PHOENIX -- Don’t call it a comeback.
Former Phoenix Mayor Phil Gordon says he does not want his old job back, despite recent rumors that he was lining up a 2015 campaign to challenge the city's current mayor, Greg Stanton.
“Let me say, just to be real direct, I’m not seeking or looking or organizing for any mayoral campaign at any time,” Gordon told 3TV on Friday. “I support, to be real direct, Mayor Stanton. He’s a good friend.”
Gordon, who left office in 2012 after eight years, said he wanted to end any speculation that he had his eye on the mayor’s office again.
But a comment he made might have stirred the rumors.
During an appearance on a local talk show, Gordon said he would “love to be mayor again.”
Gordon's time in office, if anything, was a mixed bag.
There were achievements in rebuilding the city’s downtown, but a series of scandals seriously damaged the Gordon legacy.
Still, Gordon has not completely ruled out a run for mayor in the very distant future.
“If I could be mayor again in the future and the timing was right, it'd be a great job to have again," Gordon said. "But ... we have a great, hard-working mayor. We've got a great council."