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State Sen. Anthony Williams May Challenge Nutter For Mayor

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(Philadelphia DA Seth Williams listens as Mayor Nutter addresses reporters outside the Criminial Justice Center on Thursday morning.  Photo by Mike Dunn)

(Philadelphia DA Seth Williams listens as Mayor Nutter addresses reporters outside the Criminial Justice Center on Thursday morning. Photo by Mike Dunn)

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PHILADELPHIA (CBS) – Mayor Michael Nutter today staged the first public event of his re-election campaign, and it came as another local politician said he’s considering challenging Nutter in May’s Democratic primary.

“It’s a tough job being the mayor.”

With those words, Philadelphia district attorney Seth Williams (at left in photo) gave his endorsement to the re-election of Mayor Nutter (right), at Nutter’s opening campaign event outside the Criminal Justice Center.

Not present was another Williams — Pennsylvania state senator Anthony Williams (no relation) — a nominal Nutter ally who confirms now that some advisers are pressing him to challenge Nutter.

“They have asked me to consider running for mayor,” Anthony Williams told KYW Newsradio. “There are issues that need to be talked about, that maybe need to be talked about in the form of a campaign.”

Nutter, for his part, discounted talk of a primary challenge from Sen. Williams.

“We’re in the political season, and a lot of people say a lot of different things in the course of the political season,” Nutter said.

Williams said he’ll decide by month’s end whether to take on Nutter in the primary.

Reported by KYW City Hall Bureau chief Mike Dunn.

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