Oh, man. It begins. And we dive right in...
[City Controller Michael Lamb] contrasted [his own] record with those of "an absentee mayor and a councilman who talks a lot but hasn't accomplished much." (P-G, James O'Toole)
As you know, we live in a "strong mayor" form of government. If a mayor does not desire his perceived rivals to enact and implement any accomplishments, chances are excellent those rivals are going to show few concrete accomplishments.
Even still, "hasn't accomplished much" may play directly into Bill Peduto's strengths vis-a-vis Lamb. Peduto has a very long paper trail in the legislative branch. That is a potential vulnerability against Ravenstahl, as the much-maligned incumbent seeks to reverse criticism by picking out relatively obscure anecdotes suggesting hypocrisy. But against Lamb in terms of accomplishments, some of those bills Peduto wrote and sponsored actually passed!
The campaign finance reforms Lamb is presently laboring under with his colleagues, for example. Both stormwater regulations and prevailing wage regulations for public developments. Various developments in and of themselves within the thriving Council district he tends.
*-UPDATE: In fact, just as Lamb was talking about lack of accomplishment, Peduto was moving forward a bill that could raise $2 million annually for the City without raising taxes or fees.
As Controller, Lamb's fiscal and performance audits -- several of which we will begin showcasing in the coming weeks, so watch for the gutsy Fire Bureau audit soon -- are professional, thorough, easy to understand and very sound. Shame on the Mayor's office for six weeks for not heeding that guidance often enough -- but they are not "accomplishments". When you read those audits out loud, it is suspiciously indistinguishable from "a lot of talk".
Hey, man. Sorry. My hand has been forced. I'm not the one who violated the Yinzer Eleventh Commandment.
Louis "Hop" Kendrick's assertion poses a difficult question. How are we to determine base size? The number of people attending campaign events? Social media likes and follows? Fund raising? 2005 elections results?
"you would have to be insane" not to vote for Luke Ravenstahl.
Here is Michael Lamb's campaign website, Facebook page and Twitter account. Read up. Share what you think. Stay tuned.