Thursday, October 12, 2006

that city-wide election

Mostly because there was no notice of this in the two major papers I note that the Pittsburgh Courier has a story on a new candidate for Pittsburgh City Controller. Amid all the hullabaloo over the mayor's race, people forget that there is an imminent race for city controller. Looks like another fresh face. I am wondering if there ought to be a rule that you have to be under 30 to be in city government these days.

Honestly, when it became clear there would be a race for mayor I wondered how stringent the rule was for a sitting Common Pleas Court judge not to engage in partisan politics. The quiescence of Tom Flaherty of late seems to answer that. I think the last year is the longest stretch of time that Tom has not made waves in local politics in 3 decades.

but who is going to run? The incumbent and acting City Controller Tony Pokora has already made it known he is running. In normal circumstances the incumbent, even ifnot elected themselves, would be in a strong position. But times are just not normal and the controllers office may not be the power base it was in the past. Common speculation is that Doug Shields is out there though he may be feeling more empowered (for now that is) in his new role as city council prez. One could argue that city council prez is a better base than is the controllers office for a future mayoral run. I have heard mention Bodack may be interested in running and there was brief mention of erstwhile mayoral candidate Lamb looking toward this race but that was a few political generations ago given events so I suspect that is not the case.

Anyone else? There is always the potential for some unknown to pop up. Ed Kiely ran for City Controller some years ago and did ok considering his complete lack of a political base. Even in losing Ed may have had one of those butterfly like impacts on Pittsburgh's future. What am I talking about? anyone know who was Kiely's young campaign manager? (note that google does not help with this question).

but the controllers race is interesting for how it may interact with the mayor's race.. again depending on when it happens. There is the opportunity for some political horse trading with candidates trading their support for another candidate in exchange for mutual support in own. So in that sense, it will make a big difference when the mayor's race is.


Anonymous Anonymous said...

Ed Kiely's campaign manager was Bill Peduto.

Thursday, October 12, 2006 7:53:00 PM  
Blogger C. Briem said...

note to self: ask harder questions.

Friday, October 13, 2006 8:50:00 AM  

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