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.