Will Michael Nutter Replace Chaka Fattah in Congress?

Speculation abounds as trouble circles the congressman.


Chaka Fattah is talking — but not about that. Everybody else is talking — about who might replace Fattah if the legal scandals in his inner circle should somehow force him out of Congress.

WHYY’s Dave Davies says Mayor Michael Nutter might be a natural replacement:

The other interesting possibility is Mayor Michael Nutter, who’ll be looking for work when his second term ends at the end of next year. He lives in the district. Would he do it?

On the one hand, becoming a legislator could be a major come-down after being chief executive of the nation’s fifth largest city. You go from giving orders to everybody around you to being one of the pack. You go from starting a buzz at every restaurant you enter to becoming pretty anonymous walking around Washington.

On the other hand, Nutter was a legislator 19 years on City Council. He got a lot done and had a lot of fun with it. I’d imagine those days are behind him, but I could be wrong.

The Inky’s Thomas Fitzgerald names a few more names:

Among the names under discussion are Mayor Nutter, District Attorney Seth Williams, State Sen. Vincent Hughes, City Council President Darrell L. Clarke, City Councilwoman Jannie Blackwell, and William Green, chairman of the School Reform Commission and a former councilman.

Fattah did not respond to efforts seeking comment.

His spokeswoman, Ally Freeman, said in an e-mail: “Congressman Fattah is committed to his work on education, brain research, and jobs, all of which has helped and continues to help millions of Americans. He is committed to continue this work for the next ten years in Congress.”

Fattah is talking — sort of. He went on Solomon Jones’ new show on WURD Tuesday morning to … not talk about the scandals surrounding him. The Daily News‘ Chris Brennan reports:

U.S. REP. CHAKA FATTAH refused to say yesterday if he played a role in receiving and repaying an illegal $1 million 2007 campaign loan, which was disclosed last week when his longtime political consultant pleaded guilty to federal charges.

“The one thing is, I’m not a lawyer, I’m not going to engage in it,” Fattah said, responding to a question on WURD-900AM. “I’m not going to respond to an allegation that hasn’t been made.”

More to come.

Previously: Chaka Fattah Jr. Talks Gambling, His Congressman Dad, the IRS
Previously: Fattah in Hot Seat After Aide’s Guilty Plea
Previously: Former Aide to Chaka Fattah Admits Role in Diverting Campaign Funds

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  • Enuf already

    OMG one would hope not! Were we to just use Philadelphia as an example of his abilities that would not even put him in the running or to be considered. This was his chance to really make a difference to put Phila on the path to be a model for others and he failed, failed big time. What is that old saying….the proof is in the pudding. You only need to look around at everything from A – Z, neighborhoods, schools, even Center City looks congested, ugly, tacky —- reminding me of under the El, which at one time was the place the be seen, to shop, etc. Its sad….just no reason, no excuse for any of this. Think its time we stop relying on government and start standing together, pulling together. In one day we could achieve more than has been done in years. E.g., just imagine were all the business and the people that live there along Frankford get together, sweep, clean it up, paint the front of the buildings and have signage that didn’t all have to be the same but consistency. Bridge and Pratt — just put your trash into the many trash cans provided and quit using the area as a toilet —- SEPTA you really need to keep up with the cleaning of the area — its a main hub. Can’t eat a giant in one bite, but a bite at a time and it can, will be done.

  • Presbyton

    More of the same BS speculation. Try harder, media!

  • g

    Nutter was a mediocre (at best) mayor, but would be good in Congress. Completely different skillset. He could go back to being the policy wonk he was on Council, and stay out of a leadership role where he was a disaster. Curtis Jones is clearly the pick though.

  • phillyliberty

    Why vote for the same old same old when a fresh face such as Armond James is running. Put the republican label aside and see what an outstanding community leader Armond is. Should we send another lawyer to D.C or a quality teacher?

  • citywide

    J. Blackwell for congress? Well the husband did a term, but really, Jannie, why? Other then existing and being elected (sortof) what does she bring to the table. But unfortunately that question could be asked of most people on that list.

  • PJ

    what about blondell reynolds brown?