How's Mayor Nutter Doing?

dan's picture

It's a tough job during a tough time.

Give us your evaluation of the mayor's performance.

AM's picture

I'm really disappointed in

I'm really disappointed in his choices. Honestly, I'm sorry I voted for him. I don't like his "I know better than the people" attitude.

jmminarik's picture

He's doing a spectacular job

He's doing a spectacular job as the new idjit mayor.

jobber's picture

Soooo disappointed in him.

Soooo disappointed in him. Transparency? Hah! I feel he has totally abandoned the working people of this city in each and everyone of the decisions he has made. I think he is a closet Republican

nhb's picture

he could be doing better.

he could be doing better.

Becky's picture

Been thinking a lot about

Been thinking a lot about this lately. I voted for him in part because of his ability to bust through the status quo political machine BS and get things done. Except that now he's trying to get something done I don't agree with (closing the libraries).

:study: :study: :study: :study:

And that thing with giving the orchestra money while freezing out other arts organizations? Just another symptom of bizarro Nutter. What's going on, Mayor Nutter? I think someone needs a hug!

PS How is it possible that we have emoticons for KY jelly and heads blowing up in microwaves but no hug emoticon?

Becky's picture

The transparency point is an

The transparency point is an excellent one. That's the biggest disappointment for me.

roma258's picture

I give him a C-. He's been

I give him a C-. He's been put in an incredibly difficult position of dealing with the effects of the financial crisis and having to make unpopular cuts. However, that does not excuse the way he has informed the public about those cuts or the lact of transperency in the way those decisions were made. On the bright side, I think he has (mostly) hired very bright people to fill his cabinet, the homicide rate is down substantially from last year and we now have weekly recycling. He still has time to turn things around, but he's certainly made some nasty errors in judgement.

DNA's picture

He is not an idiot. He has a

He is not an idiot. He has a tough job and has to make tough choices. Face it, he is going to peeve some group off with whatever cuts he makes. If he were a usual politician, he would have picked a fight with a disenfranchised group with little power rather than take on an energized and organized group of library supporters. He obviously thought closing some libraries was better than eliminating them all together in order to cut expenses. Given his other choices was this a good decision? I honestly don't know because I don't know what other choices he had.

I do think he made a political mistake by not explaining the rationale behind his decision.

Fishtown_Dave's picture

Terrible. Unfortunately it

Terrible. Unfortunately it took a crisis to reveal what type of leader he really is -- a book smart technocrat. He seems to lack political instincts, which is surprising since he ran such a great campaign.

workerbee's picture

I think his performance is

I think his performance is similar to his many years in city his work as a councilman.

With more press.

I voted in that election.
I did not see any candidate for mayor, :cussing: :brave: I wished to give my vote

tudor's picture

Mayor Who?

Mayor Who? :director2:

george's picture

In order for him to get this

In order for him to get this city in any kind of reasonable financial shape, he's going to have to stand up to a LOT of vested interests and tell them that the party---once and for all---is OVER and that Philly can no longer be run by entitled incompetents, selfish union bosses, and a 'who you know' political culture straight outta the 1970's.

I'd only give him a C- on changing any of those dynamics but that's after many years of straight F's in the mayor's office.

Still have some hope for the guy when all is said and done.

Pure_Fishtown's picture

Short and sweet: D

Short and sweet: D

roma258's picture

george wrote:In order for

george wrote:

In order for him to get this city in any kind of reasonable financial shape, he's going to have to stand up to a LOT of vested interests and tell them that the party---once and for all---is OVER and that Philly can no longer be run by entitled incompetents, selfish union bosses, and a 'who you know' political culture straight outta the 1970's.

I'd only give him a C- on changing any of those dynamics but that's after many years of straight F's in the mayor's office.

Still have some hope for the guy when all is said and done.

Amen George, well said. The municipal union negotiations are right around the corner and it's a huge test. Too bad Nutter expanded so much political capital trying to close the bloody libraries, when the labor contracts are what really eat the hole in city's budget.

