The Big Race
Prior to April 18th, I was a Tom Knox supporter. Why the change of heart? I’ll tell you why – Tom Knox made money early on in his career off of a practice known as payday lending. His ads tout him as growing up poor, underprivileged, working his way to the top – a virtual sweetheart, success story. Tom Knox – he wants to help change this city….but not before he had his hand in exploiting the same people he now wants to help. Guilty conscience? Maybe. Is that a quality I want to see in the next mayor for Philadelphia? Not a chance.
In addition to the payday lending, I find it disturbing that Governor Rendell won’t support him. According to those glorious commercials, Knox was responsible for a financial surplus for the city. If he was such a great employee and asset to the City of Philadelphia, why won’t his former boss speak on his behalf? According to a source of mine, Rendell wasn’t exactly keen on having Knox in the position anyway. Three months after Knox began his position, Rendell knew it was a big mistake to have him in there. It took him twelve months plus to get him out.
Now onto Sunday’s debate. Watching Knox speak was just like watching the president speak – it made my brain hurt. Sure – he seems like a nice guy, but absolutely no public speaking skills. Dwight Evans was pretty rough on Knox – but he said what needed to be said, testing Knox on just about everything under the sun. Fattah didn’t amaze me at all. Bob Brady likes Philadelphia cops. Michael Nutter gets my vote.