*-UPDATE: The sense emerging today is that Smith could be it. Apparently even if support for Wheatley’s reelection was not enough to get it done, that combined with a spot on the URA board plus Finance Chair might be enough to earn Lavelle’s support on this. Dayvoe points out that a Smith + Lavelle ticket would have a combined eight months worth of legislative experience. Of course I’m still over here rooting for the Raiders, the Bengals and the Chiefs, so we’ll see.
*-DISCUSSION QUESTION: So would progressives return serve and rally behind Tonya Payne for state rep? Sue Kerr for example supported her for City Council. Besides isn’t Harrisburg filled with crooks?
Smith would presumably earn the support of Harris, thus improving Team Luke’s vote total to four (4): Smith, Harris, Dowd and Burgess. Plus apparently, state Rep. Jake Wheatley was present in council chambers as the veto was dropping on NYE — which might be taken as confirmation of the “Mayor dumping Payne to support Wheatley in exchange for Wheatley and Udin delivering Lavelle’s vote” storyline.
One should be able to deduce from the above comment that Dowd would never ever vote to empower the exact same coalition which only recently executed a sneak attack against the public and on their colleagues that utterly squelched all discussion over issues central and vital to city government.
In fairness to Dowd however, that was a good five months ago and words are just window-dressing.