Not much reporting here except for my eyes, my memory and a Saturday afternoon drive on the Vine Street Expressway. UPDATE: Did the reporting and, while this isn't officially a Local 98 billboard, it was purchased by the National Electrical Contractors Association and Knox's name was added at Johnny Doc's suggestion, says Frank Keel.
A billboard on 676 which has been paid for by Local 98 for at least the last three ads is now shilling for both Tom Knox and Seamus McCaffery, who is running for a state judgeship. Left half of the billboard features Knox, right side for McCaffery.
The billboard featured a controversial "Local 98 Thanks Rick Santorum" message before his race last November against Bob Casey and most recently featured a straight ad for 98, the electrician's union headed by political powerbroker John Dougherty.
Mayorpalooza reported last week that 98 looked to be backing McCaffery. Doc and Knox pow-wowed over breakfast at Famous Fourth Street recently, too.
UPDATE: Frank Keel checks in to say that the billboard isn't purchased by Local 98 ... but by the National Electrical Contractors Association.
"John has influence, but it's NECA's decision," Keel writes. "Local 98 has not endorsed Tom Knox or anyone else at this time."
UPDATE 2: And, of course, "influence" means "John suggested adding Knox to the planned McCaffery billboard, whom NECA is supporting." Keel says Doc and Knox "have a great rapport" and many members of NECA and 98 have "expressed their intent" to vote for Knox.