The Philadelphia Republican City Committee will not endorse a candidate for mayor when it meets this evening, even though a member of the party has been running since June. Local GOP Chairman Vito Canuso today confirmed that there would be no recommendation for mayor at the endorsement meeting but declined to comment about unsuccessful party efforts to recruit a candidate.
John Featherman, a GOP committeeman from Chinatown, announced in June his campaign for mayor, making clear he was part of a Republican faction that wants to challenge the leadership of Canuso and Michael Meehan, the party's general counsel.
Brett Mandel, a Democrat who ran unsuccessfully for City Controller in 2009, confirmed today that Al Taubenberger and former state Rep. George Kenney last week asked him to consider switching parties to run for mayor as a Republican. Taubenberger was the GOP nominee who faced Michael Nutter in the 2007 General Election. Mandel turned down the GOP.
"The fact that nobody would want to use that position as a platform to expand their name in the Republican Party says something about what the Republican Party is up against," Mandel said.