"He gave the mayor a rough time while he was in City Council, and people look down upon that," says Rev. Anthony Floyd, president and CEO of the Philadelphia Council of Clergy.
"He would jump into a swimming pool for his people," Floyd
says, fondly referring to Ed Rendell's old mayoral tradition of annually opening city pools by launching his large, hairy body into the water.
mostly African-American contingent pulling for a Caucasian candidate this year, in recent mayoral elections, the voters tended to support people who look like themselves.