needs to be increased.
Brady used the press conference — in which he calls for city to establish a 3-1-1 system and to imbed medics in every firefighting unit — to continue drilling at Tom Knox.
The congressman's campaign is hoping that people look at Knox's past as an insurance executive to draw conclusions about how he'd run emergency services in the city.
Brady points out that Fidelity Insurance Co.was fined $70,000 in 2002 for advising customers to call their doctor for permission before going to the ER. "We can't afford to risk lives for the bottom line," Brady said.
How that possibly relates to what Mayor Knox would do to emergency management in the city ... draw conclusions if you want.
Knox campaign manager Josh Morrow points to Knox's plan to open 40 health centers throughout the city and calls Brady's correlation "nonsense."
"That's what he's committed to," Morrow said of the health centers. "He's committed to make sure that people have affordable health insurance."