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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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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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Sean Collins Walsh is from Bucks County and went to Northwestern University. He joined the Daily News copy desk in 2012 and now covers the Nutter administration. Before that, he interned at papers including The New York Times, The Dallas Morning News and The Seattle Times. E-mail tips to walshSE@phillynews.com
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