He's a Northeast Philly guy with a cheery disposition and literally just a hundred bucks in the bank.
Meet Al Taubenberger, who tomorrow will become the longshot Republican candidate for mayor in a town that hasn't elected a GOPer in 60 years.
Still, the president of the Greater Northeast Chamber of Commerce - who apparently will have the blessing of the Republican City Committee - is optimistic about his chances.
"I'm a guy that loves this city, loves his neighborhood," said Taubenberger, 53, who plans to announce tomorrow at 2 p.m. outside his boyhood home on Oxford Avenue.
Taubenberger said he hopes to talk about fixing education and tackling crime and corruption.
"I think when you look at what happened today, these are the type of politics that need to be rejected," he said, referring to state Sen. Vince Fumo's indictment. "We need to have a clean slate."
Republican City Committee Chairman Vito Canuso Jr. voiced support for Taubenberger.
"I think he's an excellent candidate. I think he'll do well," Canuso said. "I'm confident that he will get our endorsement."
Republican City Councilmen Frank Rizzo and Jack Kelly are both expected to attend the announcement. Taubenberger served as Kelly's chief of staff from 1988 to 1992, when Kelly was a district councilman.
This won't be Taubenberger's first time on the campaign trail. He has twice run for Congress - in 2002 and 2004 - but both times failed to win the primary election.
The five Democrats running in the May primary have all declared, and most have amassed substantial campaign chests.
But although Taubenberger has been talking about running for mayor for some time, he has not held a fundraiser and has just $100 in his campaign account.
"I think we could spend it all if we went to the right place for lunch," he joked.
In the last two mayoral elections, in 2003 and 1999, Republican Sam Katz put up a good fight, losing by just 9,400 votes in 1999. But he raised millions both times through his strong ties to the business and financial communities.
While Taubenberger seemed aware that he was starting with something of a deficit, he said he was looking forward to the experience regardless.