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.

Endnotes:
  1. told a reporter: http://articles.philly.com/2015-11-05/news/68020366_1_money-nutter-job-cohen
  2. @mattklewis: https://twitter.com/mattklewis
  3. @Michael_Nutter: https://twitter.com/Michael_Nutter
  4. @BPShow: https://twitter.com/bpshow
  5. February 1, 2016: https://twitter.com/brianstelter/status/694191718560862208
  6. Columbia University announced that Nutter is joining the school’s faculty: https://www.phillymag.com/citified/2016/01/27/nutter-joins-faculty-at-columbia-u/
  7. recently became an unpaid member: https://www.nbcphiladelphia.com/news/politics/Mayor-Nutter-Joins-Homeland-Security-366241121.html
  8. questioned: http://mobile.philly.com/beta?wss=/philly/news&id=366650671
  9. “sanctuary city”: https://www.phillymag.com/citified/2015/11/16/no-b-s-sanctuary-city-guide/
  10. made nearly 200 appearances on national TV: http://articles.philly.com/2010-11-08/news/24955068_1_ed-rendell-guest-appearances-fox-news
  11. been an analyst on Comcast SportsNet: https://www.phillymag.com/news/2015/11/23/ed-rendell-plastic-bag-eagles/
  12. “America’s mayor”: http://www.nytimes.com/1994/05/22/magazine/mayor-on-a-roll-ed-rendell.html?pagewanted=all
  13. golden reputation: http://www.governing.com/poy/poy-michael-nutter.html
  14. around the country: https://www.phillymag.com/news/2011/11/18/michael-nutter-esquires-americans-year/

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