**Super rumor alert. From this blog.
Hard to say how much weight this carries. Gil was a relative latecomer to the Democrat race, if I remember correctly. I could envision a scenario where he ran on behalf of his Ward 1 comrades to broker such a (city-manager-supporting) deal as this, and I could also envision a scenario where he ran because he knew he would have the Ward 1 votes, which just might be enough to win in a diluted primary race.
Edit: THIS says the rumor is fake.