Pennsylvania Republican Senate nominee Mehmet Oz on Tuesday called on Philadelphia mayor Jim Kenney (D) to resign after he said he looked forward to not running for mayor given recent gun violence.
“I wait all the time for something bad to happen,” said Kenney Monday evening at a press conference after a July 4 shooting in Philadelphia that injured two police officers.
“I’ll be happy if I’m not mayor and can enjoy some things,” he said.
Kenney issued a press release Tuesday to clarify those comments.
“In a late night, overwhelming moment of frustration, I said I was looking forward to no longer being mayor,” Kenney said. “Let me be clear, I am incredibly grateful to be mayor of this amazing city and to the people who have chosen me to lead.”
But Oz said Kenney’s comments were enough to merit his immediate resignation.
“Mayor Kenney must resign,” Oz said in a statement. “Kenney’s comments about how he’ll be happy when he’s no longer mayor is a further indication that he’s given up on Philadelphia.”
Oz rejected what he called “radical far-left policies” on crime, carried out by Kenney, Philadelphia District Attorney Larry Krasner (D) and Oz’s opponent, John Fetterman, which Oz says are increasing the murder rate.
“We need to restore safety and security in Philadelphia and all of Pennsylvania — it starts with getting rid of Kenney, Krasner and Fetterman,” Oz said.
When Kenney’s office was reached for comment, he delayed his clarifying statement.
Kenney at Monday’s press conference condemned the Supreme Court and conservative lawmakers, arguing that they were the ones standing in the way of reducing gun violence.
“There are a lot of idiots with guns, and they can get them whenever they want, so this is what we have to live with,” Kenney said.
The Philadelphia police officers were shot during the city’s July 4 fireworks display outside the Philadelphia Museum of Art.
The incident sparked mass panic in the crowd, with many fleeing.
Both officers were treated and released from Jefferson University Hospital on Tuesday morning. 6abc reported†