Tom Knox Is Running for Mayor (PSYCH!)

UPDATE: In one of the weirder press releases we’ve ever gotten, Tom Knox–on the same day news of his candidacy broke–has announced he’s withdrawing from the race.

After much soul-searching and many difficult conversations with my wife, children and trusted advisers, I am today announcing the end of my planned 2015 mayoral campaign.  I did not reach this decision easily.  I love Philadelphia. Leading this great city as mayor has been a lifelong ambition, but it’s simply not to be.  The significant toll a mayoral campaign would take on my family life was the motivating factor behind my decision.  I put my family through one arduous mayoral campaign, I can’t put them through another.  I sincerely thank the many citizens who already offered me their heartfelt support and contributed their hard-earned money to the campaign.  I will be returning all campaign contributions immediately and reaching out to each donor personally.  I will continue to be involved in shaping the future of Philadelphia in meaningful ways and will have a very keen interest in the selection of our next mayor.  To all those who have worked with me, stood by me and believed in my candidacy, I offer my sincerest gratitude.”

Much soul-searching? In my book, you gotta be in the race at least three days before your soul has been sufficiently searched. Theory: Did he forget to tell hiS family about this and then get an earful? I reached out to spokesperson Frank Keel, who sent out the release at 3:55, but have not heard back.

ORIGINAL VERSION

In an effort to make sure the line “perennial rumored candidate” instead reads “perennial candidate” on his obituary one day, businessman Tom Knox has officially declared his intention to run for mayor in 2015.

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Mayoral Candidate Tom Knox’s Lower Merion Estate Is Still on the Market

Tom Knox announced in April that he was planning to run for mayor of Philadelphia in 2015. He’s run before for mayor and also ran for governor, so these are muscles he knows how to flex. And money is no object, so he can spend whatever he needs to on the campaign. In his 2007 mayoral run, according to the DN’s Chris Brennan, he spent in excess of $10 million–his own money, mind you, not donations. What’s another $10 million, give or take? Brennan writes:

Knox now says he will bank his money until late in the game and focus on fundraising early.

“At the very end, if needed, I’ll do whatever I need to do to win,” Knox said.

Translation: spend as much money as he has to.

Given the fact that money isn’t an issue, maybe it’s time for Knox to knock (ahem) off some dollars from the asking price of Meadowbrook, his spectacular estate that includes several buildings–including a main house, a stone carriage house, a guest house and a spring house. The three-car garage is also a separate building, and as it’s unfinished, could be another something-house if that’s preferable.

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