November 2, 2003
The candidates are the same, but the 2003 Philadephia mayoral campaign has been as bizarre and chaotic as the one four years ago was earnest and satisfying. For The Inquirer, though, the better choice for Philadelphia is the same as in 1999: Republican challenger SAM KATZ. The newspaper endorsed Katz over the incumbent mayor, Democrat John Street, last Sunday. It is customary for us to recapitulate the mayoral endorsement on the Sunday before Election Day. The preference for the wonkish businessman from West Mount Airy over the competent but uninspiring incumbent has little to do with the FBI probe of City Hall.
November 1, 1991 |
Sam Katz is wading through the Republicans at Edward O'Malley Boys Club, gripping hands like life preservers, when suddenly the unmistakable voice of South Philly rises to stage whisper. "Sam," cries Madge, a denizen of 10th and Passyunk. "Sam in four years! He'll get it. He'll get it. " Around Madge's table the women smile in silent agreement. None of them needs a pollster or a pontificator to tell them that Katz may have lost the Republican primary but still has the look, feel, handshake and speaking schedule of a man who wants to be mayor someday.
January 20, 2003
SAM KATZ is a political poser. The partisan actions of his Republican pals in Harrisburg to seize control of the Convention Center are now as transparent as glass. It is crystal clear that John Perzel's midnight raid on the Convention Center was not about fixing the center's problems, but about grabbing power and giving a non-entity like Sam Katz a hastily assembled platform to demonstrate his "leadership" skills as he prepares to embark on another futile campaign for political office.
September 22, 2003
RE THE Sept. 15 letter from Kendall Wood: At what point did Sam Katz become a racist? Did his campaign throw an un-lit Molotov cocktail through one of Mayor Street's campaign offices? At what point did "Mayor Katz" say, "the white people are runnin' the city"? At what point did Sam Katz have city employees working on his campaign? The answer to every one of these questions is "never. " The reason the recent covers of the Daily News regarding Mayor Street are consistently negative is because of the facts, not the color of his skin.
October 30, 2003 |
In this week's Commentary Pages, Mayor John Street and his challenger Sam Katz will answer a series of questions about issues in the mayoral race. The question for today is: The Neighborhood Transformation Initiative is still a work in progress. Mayor Street, what is your standard of success for NTI over the next four years, and what needs to be done to meet it? Sam Katz, would you continue NTI? If not, why not? If yes, how would you change it, if at all? In the 1990s, Mayor Ed Rendell concentrated on improving Center City, and because of his vision and leadership, Center City is thriving and continues to improve.
March 2, 2011 |
SAM KATZ, a three-time mayoral candidate who considered a run against Mayor Nutter this year, will be taking a seat on the state panel that oversees city finances, the Pennsylvania Intergovernmental Cooperation Authority (PICA). Gov. Corbett announced Katz's appointment yesterday, praising him in a news release as "a proven civic leader whose well-established financial expertise will clearly benefit the authority and the city. " Katz, 61, who is traveling in Israel, could not be reached for comment.
October 2, 2003 |
I AM WRITING not as a Republican leader, which I am, but as a neighbor and fellow Philadelphian. We are now considering which candidate for mayor is the most qualified to rejuvenate Philadelphia. Our city has so much to offer, yet we fail to utilize our greatest assets - ourselves. Over the last 50 years our population has decreased by more than 1 million people. As other major cities continue to grow and become stronger, ours declines and becomes weaker. The fifth largest city in the United States is in danger of being surpassed by Phoenix.
May 4, 2011 |
Sam Katz, the recently appointed chairman of the city's financial oversight board, sent a pointed letter to the City Council president Tuesday, ripping Council over its failure to abolish or trim the city's expensive deferred-retirement program known as DROP. "To allow the perpetuation of DROP despite the clear evidence of its ineffectiveness and its cost sends a powerfully negative message to citizens, taxpayers, the credit markets, and to PICA," Katz said, referring to his organization, the Pennsylvania Intergovernmental Cooperation Authority.
September 26, 1999 |
Sam Katz may not be the businessman you think he is. In his campaigns for mayor, governor, and now mayor again, the Philadelphia Republican has crafted a picture of himself as a buttoned-down corporate type, a manager primarily. It is true that he built a business, created jobs, and balanced a budget. Public Financial Management Inc., the government-consulting firm he helped lead for 18 years, grew during his tenure to include 178 employees, $27 million in annual revenue, and branch offices in 16 cities.
December 8, 1998 |
In the past half-century, Philadelphia Republicans have produced a long list of losers in mayoral elections: Joe Rocks, Joe Egan, Frank Rizzo, John Egan, David Marston, Tom Foglietta . . . On and on it goes. Only Rizzo, in 1987, got close to winning. But then, he was a former two-term Democratic mayor. Now comes Sam Katz, heir apparent to the Republican mantle. Katz, 48, was to formally announce today that he will be a candidate next year to succeed Mayor Rendell, who cannot seek a third term.