Sunday, April 26, 2015

How Philly Mag Editor Larry Platt Didn't Run For Congress

Philadelphia Magazine editor Larry Platt uses 5,857 words in GQ to describe the odyssey that was his aborted Democratic run for Pennsylvania's 6th Congressional District last year.

How Philly Mag Editor Larry Platt Didn't Run For Congress

Mayor Nutter is not laughing about Larry Platt´s would-be run for congress.  We think.
Mayor Nutter is not laughing about Larry Platt's would-be run for congress. We think. JASON REARICK / For The Inquirer

Philadelphia Magazine editor Larry Platt uses 5,857 words in GQ to describe the odyssey that was his aborted Democratic run for Pennsylvania's 6th Congressional District last year.  It's a fascinating behind-the-scenes look that doubles as a dead-on profile of political consultant Neil Oxman.  And the tale hits the political trifecta:  Bill Clinton horndogging his way through an event, a shady unnamed attorney fishing for campaign contribution quid pro quo and shocking revelations about the would-be candidate [from his own opposition researcher].

Here's how Platt launches the story:  Last fall, I was called to serve. I was recruited to run for congress in Pennsylvania's prized sixth district, the suburbs of Philly. I accepted. I met Bill Clinton. I talked strategy with Steny Hoyer. I hitched myself to a grizzled, street-fighting campaign manager, asked all my friends for money, and came clean on the skeletons in my closet. And then I decided I couldn't go through with it.

The GQ article is online here.  We first caught wind of it on Philebrity, which posted on the subject here.

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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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