Hell, we don’t a Worst of Philly this year. But in the end. Call them special circumstances.
Our Best of Philly issue appears in August, as it has appeared every year since 1974. In a few of these years, we have included a Worst of Philly list as part of the issue.
This year, we’re not making a Worst of Philly list in the magazine, because, well, times are tough. Do we really have to complain that that place charges $ 20 for a shitty burger, that a waiter takes 50 minutes to bring us? Sau nenorocitul de panou publicitar Jawn Morgan de-a lungul autostrăzii? (Okay, yeah, actually, he can stop the press, because Jawn Morgan should totally get a Worst of Philly for that parody.) But Jim Kenney, the guy we chose to be our mayor not once, but twice … he exemplified what it means to be the worst in Philly. And it must be said.
As homicides and non-fatal shootings have grown at an alarming rate in Philadelphia, we have waited for Mayor Kenney to lead us through this crisis, not to mention all of our other crises. I waited for him to do something significant. We wanted to say something really important and impactful, no only blame the gun lobby.
Unfortunately, in the face of a, you know, shot – and not just a shot, but a shot at celebrating the birth of America in the place where she was born – Mayor Kenney, instead of doing any of this, went live on TV quote he could regret it more than any of his career. I’m sure you’ve already read about it, but just in case:
“I’ll be happy when I’m not here,” Kenney told a television reporter after two police officers were shot at the July 4 festivities on Ben Franklin Parkway. “When I’m not mayor and I can enjoy some things.”
A reporter, who was probably amazed by that remark that came so soon after what could easily have been a tragic event – perhaps a mass shooting – twice verified that Kenney meant, “Wait. looking forward to not being mayor? ”
“Yes, actually,” Kenney said.
Now, we have to give Mayor Kenney a kind of trophy because he’s honest, but as fellow Democrat Joe Biden would say: Come on, man!
Of course, the Conservatives understood Kenney’s words and ran away with them, giving the right-wing noises on Philly’s AM radio a lot to shake. (They also had a day on the field with his comments that night about gun control.) That’s to be expected. In their eyes, Kenney is the enemy, the antichrist, the symbol of everything that is wrong with our city. (Actually, they normally reserve those titles for Larry Krasner, but he gets a permit this week.)
But now, members of Kenney’s own party – of course, some of them allegedly running for mayor using the moment to enjoy the spotlight – have come out against the man.
Let’s start with counselor Helen Gym, who said the following:
I’m terrified and outraged by last night’s shooting on Parkway. Our prayers are addressed to the wounded policemen and to a terrified public that should never experience such a thing. Whether it’s in the daily life of the neighborhoods, on the Parkway, at a university or on South Street – every person deserves to live their life without fear.
Jim Kenney can be defeated, but this city will not be. There are thousands of lives on the line for the rest of his term and a generation of young people looking to us to be the cavalry that Harrisburg and Congress refuse to be. We have to deliver and we have to act.
Then there’s her colleague, the king of the apartment, and fellow counselor Allan Domb:
Last night, as thousands of people celebrated the 4th of July on Benjamin Franklin Parkway, we were reminded once again of the persistent threat of violence facing our city. In this time of crisis, the Philadelphians desperately needed a calm and imposing presence from their mayor. Instead, our mayor said out loud what many of us have felt for a long time: He doesn’t want this job anymore. Unfortunately, this was another example of Philadelphia’s leadership gap. It is unacceptable and we deserve better.
Which brings us to Councilor Derek Green, who is asking Kenney to resign:
We are all exhausted by the level of gun violence in our city. However, our city now needs someone with passion and vision to lead us forward. Resign.
We could go on, but what about a dead horse?
Kenney and his PR team went into full damage control mode, and on Tuesday released a lengthy statement that included the following:
I would also like to clarify some of the comments I made at the press briefing last night at Jefferson Hospital. In a moment of overwhelming frustration late at night, I said I was looking forward to not being mayor. Let me be clear, I am incredibly grateful that I am the mayor of this great city and for the people who chose me to lead.
And then, in the most ridiculous of ways, in the same statement in which he tried to withdraw his comments, he practically reiterated them, saying, “Being mayor comes with a lot of hectic nights, so I look forward to a good one. quality. sleep at night. ”
You should have left her as you said Monday night after the shooting, Mr. Mayor. At least then, I believed you. All we know is that January 2024 (when Kenney’s term officially ends) may not come soon enough.