"At the end of the day, the program is bigger than process."
... Mayor Ravenstahl, on the Pittsburgh Promise
"When all else fails, read the instructions. We are a nation of laws, not a nation of men."
... Councilman Shields, on the status of fourteen Acting City Directors
If you believe in vision of Mayor Luke Ravenstahl, and you want to work with him to achieve that vision, you should want Doug Shields to be our next City Council President.
The job is organizing the effective and timely processing of legislation. Doug Shields is the only candidate with the institutional knowledge, the experience and the temperament to do the job.
The Mayor's office has been pursuing initiatives with single-minded earnestness, eagerness and enthusiasm. Some would call that admirable. Others call it mad. We will simply call it youth.
Guide the agenda of Mayor Ravenstahl. Re-elect President Shields.
As we understand it (and only in that sense), this is how the vote count stands. It takes five votes to win the presidency. A result is expected very early in the week.
Motznik/Payne: Motznik, Payne, Deasy (3)
Shields: Shields, Peduto, Burgess, Kraus (4)
Undecided: Dowd, Harris (2)
There is always the possibility of a "compromise" candidate!
None of the three new City Councilmen are likely to emerge as candidates, because well we know why. Dan Deasy is running for office on the state level, and the coming legislative agenda is strenuous. Bill Peduto is a jive turkey.
This leaves Darlene Harris -- an idea that makes a lot of sense -- and would not be the worst of all possible worlds.
The thing is -- we're pretty sure Darlene's heart is already set on Doug Shields. If true, that would already be Ma-Jong.