By Pat Loeb
PHILADELPHIA (CBS) — There are more than two months left until the Philadelphia Mayoral Election but Democratic candidate Jim Kenney has already secured the votes of his biggest rivals. All five losing primary candidates endorsed Kenney on Thursday.READ MORE: WATCH: New Castle County Police, Neighbor Rescue Elderly Woman Trapped Under SUV
First it was a bury-the-hatchet lunch for six at a popular Fairmount diner, then the show of unity.
Milton Street: “I am absolutely 1,000 % behind Jim.”
Tony Williams: “We’re fully engaged and supportive of him.”
Nelson Diaz: “I want to see Kenney as mayor of the city.”READ MORE: Joel Embiid Scores 40 But Sixers Blow 24-Point Lead In Loss To Clippers
Kenney returned the love, promising to seek out the counsel of the vanquished on the issues he’ll face as mayor.
“It’s not one person that’s going to be able to address the problems facing the city.” says Kenney. “It’s everybody standing behind me and everybody they represent and everyone that voted for them, we all need to get together and be on the same team.”
Kenney noted there was a lot of agreement even during the campaign. For instance, on what the biggest issue is.
“The level of poverty in this city is unconscionable and we need to do everything we can to move that poverty needle down.”MORE NEWS: Philadelphia Postponing COVID-19 Vaccine Mandate For City Workers Again
Republicans were quick to respond the entire group represented the “same ol’ same ol'” and urged a vote for their candidate, Melissa Bailey.