PHILADELPHIA (AP) — A longtime feud between former Philadelphia Mayor John Street and his successor has been renewed with racially charged comments from Street, who told a newspaper that Mayor Michael Nutter was “not a black mayor ... just a mayor with dark skin.”
The two men, both black, have sparred for years, dating back to when both were on City Council. When Nutter ran for mayor in 2007, he focused much of his campaign on Street, even though Street was term-limited and could not run again.
In an interview with The Philadelphia Inquirer on Sunday, Street questioned whether Nutter — who faces re-election next year — was black enough for the city’s African-American community.
He is “not a black mayor,” Street told the newspaper. “He’s just a mayor with dark skin.”
Nutter called the statement “undignified” and questioned “these very personal” attacks.