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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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Chris Brennan, a native Philadelphian and graduate of Temple University, joined the Daily News in 1999. He has written about SEPTA, the Philadelphia School District, the legalization of casino gambling, state government, the mayor, the governor, City Council and political campaigns. E-mail tips to brennac@phillynews.com
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Jenny DeHuff is a 2005 graduate of the University of Rhode Island, where she cut her teeth in journalism. A South Philly transplant from New England, she joined the Daily News City Hall Bureau in 2013. For the past several years, she has worked as an investigative reporter exposing corruption in suburban politics, covering sometimes ghastly criminal court cases and following the people’s money and how its spent. In addition to being a dogged news hound, she enjoys reading and writing about travel, animals, Irish whiskey and aviation. E-mail tips to dehuffj@phillynews.com
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