Before we get into the nitty gritty politics of the week, let’s take a moment to pay homage to the mayor’s new favorite sport: Soccer.
“It is a rapidly growing sport, there’s a ton of fan base here in the Philadelphia region, and there are a whole lot of young people – and people who think they’re young – playing soccer. So I think they’ve energized and activated the area, causing all of us to pay that much more attention to soccer,” Nutter said.
Now, that we got that out of the way, it turns out that our budget-consious mayor’s staff has been secretly getting higher pay checks. Which, in the midst of more cuts to city departments like the firefighters, doesn’t seem to have pleased too many people. More than 3,000 members of the International Association of Fire Fighters are holding their annual conference just down the street from City Hall and they want Mayor Nutter to know they’re not going anywhere. Especially if they don’t get their three years of three percent pay raises.
They might have to travel to D.C. if they want him to hear. The Philly Post is fueling rumors that Nutter would rather be in the nation’s capital working under Obama’s second administration than the City of Brotherly Love. And, let’s be real, it’s no secret the bromance the two have.
Does D.C. have a decent soccer fanbase. Does that exist?