Knox pulls out of gubernatorial race

Then there were four.

Philadelphia businessman Tom Knox withdrew from the governor's race today and threw his support to Democrat Dan Onorato, the elected Allegheny County executive in Pittsburgh. The primary field is still crowded: Auditor General Jack Wagner, Montgomery County Commissioner Joe Hoeffel and Scranton Mayor Chris Doherty also are seeking the nomination.

Inquirer staff writer Tom Infield reports on the Knox announcement:

In a half-hour telephone conference call with reporters, Knox said he believed Onorato cared about the same issues he cared about - reducing the high cost of energy, good schools, reasonably cost housing and job development.

"I believe that I would have served Pennsylvania's families well as their advocate in Harrisburg," Knox said. "But after talking with Dan Onorato, I am confident that he and I share the same . . . vision for our state."

Knox said he had been prepared to put $10 million to $15 million into the race. He said he believed he could have won.

So why did he quit?

It was, he said, the reluctance of his wife, Linda, and his two sons, Brandon and T.J., to see him go forward. He did not explain their reasons for talking him out of it, but said it had nothing to do with money.

"Believe me," he said, "my net worth is substantial. To put another $10 million or $15 million in it wouldn't have made a big difference in my lifestyle. It wouldn't have made a little difference."

Knox, who ran for Philadelphia mayor in 2007, said that many people had asked him to forego the governor's race and run again for mayor in 2011.

"I don't want to run for mayor; that's not on my mind right now," he said.

But then he commented, "Maybe I'll rethink that."










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