Hailed as a potential savior when he ran for mayor of Philadelphia three times as a Republican (and lost), Sam Katz is now a Democrat. And if he runs for mayor, I guarantee you that many of the same people who are dismissing Specter because he switched parties will embrace a Katz candidacy:
SAM KATZ – former candidate for mayor, former Republican – mingled with fellow Democrats Monday night at the annual Jefferson-Jackson dinner.
That sparked some speculation about whether Katz, hard at work on a documentary about the history of Philadelphia, is considering another run for office.
Could Katz, who ran three times for mayor and once for governor, be thinking about taking another shot? The next big race in the city for a Democrat would be next year’s primary for mayor. That would pit Katz against Mayor Nutter.
Katz, who switched his voter registration to Democrat in March 2008, declined to comment when we asked if he was mulling a return to politics.
We asked former Mayor John Street, who beat Katz in the 1999 and 2003 elections, what he thought about his old rival turning up as a Democrat. Street wasn’t surprised, noting that Katz “has always had views that were more in line with Democratic values” than the GOP.
“He’s a fiscal conservative but very liberal on most social issues,” Street said in an e-mail.