P-G Early Returns is reporting that several women's organizations, far from placated by talk of new procedures within the Police Bureau, are committed to raising the volume against the recent promotions.
Karen Myers of the Executive Women's Council is among them:
"The greater issue is not three policemen," she said. Rather it is "high-level officials of this government [who] believe their hands are tied. That's ridiculous. Well, untie your own hands" with legislation changing the rules that allowed the promotions.
That quote dovetails nicely with recent observations by Comet senior political analyst Morton Reichbaum.
He describes a Mayor that is "easily intimidated" and "scared of pissing people off -- people who've been in city government longer than he has."
Morton also categorizes Luke's statements in the media as "pretty funny already," and he continues to insist that challenger Mark DeSantis is "really going to make this a race."
However, when asked directly whom he would support in the general election, Mr. Reichbaum shrugged and said, "I don't know, I guess Luke. What choice do I have?"
We asked if he had ever in his life voted for a Republican.
"Once," he answered. "Reagan's first term."
Contrary to the the popular mythology, he does not remember being seduced by the Great Communicator's swaggering, cowboy optimism. Rather, it was all about dissatisfaction with the incumbent.
"I couldn't stand Jimmy Carter!" he said. "He didn't do anything at all. He did absolutely nothing."
By the time Mayor Ravenstahl stands for election in November, he will have been in office for one year and two months.