One mayoral contestant from each land mass might not be such a pointless endeavor for challengers, suggests Joseph Sabino Mistick at the Trib.
That idea presupposes there are a large number of people in the south who would be excited to vote for Controller Michael Lamb, but absent that possibility will go ahead and vote for incumbent Mayor Luke Ravenstahl.
Hmmm. Possibly. Just another reason that if we don’t start seeing rich and publicly available polling data appearing by the early part of next year, I’m going to start vandalizing property.
He also writes:
Expect incumbent Ravenstahl to take credit for every good thing that has happened here since he became mayor. Couple this with blaming all the bad things on someone else and he has a pretty standard campaign strategy. (Trib, Joe Mistick)
But we are reminded today in an article lightly recapping Pennsyvlania Society festivities that this formulation leaves out the more-personally negative complement of any good strategy.
“Bill and I have been opponents now for six or seven years,” Mr. Ravenstahl said. “Since the day I walked into office he was running against me.” (P-G, Olson & Langley)
Expect a fair bit of this: “Peduto is a bitter and jealous man.” Again it’s been suggested that three challengers might make it harder for an incumbent to effectively go negative, but I don’t know. We have noticed zero PA Society recaps mentioning Lamb, nor in order to draw a contrast did Lamb appear conspicuously in the community over the weekend. We shall see.
Meanwhile, Brian O’Neill at the P-G finds the mayor “never gotten over [the lease] defeat” and more importantly, “chronically unable to get five votes for anything”.
It occurs to me. The only present Council member who was around back when Ravenstahl ascended is Bill Peduto. All the other names and faces have changed over the six years. Yet at each epoch in the archaeological record the Council has remained only halfway stocked with halfway, uncertain, situational Ravenstahl allies.
This mayor has made a lot of hay vilifying City Council. But at this late date, isn’t this more or less the Ravenstahl Council? Love them or hate them, isn’t this about the best Captain Ravenstahl has been able to manage?