Tom Knox, the millionaire who considered putting his own fortune on the line again to challenge Mayor Nutter in the Democratic primary election or as an independent in the general election, said a reluctance to run a negative campaign kept him out of those races. Knox, along with Gov. Rendell, endorsed Nutter's re-election bid this morning.
Knox said a poll he conducted last week showed he would lose the primary but could win in the general, if he was willing to attack Nutter's record.
"I’m not up for that type of a fight," Knox said. "It’s not in my nature to run a negative campaign and that’s what you have to do to win. That’s not the person I wanted to be."
Rendell said the power of incumbency makes it very difficult to challenge a sitting mayor in Philadelphia. Rendell said Nutter uses that power to his advantage.
“When you run against an incumbent you have to run an almost entirely negative campaign. You have to say: This is wrong, this is wrong. This is wrong," Rendell said. "It has to be tearing down. I’ve known Tom Knox a long time. He’s not negative. He’s not interested in tearing down."