Saturday, May 23, 2015

Election 2010 Report: Will Knox Drop Run For Governor?

Pennsylvania's political circles are abuzz with a rumor -- first reported last night on Capitolwire, an on-line news service based in Harrisburg -- that Tom Knox is pursuing a deal to drop out of the May Democratic primary election for governor and endorse Allegheny County Executive Dan Onorato in return for some plum state job, perhaps a post on the state Liquor Control Board.

Election 2010 Report: Will Knox Drop Run For Governor?

Pennsylvania's political circles are abuzz with a rumor -- first reported last night on Capitolwire, an on-line news service based in Harrisburg -- that Tom Knox is pursuing a deal to drop out of the May Democratic primary election for governor and endorse Allegheny County Executive Dan Onorato in return for some plum state job, perhaps a post on the state Liquor Control Board.

Knox campaign manager Josh Morrow last night denied the report, repeating in an odd monotone: "It's just a rumor. It's just a rumor. It's just a rumor."

But PhillyClout hears there is substance to the rumor. So what would motivate Knox, a self-made millionaire who worked his way up from the projects in Philadelphia, to drop out?  Could it be money?  Knox and all other statewide candidates must file a campaign finance report on Feb. 1 that details their fund-raising and spending for 2009.  We hear Knox's wife was reluctant to have him repeat a self-funded campaign, as he did by spending $11 million of his own money in an unsuccessful run for mayor of Philadelphia in 2007.

A Knox campaign spokesman predicted months ago that he could spend as much as $20 million of his own money on a run for governor.  Knox was far less forthcoming when we asked him about that in November, saying that he was actively fund-raising for his campaign.  "I never give anyone a number," Knox said about how much of his own money he might spend. "If I did, my wife would have my head." 

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William Bender, a Drexel graduate who landed at the Daily News in 2007, has covered everything from South Philly mobsters to doomsday hucksters. He occasionally writes about local food trucks and always eats everything on his plate, whether it be a bloody rib eye or a corrupt politician. E-mail tips to benderw@phillynews.com
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David Gambacorta, has been a reporter with the Daily News since 2005, covering crime, police corruption and all of the other bizarre things that happen in Philadelphia. Now he’s covering the 2015 mayor’s race, because he enjoys a good circus just as much as the next guy. He’s always looking to get a cup of coffee. Send news tips and other musings on life to gambacd@phillynews.com
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