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.

6 Comments so far

  1. jen (unregistered) on April 23rd, 2007 @ 9:53 am

    darn it, i missed the debate!

  2. JOHN TAGLIANETTI (unregistered) on April 23rd, 2007 @ 11:36 am

    The errors of youth are projected in your poorly researched post. No direct income was received by Knox as a result of the payday loans. The bank was sold two years after the payday loans had ceased. Also Knox was Chairman of the bank not a salesman and the loans were made to National Cash not to the consumer. So stop embarassing yourself. Before you post read up and understand. Things written have a habit of staying around a long, long time.

  3. Meghan (unregistered) on April 23rd, 2007 @ 11:46 am

    Apparently, John, I am not the only Philadelphian who is embarrassing themselves by inaccurate research. Thanks for referring to me as youthful. Your response was so full of teen angst, it gave me the willies!

  4. jen (unregistered) on April 23rd, 2007 @ 3:58 pm

    i also had no idea he was CEO of united healthcare. love those money/soul sucking insurance companies.

    it stands to reason that if he was chairman of the bank, and the bank made the loans, even if he had no idea about them he certainly benefitted in the end, especially after the sale to royal bank.

  5. jen (unregistered) on April 25th, 2007 @ 9:50 am
  6. Meghan (unregistered) on April 25th, 2007 @ 2:19 pm

    Very nice reads! Thanks!

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