Frank Rizzo might run for mayor, according to the Inquirer’s Michael Currie Schaffer:
Mayor Street was acknowledging dignitaries at an event last week to commemorate Columbus Day when he let slip a piece of political gossip: Rumor had it that Councilman Frank Rizzo was planning to leave the Republican Party and run for mayor next year as a Democrat.
A joke to butter up the largely Italian American crowd?
Maybe, said Rizzo, 63. But in recounting the story, he also said he was giving serious consideration to following just that route to the job his famous father held from 1972 to 1980.
“I think I have a lot to contribute,” he said. “I have the knowledge. I have the ability to pick good people. I want to help us get a lot of things done.”
Would he really abandon the Republicans, his home since elected to Council in 1995?
“In politics, you look at every scenario,” he said. “And one thing is you have to be realistic, and winning as a Republican isn’t very possible.”
Of the city GOP, he said: “My conviction is that we don’t really have a candidate that I could get behind.”
Even though it hasn’t even started yet — okay, except for Mike Nutter — the 2007 Philadelphia mayoral race is already awesome. Who will run next? Wilson Goode? Bob Brady? Jim Kenney? Sharif Street? Cory Kemp? Donovan McNabb? (He’d win.) Nobody knows!
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