Nutter Scores Another Job, As a CNN Commentator

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Photo Credit: Matt Rourke | AP

Photo Credit: Matt Rourke | AP

Back in November, then-Mayor Michael Nutter told a reporter[1] that he wanted to “do something really radical” when he left office: make “money for the first time ever.”

This should help Nutter bring home the bacon: CNN has hired him as a new commentator. Brian Stelter, the cable channel’s senior media correspondent, first reported the news.

CNN has 3 new commentators as of this morning: Daily Caller contrib @mattklewis[2], former Philly mayor @Michael_Nutter[3], talk show host @BPShow[4]

— Brian Stelter (@brianstelter) February 1, 2016[5]

This is the third job that Nutter has accepted since stepping down as mayor in January. Last week, Columbia University announced that Nutter is joining the school’s faculty[6], where he will be a professor of professional practice in urban policy. Nutter also recently became an unpaid member[7] of the Homeland Security Advisory Council, where he will give recommendations to Secretary of Homeland Security Jeh Johnson.

Advocates for immigrants have questioned[8] whether Nutter was tapped for the role in the advisory council because he reversed Philadelphia’s status as a “sanctuary city”[9] as one of his last acts in office. Nutter has strongly denied that any quid pro quo took place.

Ed Rendell is another former Philadelphia mayor-turned-TV commentator. Between January and November 2010 alone, Rendell made nearly 200 appearances on national TV[10]. Rendell has also been an analyst on Comcast SportsNet[11] for more than 17 years.

What’s the link between the two past mayors? Rendell was known as “America’s mayor”[12] when he was in office. Likewise, Nutter had a golden reputation[13] around the country[14] while mayor — in fact, many political insiders believed that Nutter was more popular outside of his hometown than in it.

  1. told a reporter:
  2. @mattklewis:
  3. @Michael_Nutter:
  4. @BPShow:
  5. February 1, 2016:
  6. Columbia University announced that Nutter is joining the school’s faculty:
  7. recently became an unpaid member:
  8. questioned:
  9. “sanctuary city”:
  10. made nearly 200 appearances on national TV:
  11. been an analyst on Comcast SportsNet:
  12. “America’s mayor”:
  13. golden reputation:
  14. around the country:

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