Lynne Abraham for Mayor of Philadelphia in 2015 | The Philly Post
Yes, I was approached by some women who want me to consider it,” Abraham confirmed on Wednesday evening from her office at Market Street law firm Archer & Greiner, where she’s been a partner since leaving the District Attorney’s office in January 2010, succeeded by Williams. “They have a great interest in female candidates, and I said that I am interested in testing the waters. I don’t mind taking risks, but I am not a fool.”
“Lynne is somebody I have known, respected and admired for years,” explains Miller. “But for the fact that she was a devoted wife to her significantly older husband, she would have probably run for office well before this. She had her priorities, and she knew her limitations. She obviously no longer has those responsibilities.” (Abraham chose not to run again for District Attorney in 2009, and her husband Frank Ford died that same year at the age of 92.)One person who is probably not as enthusiastic about Abraham’s potential candidacy is current District Attorney Williams, who memorably ran against Abraham in 2005 (and lost) while he was working for her, an act of subversion that raised quite a few eyebrows.
With a mayoral primary lineup that could include an Abraham vs. Williams rematch, could Abraham be in this for revenge, to teach her disloyal former protege a lesson? Abraham snickers at the thought. “I’m just crazy about this city,” she promises. “I have lived here all my life, and I would welcome the challenge.”