Mayor Nutter told Mike Dunn of KYW Newsradio this week that he is, indeed, running for re-election next year. It wasn’t surprising, but apparently he’d avoided saying those words, until Mike, one of the best radio reporters I’ve ever known, got him to blurt it.
Two questions arise. The first, of course is whether Nutter will have a serious opponent in the spring primary. City Councilman Bill Green is unlikely, and the only other one around who could decide this late and make a credible run is millionaire Tom Knox.
I spoke to Knox Wednesday. He said he’ll have something to say in mid-January and that we’ll be surprised when we hear it. Since it wouldn’t be a surprise to hear he’s running as a Democrat, logic says he’s not in that race, right?
I don’t know, but my second question is what Nutter will do if he has no serious primary opposition. By which I mean, will he use his good name and campaign cash to support reform candidates for other offices, like City Council, City Commissioner or Sheriff?
I asked him this very question Monday and he told me he hasn’t thought much about it or had conversations with other candidates.
To which I say: think about it.