"If you don't know by now whether you're serious as a candidate, you're never going to know," Mr. Burns [sic] said yesterday. (P-G, Timothy McNulty)
What if you're serious as a candidate, but not interested in the endorsement?
For those of you just joining us, Jim Burn is the Democratic representative for County Council District 3. He enjoys the further distinction of presently being Chairman of the Allegheny County Democratic Committee.
We caught up with Mr. Burn shortly before the public hearing on an Allegheny County anti-discrimination ordinance. Jim was among those lawmakers who had co-sponsored the legislation. He remained on board as the proposal aroused opposition, even though others withdrew their sponsorship.
I asked whether he thought if those who withdrew sponsorship are still going to vote yes. Burn said that was his impression.
I jotted down some hasty notes:
"I think that equal protection is a fundamental right. I think the intent of this ordinance is to encourage that."
"I think there are specific provisions in this ordinance that are causing concerns among some specific groups."
The impression with which Burn left us was one of the current legislation being overlanguaged -- a word we once learned in relation to the first draft of a city billboard moratorium.