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PHL-15: Abraham Releases First TV Ad (VIDEO)

Tomorrow will mark exactly three weeks before the May 19 primary for Mayor of Philadelphia.

After weeks of mainly Super PAC-funded ads, television audiences will get to see and hear directly from the mayoral candidates. Abraham and Kenney are joining State Sen. Anthony H. Williams on the airwaves.

Abraham uses a straight-forward approach in her commercial to address education and what needs to be done to serve Philadelphia’s children. In between rows of clipped pictures of Philadelphia students, Abraham says, “There’s over 200,000 students in Philadelphia. Jim Kenney and Tony Williams are fighting over public schools versus charters. I think they are both wrong. It’s making sure they all get a good education.”

She also says that teacher’s contracts should be respected but that each educator needs to be held accountable. On the funding side of the issue, Abraham says, “It’s wrong Philadelphia gets less school funding than other parts of Pennsylvania. I’ll work with Harrisburg to change that. But if they refuse, I’ll take them to federal court.”

As the video closes, Abraham gestures towards the rows of photos and says, “As mayor, I’ll do what’s right for them.”

The Abraham campaign is spending $228,764 for this week’s ads, campaign spokesman Sam Coleman said. Meanwhile, Kenney is spending at least $300,000 a week on his ads.

5 Responses

  1. Shizukesaya / Iwa ni shimiiru / Semi no koe
    This pervasive silence / Enhanced yet by cicadas simmering / …

  2. She blew it. Her electoral strength comes from her perceived toughness. People in Philly have always liked her because she was like Judge Judy. Take that away, and couple it with her new perceived senility, and there’s no magic left. This ad was appropriate for a candidate whose perceived toughness is a liability, not a strength – as it is for Lynn. She doesn’t need any softening up, she needs to reinforce her strengths in the face of many people feeling she’s lost her edge. This race is now all but over.

  3. Yes – Philadelphia gets more than TEN TIMES more than say Allentown. It’s more than TEN TIMES larger.

  4. Is that a serious statement? Philadelphia gets less than what parts of the state?? Philadelphia SD received $1.02 BILLION last year, with a 14% proposed increase in the new budget! That’s nearly TEN TIMES the next nearest school district in funding!

    Instead of promising more money, how about promising more judicious use of the money you do get? More efficient teaching methods and better oversight of the…ehhh, nevermind.

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