In the final days before Tuesday’s primary election, Jim Kenney is responding to a recent negative ad from Anthony Williams.
In the critical commercial that was released by Anthony Williams’ campaign, Kenney’s comments regarding policing that he made in 1997 are called into question.
Throughout the thirty-second spot, a quote made by Kenney is read by an unknown narrator while images of various citizens are shown.
The quote that is read during the commercial was originally told to the Inquirer. “We now have discussions, ironically, about no longer allowing police officers to use pepper gas,” Kenney said in 1997. “You can’t use the flashlights, you can’t use the clubs on the head, you can’t shoot anybody. What’s next? Are we gonna hand them feather dusters?”
The end of this ad simply concludes by saying, “Williams for Mayor.”
While Kenney’s spot begins by noting that “at the end of every campaign desperate candidates start throwing mud,” the remainder of his commercial turns the focus back to what he plans to do for the city.
Without naming Williams during the entirety of the ad, Kenney reminds his audience of who has supported him and what his goals are.
“As Mayor, I’ll fight for every Philadelphian,” Kenney concludes. “Because to me, every neighborhood matters.”