Ftown66's picture

If there was a smiley face

If there was a smiley face for a pile of crap i would choose that.

2014 susquehanna's picture

I agree with DNA. I'm happy

I agree with DNA. I'm happy to have voted for him because he was and still is the best choice we had.

AM's picture

DNA wrote:He is not an

DNA wrote:

He is not an idiot. He has a tough job and has to make tough choices. Face it, he is going to peeve some group off with whatever cuts he makes. If he were a usual politician, he would have picked a fight with a disenfranchised group with little power rather than take on an energized and organized group of library supporters. He obviously thought closing some libraries was better than eliminating them all together in order to cut expenses. Given his other choices was this a good decision? I honestly don't know because I don't know what other choices he had.

I do think he made a political mistake by not explaining the rationale behind his decision.

I think he didn't realize he was dealing with such an energized and organized group of library supporters. I think he was shocked by the reaction which concerns me - If you don't know what's important to those you represent then there's going to be some serious problems moving forward.

DNA's picture

I respectfully disagree.

I respectfully disagree. Should he have picked on a group that has no voice? I want a Mayor who is fair and judicious and willing to make hard choices. I don't want a Mayor who takes a poll to determine the outcome of every choice he makes. Each service is important to somebody so he is going to take a hit. I just wish he could be more open about his decisions so we can better assess his overall plan.

AM wrote:
DNA wrote:

He is not an idiot. He has a tough job and has to make tough choices. Face it, he is going to peeve some group off with whatever cuts he makes. If he were a usual politician, he would have picked a fight with a disenfranchised group with little power rather than take on an energized and organized group of library supporters. He obviously thought closing some libraries was better than eliminating them all together in order to cut expenses. Given his other choices was this a good decision? I honestly don't know because I don't know what other choices he had.

I do think he made a political mistake by not explaining the rationale behind his decision.

I think he didn't realize he was dealing with such an energized and organized group of library supporters. I think he was shocked by the reaction which concerns me - If you don't know what's important to those you represent then there's going to be some serious problems moving forward.

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Larry99's picture

Due to the economic climate

Due to the economic climate at the moment it's really hard to judge the mayor's performance. Besides, I'm not sure that any of the other mayoral candidates would be doing anything better.

The city was in similar shape when Rendell took office in '92. I think he pissed off a lot of people then too, unions mostly, by renegotiating contracts and cutting services. In the end, he managed to turn things around. Lets give Nutter some time.

AM's picture

I understand your position.

I understand your position. I certainly don't think Mayor Nutter is an idiot (at least no more than any other politician) but his decisions seem to have done nothing but harm our particular neighborhood. I base my vote on the politician who would best serve my own community and if that politician's decisions hurt my own I simply will not vote for them again. If his decisions help other communities - that's great for them but that isn't what I base my vote on. I don't think his decisions were fair at all - we're getting hit really hard. Also when you run on a platform of "open" government - then you better be willing to be open - and unfortunately Mayor Nutter has not been open. I for one am very disappointed. Show me the cuts that were made in government and not just in services to citizens. As citizens we have a right to know. As Nutter himself said (maybe not his exact words) - there is nothing government does that it can't do in the open. That's what I voted for - not closed door meetings and Town Hall Meetings to placate the masses after decisions have already been made. In all fairness my expectations were high, perhaps too high for this administration.

DNA's picture

I don't disagree, but I want

I don't disagree, but I want to give the Mayor more time. It's only been a year.

rtsaidred's picture

DNA wrote:I don't disagree,

DNA wrote:

I don't disagree, but I want to give the Mayor more time. It's only been a year.

I'm with you, DNA. The mayor is in a tough jam. He's trying to clean up the mess of the previous administration plus dealing with recent economic nightmare. Am I happy with every decision? No, but I'm not ready to right him off yet. It's premature.