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.