Friday, January 24, 2014

Mayor Jim Kenney?

Councilman Jim Kenney is fast becoming the coolest member of City Council. He helped bring drag queens back to Philadelphia's Mummers Parade, he introduced a bill that would make Philadelphia one of, if not the most LGBT friendly city in the country, and after Chick-fil-A's president, Dan Cathy said of gay marriage, "I think we are inviting God's judgment," Kenney wrote him a letter and said, literally, "take a hike and take your intolerance with you."

Seriously. Read the letter. This man is amazing.

But Councilman Kenney isn't solely an LGBT advocate, he's an advocate for reason despite politics. He plans to introduce a bill that would eliminate the city's mandatory arrest for marijuana possession, reducing it to the equivalent of a bloated parking ticket. More importantly, his "Small Amount of Marijuana" fine wouldn't destroy the lives of minors acting like kids, saddling them with an arrest on their record.

Whether or not Kenney wants to run for mayor remains to be scene, and given his recent behavior, he might be too good for the office. The best thing about him is he speaks for what's right, whether it's popular or politically "smart." After all, politicians don't really go after the pot vote because pot heads don't wake up to vote. He's introducing the bill because it makes sense.

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