PHILADELPHIA – Raj Bhakta, a former contestant on the TV show "The Apprentice," may run a long-shot campaign for Congress (search). Now living in Fort Washington, Bhakta says he is very close to deciding to whether to seek the 13th District seat held by Democratic Rep. Allyson Y. Schwartz (search).
Schwartz was elected to her first term last year, defeating Republican Melissa Brown by 15 percentage points after spending $3.5 million to win.
Bhakta, just weeks shy of 30, is primarily a real estate and technology entrepreneur; he recently managed the redevelopment of a lodge in Vail, Colo.
In the 2004 season of "The Apprentice," (search) he was noted for his bow ties, his high-intensity preppy demeanor, and a definite eye for the ladies. He was the ninth apprentice fired by Donald Trump (search) that season. On his way out the door, he hit on Trump's receptionist.