Friday, February 12, 2016

Knox dips toe in Pa. gov sweepstakes

Millionaire Tom Knox hires consultant, says he's giving serious thought to challenging Pa. Gov. Corbett.

Knox dips toe in Pa. gov sweepstakes

Tom Knox announced Tuesday that he will not run for mayor. (David Swanson / Staff Photographer, File)
Tom Knox announced Tuesday that he will not run for mayor. (David Swanson / Staff Photographer, File)

Tom Knox apparently doesn't want to be left out of the governor's race talk.

Knox, the millionaire businessman who was runner-up in the 2007 Democratic primary for mayor of Philadelphia, put out a release Monday that touted his hiring of veteran communications strategist Frank Keel as a sign of his intent to "mount another campaign for political office."

The release doesn't mention which office, specifically, but in a statement, Knox said that he is  considering a run for the Democratic nomination to take on Gov. Corbett.

“Tom Corbett has failed the people of Pennsylvania and I am taking a very serious look at challenging him," Knox said. "Pennsylvanians are disillusioned with Corbett’s failed leadership and are rightly seeking a change. Corbett’s dismal job approval ratings provide testament to voters’ apathy towards rewarding him a second term."

He added that he was also considering "other opportunities" in politics.

Knox was a deputy mayor in Ed Rendell's first term, charged with streamlining city government. He finished second to Mayor Nutter in 2007. Knox considered running for governor in 2009 and 2010, but passed on the race. He toyed with running for mayor again in 2011, either in a primary challenge to Nutter or as an independent.

Keel has done political work for Local 98 of the IBEW, former Mayor John Street, U.S. Rep. Lou Barletta (R.,Pa.) and City Councilman Bobby Henon, among others. He also worked for Knox's 2007 campaign.

Inquirer Politics Writer
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