Chaka Fattah continues his campaign of aligning his supporters.
Yesterday it was a group of black clergyman, today it was the anti-poverty group ACORN. From Mayorpalooza:
About 250 ACORN members are formally trained in get out the vote efforts - meaning they are skilled at knocking on doors and walking voters to the polls, said spokeswoman Ali Kronley.
Fattah's show of force comes as Tom Knox appears to be strengthening (read: building) his get out the vote operation. Knox has plenty of cash obviously to get on TV, but insiders question what he'll be able to do on May 15 to get his supporters fired up and to the polls.
Fattah has his well-tested machine and Bob Brady has the levers of the Democratic party behind him. Dwight Evans has his Northwest Philly workers and Michael Nutter has a group of backers, as well.
But Knox, what about Knox?
Campaign manager Josh Morrow says they'll compete, that they're going to surprise those that question their Election Day ability. Knox's seeming alliance with Councilwoman Jannie Blackwell (the next Council president?) should get her West Philly troops behind him and then there's the possibility (likelihood?) of a Knox-Johnny Doc alliance that puts the electrician union's minions in his corner.