PHL-15: Williams Releases First Campaign Ad (VIDEO)

The front-runner is the first on the air.

State Senator and Philadelphia mayoral candidate Anthony Williams launched his first TV ad today.

A biographical spot, the video connects Williams to his father, the first serious black candidate to run for Mayor of Philly in 1971.

“Maybe it comes from his grandfather, one of the first black mailmen on the main line,” the commercial begins. “Or his dad Hardy, who was told an African-American couldn’t run for Mayor and said ‘Why not’?”

The familial connection is so strong that the ad refers to him as “Anthony Hardy Williams” prominently displaying the middle name he received from his trailblazing father.

The thirty second spot, titled (appropriately enough) “Family”, goes on to describe the State Senator’s work to bring money to the city’s schools and get guns off the city’s streets.

“They’re are over one million people in Philadelphia, but he’s running to be Mayor of one city,” the narrator concludes.

According to Patrick Kerkstra of Citified, the only record of the ad buy is a $21,611 check the campaign wrote to 6abc.

Jim Kenney was the first candidate to get on the airwaves, but his commercial was financed by an outside group.

7 Responses

  1. Charters and choice is still public education. Default schools are killing themselves.

  2. Federal funding for public schools is a very small percentage of their budget. Despite all the bluster and the posturing, fixing schools doesn’t happen in Washington. It needs to happen on the state and local levels. And the solution isn’t to kill public education, which is what Anthony William’s is fronting for.

  3. Ted Kennedy finally figured it out when he wrote no child left behind with the Bush WH. He got a ton of extra federal funding (which still exists today) and taxpayers got accountability. What we learned was that schools were failing before the money and were still failing after years of extra cash. Now we’ve left the money and cut the accountability. No, this system doesn’t work.

  4. “thinking” The schools are underfunded. Diverting money into the pockets of profiteers who aren’t providing better quality isn’t the solution.

  5. Actually, TP, the question is pretty simple: do you want public education or do you want to kill it off? Because the system that Anthony Williams represents most definitely wants to kill it off. That is exactly what they are about.

  6. Mr.Diano, I’m guessing you don’t have children in the Philadelphia public schools, as you seem to support the status quo in the quality of public education in the city.

  7. “They’re are over one million people in Philadelphia, but he’s running to be Mayor of one city”

    Is there a city called: School Profiteers City

    because that’s one city he’s trying to be mayor of.

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