Ken Smukler's anti-Tom Knox commercial has been passed on by two TV stations.
Seems Knox's lawyer ripped off an angry letter challening the legailty and truthiness of the ad. NBC10 and Channel 6 declined the ads. The Economic Justice Coalition for Truth's Alex Talmadge (who will testify in front of the Ethics Board today) says he's exploring his options, according to the Daily News.
A spokeswoman for WPVI, Caroline Welch, confirmed that Channel 6 had pulled the ad, but she said it was the result of an internal review that began before the station received Rosen's letter. She said management had "determined that there were claims made in this ad that needed to be substantiated."
Knox also got what we're sure will be thrown into his next ad: kind words from Gov. Ed Rendell. A day after Rendell handicapped the field for the Inky, calling Knox "abrasive," he had this to say to Dave Davies, appearing in today's Clout:
"Obviously neither Tom Knox nor anyone in the administration, myself included, single-handedly turned around our budget deficit," Rendell said, "but Tom was a very important and vital part of that initiative, and his work was responsible for significant cost savings and productivity enhancements.
"If he was elected mayor," the governor added, "he would know how to cut costs and wouldn't be afraid to kick some butt in the bureaucracy."
Not everything was so good for Knox in the Daily News today, though. From Jill Porter's column:
TOM KNOX calls himself a "reformer" who's going to purge corruption and cozy insider dealing from City Hall.
But this week he proved to be a hypocrite instead.
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