The One Step Closer ad taking on Michael Nutter is available for viewing here.
It talks about the civil rights struggle and claims that Nutter would
"let police suspend constitutional rights in some neighborhoods, (UPDATE: The group edited the ad to take this out.)
"Isn't it about time that we've had enough of politicians like Michael Nutter, who step on our rights in the name of security?"
Here's Nutter's 30-second response, from the floor of Reading Terminal Market this afternoon, where he rolled 20 deep with supporters and was asked to pose for photos with every school kid there and many adults alike:
"I think the voters are smart enough to know that I am a champion of civil rights. I’m the person who created the police advisory commission, I’ve been a standup person on any civil rights issue in this city during my entire time. I think they’ll ultimately decide that that’s a lot of nonsense. It’s the negative kind of scurrilous attacks that happen at the end of a campaign that really irritate voters tremenodously. It turns people off from this political process."
On the anti-Tom Knox ad front, the Economic Justice Coalition for Truth's ads that were scheduled to begin airing this morning are still tied down in legal review. Ken Smukler checks in to say that he's provided Clear Channel with documentation substantiating the ad's claims, which Knox attorney Paul Rosen says aren't fit for air.
And, EJCT just issued a press release calling on 6ABC to investigate Knox's current ad where he uses Ed Rendell's quote that he would "kick butt" as mayor. EJCT says Knox pulls it out of context (Rendell said Dwight Evans was the best qualified candidate) and if it's going to keep their ad from airing, they should put the same scrutiny into Knox's ad.
UPDATE: Smukler says that WPHT and KYW-1060 passed on the ad.