The Comet has been increasingly clear about the mayor's race for some time. We would prefer that you vote for Mark DeSantis.
The DeSantis campaign recently announced it had raised $300,000; a princely sum in these parts for any respectable underdog.
That should be the end of it.
Mark DeSantis already possesses at his disposal the tools to make a winning run. He should already have budgeted for it, which considering he is who he is, he no doubt already has.
But let's be frank. He's the underdog. Who knows where his leftover campaign cash would wind up if he loses?
Seriously. Who knows?
Look, we've all got to get our arms around this alleged Santorum contribution.
We are guessing Mark did not donate five figures. We are guessing he did not exactly go to war for the guy.
We are guessing that he, like so many Pittsburghers, felt expected to make an appearance, hold his nose, and write a check. His oldest friends were there, and he's an important figure.
The man worked not only for Senator Heinz, but for Bush 41. For years.
41 was the one who knew how to organize the nations of the world, win a war, and get the hell out of there.
41 was the one that knew enough to raise the revenue necessary to keep government functioning, even if it was politically unpopular in his party.
Whatever. The point is, it's okay for him to make a token contribution to Slick Rick if that's what he feels -- but not for us. The tale underscores our assertion that we really don't know where DeSantis funds will go in the event of a loss. State races could be affected. National races could be affected.
Popular challenger Mark DeSantis will require a hearty last-minute push to get this boulder over the top of the mountain, no question. Cash always helps, and more is always better than less.
He should look to the apparatus of the state and national GOP. It is long past overdue for them to come through for one of their newest, most promising leaders -- one that may even restore their party to the beginnings of dignity.