Mayoral interviews: Doug Oliver

Written by on May 5, 2015

Mayoral candidate Doug Oliver, in his second interview with Solomon Jones, said he would keep Philadelphia’s 10-year tax abatement for new construction under certain conditions. He also said the schools should cater to new economic realities.

Oliver said he finds fellow candidate Jim Kenney’s complimentary statements about Oliver to be ironic, given that Kenney questioned the ethics of Oliver’s position as PGW spokesman position during Oliver’s run-up to his mayoral candidacy.

But the real sparks flew when Oliver was asked if he stands by a statement made at an Al Dia mayoral forum, when Oliver said, “ … I was asked early on about whether or not black men in particular had a reason to be afraid of police and I said that they do. The sad truth is that the police have good reason to be afraid of black men. That is the truth because when you look at the statistics that’s where the shootings are coming from.”

In a tense exchange, Oliver blamed the interviewer for being “the only one” who doesn’t understand what Oliver was trying to say.

Click the link below to hear the interview in its entirety.

Photo: Doug Oliver speaks at The Next Mayor debate at Temple University in Philadelphia on Monday, May 4, 2015. ( STEPHANIE AARONSON / The Next Mayor)

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