Philly Mayoral Contest
It’s none really, but it does make some interesting reading.
“We’re big boys, and we lost,” says Mike Cibik, a leader of the Loyal Opposition. “They won and that was the end of it. We’re not happy about [Brown] being a former Democrat … but it is what it is. I don’t want to say we’re stuck with her, but there she is. And what the hell can I do?”
“[Featherman] was a better candidate, but that being said, Karen Brown isn’t bad,” says Matt Wolfe, chair of the 27th Ward Republicans. “If the choice comes down to Karen Brown or Michael Nutter, it’s a no-brainer as far as I’m concerned. Anything I can do to be helpful to her, I’m going to try and do.”
Of course, not everyone in the party feels the same way.
Loyal Op founder Kevin Kelly thinks Brown is simply the face behind a backroom deal, just another tactic in the GOP playbook that involves running fake candidates (or none at all) for seats in which they’ve already promised the Democrats no opposition, in exchange for patronage jobs at the Philadelphia Parking Authority.
“I wish [her] no ill will … Karen Brown is literally a warm body that they could get to fill a slot,” he says.
Brown, for her part, says her relationship with the RCC has crumbled, going so far as to cast herself as a rebellious outsider, “because neither party wants me.”
It probably has something to do with Council at-Large candidate Joe McColgan being floated as a replacement for Brown after she won the primary in May. “They wanted me to step down,” says Brown. “So I said to them, ‘Unless you got $25 million [in a payoff], it’s not gonna happen,’ and I knew they didn’t have that, so that’s why I threw that number out. They said, ‘How’d you come up with that number?’ I said, ‘$5 million for my staff, and $20 [million] for me.’ That was just my way of saying, ‘Forget it.’”