Monday, April 30, 2007

The Race for Sheriff

A P-G article by Gabrielle Banks reads as well-nigh an endorsement of acting Sheriff Mullen, in the three-way primary for Sheriff of Allegheny County.

Anthony Costa: PROS - Wants to review overtime violations, pursue a less hostile work environment. CONS - Named Costa.

Damon J. Brown: PROS - African-American with international military experience as a police trainer, describes self as "humanitarian." CONS - Yucky allegations of domestic violence.

William P. Mullen: PROS - Wants to restore honor and dignity to the sheriff's office. CONS - Hand-picked by predecessor, who wears ankle-bracelet as a condition of house-arrest.


  1. Mullen was hand-picked by Moffatt in anticipation of merger of the Sheriff and County Police offices - Moffatt would be the supreme ruler and Mullen would be his deputy. DeFazio really shouldn't be credited w/the choice of Mullen.

    Mullen really is a smart, hard-working and all around good guy who has dedicated his life to law enforcement - for the right reasons.

    Brown is a disaster.

    Costa is, well, a Costa.

  2. I didn't catch the race of the first and third candidates. Oh that must not matter becuase they aren't black.

  3. We catch your drift, Anonymous of 1:42, and we usually have some distaste for identity politics ourselves, but in this circumstance we make an exception.

    We believe that relations between law enforcement and african-americans in our region are so utterly jacked up, that all things being equal (and they rarely are), having a black sheriff in town would definately be a good thing.

    If we had wanted to emphasize this point, instead of The Good the Bad and the Ugly, we might have appropriated a graphic from Blazing Saddles -- but that might truly have been in poor taste.