Mayor Street held a hallway press availability this afternoon to talk about his best friend, Michael Nutter, winning last night's election. He said he won't do anything to hamper Nutter's transition into Room 215.
He didn't take any shots, per se, at Nutter, but made sure to note that Nutter could be in for a "rude awakening" as a tax-cutting former Councilman coming into a position where he has to be "all things for all people."
"You can't be for lower taxes and higher services," Street said.
On Nutter’s “we had a really good day” line Tuesday night and whether that was a jab at you?
He should of had a good day. I think it was a good day for Michael Nutter. He ran a strategic campaign, he was smart about it and he wound up winning. In this business you run to win. ... He’s the Democratic nominee and we’re all going to support him in the general eleciton and he’s going to be the next mayor.
[I'll put up a Q&A with Nutter in a little bit, but he says he wasn't going after Street at all with that line. "It has nothing to do with the mayor’s famous singature line. I hadn’t even thought of it." His full quote was "We had a pretty decent week. We had a pretty good couple of weeks. We had a really good day."]
Will there be a smooth transition despite your past relationship with Nutter?
(Gutteral chuckle) We will do everything we have to do to make sure a new administration is prepared to assume the responsibility of the mayor’s office. I think it will be a smooth transition. There are literally millions of people whose lives are at stake here and whose services are at risk. I personally wouldn’t do anything to jeopardize those people.
Was this a referendum on your administration?
I actually don’t see it that way. It’s real interesting, I watched a lot of this with great amusement. I saw candidates make claims that they coudln’t keep in a billion years. I was constantly amazed at candidates who were talking about hundreds of millions of dollars of missing money. I saw one blurb where candidate Knox said we have to find the missing money. There’s no missing money. Thers’s not hundreds of no-show employees. This is the kind of rhetoric that goes on in the campaign.
Does it stick in your craw that Nutter went after your record and won?
It doesn’t bother me that Michael Nutter was successful. I have some small concern about the nature of the allegations that he made. I think it’s unfair and inappropriate for Councilman Nutter or anyone else to suggest that I or anyone in this administraiton are indifferent to homicides. We care a lot about the homicides that are happening and the violence. For him to go on television and say, ‘this mayor has an indifferent attitude about homicides,’ I think was uncalled for and I think it was a low blow and probably somebody should of said something.