Monday, March 05, 2007


I suppose it's impossible not to have a few passing comments on the endorsement vote yesterday. Here are a few thoughts beyond what the papers have gotten into.

On Allegheny County council the number of incumbents who lost the endorsement vote is interesting in lots of ways. There are not many legislative bodies in the US that don't have high retention rates.. but for District 13 where Brenda Frazier lost the endorsement, there are some implications beyond the obvious. When Allegheny County Council was first districted there was only one packed majority-minority district. That a 2nd African American was elected was the result of a very broken field in that first race. If the endorsement vote is indicative of a unified opposition to her in the primary, she will have a tough fight for re-election. If she loses, the 15-member county council will have only one minority member. Just something to think about.

The city controller's race seems to put to rest the idea that everything is being driven by the coattails of the late B.O. If that were true, Doug Shields would have had a much better showing, at least within the ACDC. That he didn't even come in 2nd says there is a lot more going on.

Which gets to the mayor's race. For that I will just pass on these comments by Pittsburgh Guy which has to be the most expansive explanation actually written out (ever?) of the sentiments within the AC Democratic committee. Since this person is a) a blogger b) relatively young by Pittsburgh voter standards, and c) an east ender I would guess (just a guess, I could be wrong) you would think he was a potential BP supporter.


Blogger Pittsburgh Guy said...

Sorry, I'm not that young as clearly established by the daily AARP e-mails that I have been getting lately. You are correct on the East Ender, I am a 14th Ward Committeeman. I did have the potential to support BP and politically agree with most of his ideas. My latest blog entry may explain how BP's recent campaign efforts have made an impression on me. Keep up the good work. Reading your blog sure beats watching a another CSI episode, at least until they have CSI McKeesport

Friday, March 09, 2007 8:25:00 PM  
Blogger C. Briem said...

I said young relative to the average primary voter… I take you have at least a decade or two to go before you even reach the median age of your average voter this May.

Thanks for the note.. am planning a bike trip myself to DC this summer.. We’ll see.

Saturday, March 10, 2007 7:45:00 AM  

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