Unknown pollster stirs Philly's mayoral-election pot

Someone's stirring the election pot 10 months before the mayoral primary.

A reliable Democratic voter - the type who votes in each and every election and is targeted by polling firms - said he received a call last week from a pollster interested in potential challengers to Mayor Nutter.

On the list: former City Controller Jonathan Saidel, who lost his recent bid for lieutenant governor; State Sen. Anthony Williams, who lost his race for governor but is running for state auditor general; City Councilman Bill Green; millionaire Tom Knox, who ran for mayor in 2007; and businessman Sam Katz, who ran for mayor in 1991, 1999, and 2003.

The pollster also asked what were Philadelphia's most pressing issues, how Nutter was dealing with them, and whether the voter likely would support Nutter based on his achievements in public safety, government reform, and budget matters.

Then came a slimmed version of the first question: If the mayoral election were held today and the candidates were Nutter and Katz, who would you vote for?

No political camp has so far claimed ownership of the poll.

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