Abraham Discusses Obama, Wolf and Schools in Interview
She tackles issues like the city’s school system and addresses her age. At 73, Abraham’s age could become a factor in her campaign, but the candidate said her age makes her a stronger leader.
“We can say all we want about youth, and youth must be served, but youth doesn’t have experience,” Abraham said in the interview. “We see that in our President, who had youth and handsomeness and brightness. Hasn’t served him well, because he didn’t know the nuances of governing, and he’s gotten his head handed to him 12 different ways.”
Abraham’s biggest concern for the city is poverty, which she links directly to the school system. She scoffs at Ken Trujillo, the Philadelphia attorney and mayoral candidate who demanded to get rid of the School Reform Commission when he announced his campaign in September. Abraham calls Trujillo’s action “ridiculous” and “absurd,” but she refused to mention him by name in the interview.
Though Governor-Elect Tom Wolf has also supported abolishing the SRC, Abraham thinks this move was a campaign “ploy.”
“I believe he will think better of that…I think that was a ploy,” she said. “I don’t really love it, but I think it was a ploy to make sure he was going to get as many votes he could get out of Philadelphia to insure a bigger win…”
For Abraham, the focus should be on raising funding for city schools. She believes it is the mayor’s job to work with Wolf to “change the tone of governing.”
“You have to sit around the circle and start talking, finding out what the legislature can and cannot do, what they will and will not do,” she said.