PHL-15: Williams Touts Support of Public Schools In New Ad (VIDEO)
Anthony Williams has in the past been criticized for his pro-charter school views. But now he’s on the air proclaiming his strong support for public schools.
Williams’ campaign released a new TV ad last week touting the State Senator’s fight to bring over $250 million in public school funding to the Philadelphia district.
“When your mom’s a public school teacher, you become a big public school advocate,” Williams says in the 30-second spot, much of which he spends addressing the camera face-on. He vows to keep “shouting about it and fighting for” the fair funding of city schools.
“Because for those who say, ‘Hey, you can’t give every child in Philadelphia a great education,’ I say, ‘Fine, which ones do you want to leave out?’” Williams says, followed by quick shots of a few children. When the camera settles on a picture of Williams and a little girl, we hear Williams chime in again: “Yeah, none of them.”
Williams is the only candidate in the race so far who has spent money on advertising. Former Councilman Jim Kenney has also been on the air, but with the help of two outside groups.
The second Williams spot is vastly different from his first, which was a largely biographical spot meant to introduce Philadelphians to the candidate.