Romney comments echo in City Council

Posted: September 23, 2012

City Council seems well-versed in the concept of schadenfreude - the taking of pleasure in the misfortune of others.

In this case, the pleasure was taken at the expense of Mitt Romney, who had the misfortune of speaking his mind a little too forcefully while being secretly videotaped. In his now-infamous comments, Romney referred to the 47 percent of the population that doesn't pay federal income tax as moochers who see themselves as "victims."

Thus, the end of Thursday's Council session turned into something of a roast of the GOP presidential nominee, beginning with Councilwoman Marian B. Tasco.

"Mitt Romney was born with a silver foot in his mouth," she said, borrowing former Texas Gov. Ann Richards' famous description of George H.W. Bush. "He has no idea what's happening in this country."

That was followed by Councilwoman Maria Quiñones Sánchez, who noted Romney's unfunny joke that if his Mexican-born father had been born of Mexican parents, he would "have a better shot at winning this."

"Mitt Romney said he would be better off if he was Mexican," Sánchez said. "Thank you, but no thank you."

Finally, Councilman Bill Green urged his colleagues to stop discussing President Obama's "secret weapon."

"And that is Mitt Romney, who only opens his mouth to put in the other foot," he said.

We would like to insert some political balance here, but none of the vastly outnumbered Republicans on Council (3 of the 17 members) offered a rebuttal or took a swipe at Obama.

Where's Donald Trump when you need him? - Troy Graham

Dressed for success at City Hall

With the exception of the occasional cross-dressing Mummer, "Heard in the Hall" suspects that Oct. 24 may mark the first performance by a drag queen in City Hall.

Of course, Martha Graham Cracker is not your average drag queen. She bares her hairy shoulders in elaborate stage gowns and hurls herself around the stage.

Ms. Cracker, the alter ego of Pig Iron Theatre's Dito van Reigersberg, will appear in the Mayor's Reception Room at City Hall as part of City Hall Presents, at 5:30 p.m. Oct. 24.

City Hall Presents has brought performers to Philadelphia's seat of power to showcase the city's creative economy. This year, the program has featured a wide variety of acts, including performers from the Philadelphia School of Circus Arts who did aerial acrobatics without a net above the asphalt in the building's courtyard.

Gary Steuer, chief cultural officer, said he believes Cracker will perform a cabaret act with lots of audience interaction.

Victor Fiorillo, a Philadelphia Magazine editor who plays piano in Cracker's band, described the event as child-friendly, funny, and musically adventurous. "We kind of cover all of those genres, from gospel to rock to country to R&B," he said. "We also change it up, so you might hear us do Mötley Crüe as a ballad, Prince as gospel, and a Beatles song as heavy metal."

Mayor Nutter, he added, has been invited to join the performance. - Miriam Hill

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