First mayoral debate marred by exclusion

Fox 29 did not invite Olugbala, though he is on the Nov. ballot.

Independent mayoral candidate Diop Olugbala spoke in front of Fox 29 studios Thursday to protest his exclusion from next Tuesday’s televised mayoral debate and announce his intention to participate anyway.

“I believe Fox 29’s decision to exclude me from the debate is consistent with an all-out attack on my campaign,” said Olugbala, who is on the Nov. ballot under his birth name, Wali Rahman. “I don’t know how they say it’s democratic when two voices dominate and represent the same opportunistic style of corrupt government.”

Olugbala is the only mayoral candidate on the ballot who was not asked to participate. Republican Karen Brown and Mayor Michael Nutter will duke it out Tuesday night.

“So far, we don’t have a position,” said Zach Stalberg of the Committee of Seventy. “If you ask me, as a general reaction, I would say that there’s no harm in including him, so why not?”

Olugbala is investigating the possibility of filing a complaint with the Federal Communications Commission.

“I will make it impossible between now and Tuesday to let the debate go on like it’s representing some democratic process without telling the entire city it’s a farce,” he said. “I will show up ready to debate.”

A spokeswoman for Fox was mum except for the statement, “Diop Olugbala will not be part of the Fox 29 mayoral debate.”

So no Diop in this first debate. But Mayor Nutter and challenger Brown can still give us something worth listening to. What Metro would like to hear:

From Nutter:
“If re-elected, I’ll take greater control over the future of the city that hired me for a second time. Some elected official in City Hall owes this city as much. I won’t go to every press conference that presents itself. When you see me on TV, you’ll know something big is happening. More street cleanups and less school fights — in SRC meetings and City Council. An end to those ‘Unlitter Us’ spoken word commercials. And I promise, yes, promise, to quit saying ‘worst recession since the Great Depression.’”

From Brown: “If I pull the biggest upset in modern political history, I won’t really try to disband the city’s teacher’s union, but I will demand two changes: the way our public school educators are allowed to choose which schools they work in, and salary based on a merit system (not just how long you’ve been here). I’ll hire the best and brightest to help me run this massive government since I’ll need the help. I’ll host lots of lunches with Republicans from Harrisburg. How much worse could the Philadelphia-Harrisburg relationship get, right?”



News
Entertainment
Sports
Lifestyle
Local

Federal mediator joins Met Opera labor talks as…

Unions representing the orchestra and chorus of the Met Opera agreed to have a federal mediator join labor talks on Thursday as a threatened lockout loomed.

Local

Winning $7 million New York lottery ticket sold…

The only $7 million winning New York Lottery ticket for Monday's Cash4Life drawing was sold at a Queens 7-Eleven, officials said on Tuesday.

Local

Brooklyn man charged in roommate's stabbing death

A Brooklyn man accused of violently stabbing his roommate to death on Monday is in police custody and faces murder charges.

International

Dinosaurs could have survived asteroid strike

It turns out there is a good and a bad time for the planet to be hit by a meteor, and dinosaurs were just unlucky.…

Movies

Review: 'Guardians of the Galaxy' is a refreshingly…

Marvel is sitting so high on a cash mountain that it's now thrown $170 million at the relatively obscure and very silly title "Guardians of the Galaxy."

Movies

Review: 'Get on Up' is a war between…

James Brown finally gets his own boring biopic with "Get on Up," but the Godfather of Soul puts up a good fight against the usual cliches.

Movies

Review: 'Child of God' finds director James Franco…

James Franco's 11th directed feature is a noble but sloppy adaptation of Cormac McCarthy's "Child of God," about a feral mountain man (Scott Haze).

Movies

Review: Alex Gibney's Fela Kuti doc 'Finding Fela'…

Prolific documentarian Alex Gibney takes on Afrobeat god Fela Kuti in "Finding Fela," but fails to capture his unique essence.

MLB

Yankees land Stephen Drew, Martin Prado at trade…

Yankees land Stephen Drew, Martin Prado at trade deadline

College

Playing the Field: Valentine's Day coupling edition

  It’s Valentine’s Day, a day created by Hallmark to make couples spend loads and loads of money on candy, flowers and gourmet dinners. Or…

MLB

Angelo Cataldi: Ryan Howard deserves better from Phillies

Just last week, Ryan Howard endured the embarrassment of a benching that was inevitable, and yet still shocking.

NFL

Larry Donnell has inside track in Giants tight…

Little-known Larry Donnell of Grambling State currently has the inside track, as the second-year player has received the bulk of the first-team reps.

Career

What do you wear to a career fair?…

Getting that gig starts with presenting the most polished and memorable version of yourself, so refer to our expert fashion advice.

Style

Editors pick: Margiela's finger armor ring

These cool rings from Maison Martin Margiela are designed to overlap over the finger, covering each joint like armor.

Style

Givenchy champions diversity

Riccardo Tisci's uses a variety of ethnically diverse ladies for his spring campaign including Erykah Badu.

Wellbeing

Don't settle for the hotel fitness center with…

Travelers who want to skip the hotel fitness center in favor of local gyms that may offer better equipment, classes and amenities can turn to…