They went. They saw. They conquered.

The Philadelphia delegation of politicians, lobbyists, and government officials were quite the busy bunch at this weekend's Pennsylvania Society in New York City.

My colleagues and I had a roundup piece in Sunday's Inquirer, which touched on the various bits of news regarding state and city officials and upcoming races.

Here is a closer look at the news tidbits from the Philly delegation:

  • DNC 2016: Will Philly cinch the deal to host the Democratic National Committee in 2016? Philly is a finalist along with Brooklyn and Columbus. Former Gov. Ed Rendell, who is leading Philadelphia's bid effort, said the local planning committee has $3.6 million in the bank.

“They will get it back if we don’t get it,” Rendell said of the people who have donated money.

Montgomery County Commissioner Josh Shapiro, who is also helping with the DNC bid, said if Philadelphia can raise just over $5 million by the time the DNC officials make a decision (expected to be by the end of the year or early next year), Philly will have a good chance of winning the bid. If they do win, many more millions will have to be raised.

  • Mayor's race: Nelson Diaz added some buzz Friday by telling people he will announce his candidacy for mayor January 15. How did the other four declared candidates- Terry Gillen, Ken Trujillo, Lynne Abraham and state Sen. Anthony Williams - react? They all said they welcomed the competition.

“The more, the merrier… It makes the competition interesting,” Abraham said.

Diaz would be the second Latino candidate in a race that is still wide open. Trujillo wouldn’t say one way or another what Diaz’s candidacy would mean to his campaign. He only said “Good ideas are always welcome.”

The candidates all made their rounds at the parties, chatting with political donors, developers, lobbyists and basically anyone who would listen.

  • Will he or won't he?: Council President Darrell L. Clarke, who is still seen as a potential mayoral candidate by many, held a fundraiser Saturday and continued to avoid declaring his intentions for 2016. Ken Trujillo also held a fundraiser Friday evening, which he says drew between 50 to 60 people. Perhaps more people would've donated if the knew what Clarke was doing, he said.

“Clearly people are holding back,” in supporting current mayoral campaigns because of Clarke’s indecision, Trujillo said. “Either decision is a good one… A lot of people are just staying on the sidelines.”

People who attended the fundraiser said the council president didn’t sound mayoral in his speech, which was described by one attendee as “vanilla.” Clarke told the crowd that he will have “very exciting announcements,” in the coming weeks. His spokesman Dan Gross said the announcement of whether Clarke seeks council reelection or a mayoral seat will happen by early January.

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