Poll: Mayors Admire Michael Nutter
Good government types sure do love Philly Mayor Michael Nutter.
Just months after Governing magazine named Nutter one of its “public officials of the year,” a new Politico survey of American mayors finds that Nutter is the most-admired among his peers:
Four of their mayoral colleagues garnered multiple mentions when those responding to the survey were asked to name the current city leader they most admire. Philadelphia’s Michael Nutter topped the list, cited by four of his counterparts. “I watched as he came from being an underdog to becoming a mayor, with a commitment to fiscal discipline, innovation and social equity,” wrote one mayor about Nutter. “He understands the problems faced with being a blue city in a predominantly red state and how to maneuver to get Philadelphia much of the aid they’ve needed. In a short period of time he has risen to national prominence as a dean of American mayors and at the same time stays grounded to everyday issues facing the people of Philadelphia.”
Earlier this year, Philly Mag considered the gap between Mayor Nutter’s performance and the public perception of him.