Jim Kenney meets with Mayor Michael Nutter

Thursday, May 21, 2015
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Fresh off his Democratic primary win, mayoral nomine Jim Kenney sat down with current Philadelphia Mayor Michael Nutter.

PHILADELPHIA (WPVI) -- Fresh off his Democratic primary win, mayoral nomine Jim Kenney sat down with current Philadelphia Mayor Michael Nutter.

They met behind closed doors then emerged to downplay any major policy differences they've had including police stop and frisk and the easing of marijuana laws.

The incumbent is backing Kenney all the way in the fall general election.

"Councilman Kenney will run this city well and will make this city proud and will maintain that ethic of being a person for others," said Mayor Nutter.

"I thank the mayor for all his work that he's done as mayor. His real legacy is the salvation of the city during the worst economic crisis in the world's history beside The Depression," said Kenney.

There's some intrigue surrounding the possible entry of former Councilman Bill Green Jr. into

the fall race as an independent.

However Green has not declared and he declined our requests for an interview or statement on Thursday.

Despite party affiliation, Kenney and Green were bitter adversaries when they were in city council.

"We don't see eye to eye and we don't come from the same places. In our start and the extent of our careers, we came from different spots and that led to some tension sometimes," said Kenney.

Republican mayoral nominee Melissa Murray Bailey had this reaction to a possible bid by Green.

"I think I'm focused on something that's very different than both Jim Kenney and Bill Green. I'm looking to resolve the issues that have gone unresolved for so long and bring a new perspective to how we solve those challenges," said Bailey.

While Green wasn't available to speak with Action News on Thursday, a source close to him says that Green believes there is an opening for an independent candidacy in the mayor's race - if he can build a credible funding base.