Katz ready to say he won't run for Philly mayor?

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Posted: November 08, 2010

Sam Katz, the Republican-turned-Democrat who had been considering a challenge to Mayor Nutter in the May 2011 Democratic primary election, appears ready to announce today that he will not launch a campaign.

Reached last night, Katz three times declined to discuss a rumor that he would not be a candidate for mayor, each time saying he would issue a statement this morning.

"Everybody is entitled to do things their own way," Katz said. "This is the way I'm going to do it."

Katz was widely expected to reach a decision on whether to run after returning from a recent family vacation to Italy.

He has routinely declined to comment about his consideration of a challenge to Nutter, although speculation about it has swirled for months. "Draft Katz" buttons circulated in September at a screening of the first episode of a documentary series Katz is producing called "Philadelphia: The Great Experiment."

Katz's consideration of another run made him an unlikely political ally of former Mayor John Street, who defeated him twice in mayoral campaigns but is now eager to find someone to challenge Nutter. Street has publicly criticized Nutter's administration, saying Nutter is not perceived as a black mayor in the African-American community.

If Katz decides not to run, attention would turn to Tom Knox, a millionaire who finished second to Nutter in the 2007 Democratic primary and then ran briefly this year for governor. Knox, who has said he would run if Katz does not, is expected to make a final decision after Jan. 1.

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