Wednesday, June 27, 2007

DeSantis's Chanceses

Comet senior political analyst Morton Reichbaum differs sharply from local pundit Bill Green (James O'Toole, P-G) concerning the outlook for Republican mayoral candidate Mark DeSantis.

"I think this DeSantis is going to give your ... your Ravenstahl a run for his money," he assures us. "It's not going to be a walk-in, or you know, a shoo-in."

Unlike previous scandals weathered by this fledgling administration, he believes that the promotions of three "no-goodniks" in the police department will leave a lasting impression with many voters.

Yet a reversal at this point would also entail political risks. "The unions would really give him hell over that," he speculated.

Sure enough, this item appears in a story by the P-G's Lord and Silver:

Any reversal, or change in procedure, would prompt the Fraternal Order of Police to "file every kind of an action I could to stop him from tampering with state civil service law," said union President James Malloy.

The mayor is "getting pressure, probably from women's groups, and now he wants to crawfish and go back the other way," he said. "That's a sign of immaturity."

How the mayor attempts to resolve this Catch 22 -- whose opposition would he rather endure -- may be construed as his first tough campaign decision of the general election.


  1. Let's see ..... A choice between pissing off NOW and progressives (who are mostly Peduto Heads anyway) or police, unions of all stripes including firefighters, friends/families of unions?

    Its not even close. He has to settle down on Malloy's side.

    I think he just thought he could tap dance his way into placating everyone by promising "future" rule changes. You know, kinda like he's gonna give the Hill folks a seat at the arena development table at some "future" time.

  2. I agree with Char, but there will be some token "dancing" with the NOW and progressive side of the issue, too. Ultimately, it will come out something like, "Gee, these promotion rules really suck, and they should never have promoted bad men like this. But what's done is done, and I just don't have the power to undo it now. So as much as I hate it, I have to accept it. And I'll change the rules so that it never happens again."