A press conference Mayor Nutter held today to discuss the city’s progress on ethics reform over the past year quickly turned into a discussion of

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, the controversial aide to Councilman W. Wilson Goode.

Bryant drew media attention in the fall for holding up signs in City Council calling Fox 29 racist after a reporter pursued her for a story about her attending to personal business while logged in as working at City Hall. Photos later emerged showing her on vacation with Goode in Jamaica.

Nutter never publicly criticized Goode or called for any investigation into the situation. Asked if avoiding the issue weakened his image as an ethics reformer, the mayor said he didn’t know what he could have done.

“I’m not sure what I would have called for an investigation into,” Nutter said. “I think to this day there seems to be not any clarity into the relationship. I’m not sure then what there is for me to say about it.”

Nutter was also asked if the city should have a policy barring personal relationships between supervisors and staffers.

“It’s one of those things, I’m sure we can certainly take a look at it. I have no idea if it’s any kind of a widespread problem,” Nutter said. “I’m not sure what I can do from a purely legal standpoint of imposing any rules in that regard on City Council as an independent body of the government.”