In a race that tends to be a snoozer, Democratic candidates for City Controller Alan Butkovitz and Rebecca Rhynhart exploded in shouting matches during a live-streamed forum Tuesday night.
“My opponent is so beholden to the political machine that he does not take the tough stances that I would make,” said Rhynhart, a former top aide to Mayor Kenney and former Mayor Michael A. Nutter. It’s an argument she has made against Butkovitz, a longtime ward leader, during the campaign.
“You think it was easy going after Sheriff John Green? I had to be assigned security guards because they thought I might be assassinated for the amount of corruption we found in there,” said Butkovitz, who is running for a fourth four-year term, referring to an investigation of Green, who was indicted and awaits trial.
“I have the scars of fighting the political system for all the time I’ve been in office,” Butkovitz said.