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Anybody but Dawida

There are reports that Mike Dawida is conducting polling and is considering a run for city controller in the May primary.

When I first heard this, I thought it was some sort of joke. It's my suspicion that Dawida is floating the rumor because he likes to see his name in the paper.

After his dreadful term as county commissioner, it's doubtful that Dawida could muster enough support to be elected to captain of his blockwatch. We've had enough of Dawida. He should just go away and leave us alone. The voters are much too smart to seriously consider him for elective office again.
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10 Comments:

At 9:32 PM, Anonymous Matt H said...

Go Doug Shields!

 
At 9:59 AM, Blogger PittsburghJack said...

I think Shields is making a mistake in running for both the controller post and his council seat.

 
At 11:08 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

SHields will lose them both.

 
At 11:13 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Here we go ... Lamb's lemmings are hitting the blogs again.

 
At 11:13 AM, Anonymous Pilsner said...

yep.

 
At 9:58 PM, Anonymous Matt H said...

Why is it such a mistake?

Peduto ran for Mayor and Council in 05'

 
At 11:54 PM, Blogger PittsburghJack said...

Matt H said...
Why is it such a mistake?

Peduto ran for Mayor and Council in 05'

Yeah -- but he lost the mayoral race. It's my opinion that a candidate, when running for his current seat and another, is sometimes not taken as serious. I think some see it as like he's taking a shot, but if it doesn't work out, he always has his old job to fall back on. Others may see it as a person taking full advantage of or monopolizing the system for their personal benefit. I think there are a segment of voters who won't vote for a candidate in such a situation for either seat. Of course, you also genuinely run the risk of losing both seats - especially if there is a strong challenger that comes forward for your original seat. Whether of not it's true, that challenger now has some automatic ammunition to use against the candidate -- that his true interests lie in other ambitions and not serving full-time in their current capacity, etc. It boils down to a dedication thing. If I were advising a campaign, it would be my recommendation that the candidate not run for two seats simultaneously. Of course, this is not a hard and steadfast rule. In Peduto's case last year, I think he was wise in not resigning his council seat when he ran for mayor, as he was considered a longshot candidate to the extremely popular O'Connor -- anybody would have been actually. It was just Bob's election and everybody knew it. It worked well in Peduto's favor, though, as he became much better known citywide than he was before and that was the true intent there. He was posturing himself for another run -- albeit not so soon and under the circumstances that precipitated it. In the controller's race, there isn't a real strong favorite yet. All of the announced candidates could conceivably win it, at least at this point in time. That will change as the campaign progresses of course. With a field like we have, I certainly would not bet against him, but I do think that running for both seats will take a bit away from Doug's chances.

 
At 10:50 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

I think you will find that the polls will tell you otherwise. At least Dawida has business developement experience, and the ability to be honest. He is 18 wins & 2 losses at the polls and he was beat by Mr. Wecht when he was on TV telling everyone that Jon Bennett's parents killed her & brought Johnny Cochran in to support it. I would think by now that someone would be able to find a skeleton in Dawida's closet

 
At 12:00 AM, Blogger PittsburghJack said...

First off, there wasn't a real poll conducted. It is my understanding that Dawida's people (there are probably a couple of them left) made phone calls to supervoters. Assuming these calls were even placed, what probably was gauged was name recognition - not support for the city controller's race. Dawida would NEVER show that kind of a lead in an actual poll. Sure he has great name recognition, but the recognition is not good. He is not liked nor trusted by the voters -- especially the supervoters, who tend to have a better perception of lay of the politiical land.

 
At 8:04 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Hear. Hear. Here. Here! Hear!

 

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