Exit Interview: Frank Rizzo
Sounds like political-speak for “redistricting.” I doubt Barama would approve. Do you have a strategy for finding Osama bin Laden? The bin Ladens of the world can be brought to justice with the right people going after them. It’s the same with the city, but you can’t blame the commissioner or the Mayor. They’re doing what they can, but the city is unsafe. I’m kinda glad I’m away from it.
That says a lot coming from the guy who said he’d “make Attila the Hun look like a faggot.” Mission accomplished? [Laughs] I don’t think the Gay News guy would like that one, but yeah, it’s true. And guess what? I did. A lot of people hated me. Sometimes Philadelphia magazine didn’t write very well about me, and I didn’t like that.
That was before my time, Mayor. I know. I can’t put a curse on you from where I am, so don’t worry about it.
Does it bother you that some people loved your aggressive leadership, while others saw you as a racist, a bigot and a thug? No, it doesn’t bother me. I don’t think I was a bigot. I didn’t drop that bomb. I mean, put the blame where the blame’s supposed to be, don’t come cryin’ to me. If you’re black and you’re wrong, that’s it. If you’re white and you’re wrong, that’s it. I see another uprising coming in Philadelphia, more like MOVE than MOVE when it existed. That’s something to be scared of. So don’t you go calling me a bigot!
[Nervously changing the subject so as not to get clubbed from the Great Beyond] And finally, a question that weighs heavily on all Philadelphians: Can you get a decent cheesesteak in the afterlife? Yes. I can get anything I want. I’ll take Pat’s Steaks any day. I’ll tell ya, since I left that place, I’m kinda glad I’m here! It’s become worse! But I always loved Philadelphia.