Dan Gross: Tom Knox plans to run for guv - but he's not announcing it yet

Posted: October 09, 2012

BUSINESSMAN Tom Knox, who placed second in the 2007 mayoral race, has been telling friends he intends to run for governor in 2014. On Friday night, Knox was spotted dining with Mayor Nutter and Police Commissioner Charles Ramsey at the Union League.

We asked Knox about the nature of their conversation.

"When running for political office, it's always good to build constituencies," he wrote by email.

OK, so does that mean you're running for governor, we asked.

"It is currently my intention to run, but I am not announcing at this time," Knox said.

OUT AND ABOUT

Donovan McNabb had drinks

Friday night at the Stratus Lounge atop the new Hotel Monaco (5th & Chestnut). He spent some time catching up with Stratus cocktail server Kristen Reid, wife of Eagles coach Andy

Reid's son Britt Reid.

"Cheers" star John Ratzenberger, who went from playing postman Cliff Clavin to a successful career voicing animated films, stopped by Legal Sea Foods at Philadelphia International Airport on Saturday afternoon. He went for a lobster roll and crab cakes.

"Rescue Me" hunk Steven

Pasquale, in town to shoot NBC's "Do No Harm," stopped into Barclay Prime the other night for dinner with a party of eight. The group went for Wagyu filet, Maker's Mark hot toddies and New York strip steaks.

'Voice' singer performs Tuesday

Ben Taub, who can be seen on

NBC's "The Voice" as part of Cee Lo Green's team, performs from 7 to 10 p.m. Tuesday at Chris' Jazz Cafe (1421 Sansom). The Princeton student hopes to be a foreign- news correspondent if his singing career doesn't take off. Tickets for his show are $12 at the door.

Heard on 'Jersey Shore'

Philly dance-music group Les Professionnels' song "Move!" could be heard in Thursday's "Jersey Shore," the first episode of the farewell season of the MTV hit series. The group is also about to release an EP of the song, remixed by Brooklyn's Eliot Lipp; Psychemagik and Pete Herbert, of London; and Philly's Lushlife on the group's label, CNNSSR.

Bristol actor on 'New Girl'

Bristol native actor Charlie Saxton, who appeared on HBO's "Hung," will guest-star on Fox's "New Girl," starring Zooey Deschanel at 9 Tuesday night.

Revel's HQ AC's new hot spot

Nik Richie, of the Dirty.com, stopped by the HQ nightclub at Revel in Atlantic City about 3 a.m. Saturday, after hosting a party at the Pool After Dark at Harrah's. Richie, who can now be seen on VH1's "Couples Therapy" with his wife, Shayne Dahl Lamas, formerly of "The Bachelor," is a friend of DJ Cedric Gervais, who had the crowd at HQ going wild during his set.

Actor Andrew Keegan ("7th Heaven," "10 Things I Hate About You," "Party of Five") was at HQ the other weekend when Tommy Trash was spinning.

The club just announced that DJ Afrojack, who packed the electronic-dance-music tent at the recent Budweiser Made in America festival, will perform at the club on Nov. 11. Tickets are almost sold out.

'Millionaire' casting Thursday

"Who Wants To Be a Millionaire" is holding a casting call from noon to 7 p.m. Thursday at the Pennsylvania Convention Center. Line forms at the 12th and Arch streets entrance. Potential contestants must be 18 to audition. Details are available at millionairetv.com. Applicants will take a multiple-choice trivia quiz, and those who pass will be interviewed.

Speaking of "Millionaire," Fran Samper of Swedesboro, N.J., walked away with $63,000 on Friday's show. The jewelry saleswoman won the money over two days. The show airs at 12:30 p.m. on 6ABC.


Contact Dan Gross at grossd@ phillynews.com or 215-854-5963. Follow him on Twitter @Philly Gossip or at Facebook.com/ dangrossphilly/gossip.

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