Wednesday, January 18, 2006

In other hot races

No news in the Senatorial realm, but much speculation on the Philadelphia mayoral front, with the Phila Weekly featuring a run-down of what is known about the frontrunners and some speculations that a lot of the important moves in the race will happen this year. With things so far ahead of the usual curve, there may actually be time to discuss issues and proposals, rather than just insider connections and fund-raising success.
U.S. Congressman Chaka Fattah has been threatening for some time to start unveiling policy initiatives this year. Former city controller Jonathan Saidel is releasing a revised version of his book Philadelphia: A New Urban Direction, which figures to be full of policies Saidel would enact if elected. And then there's City Councilman Michael Nutter and state Rep. Dwight Evans, both of whom propose new legislation about as often as a body drops on The Sopranos.
They also have photos here. Doc looks possessed, but where did Saidel get that uber-geek haircut?? Altogether a good summary of where things stand and a reference scorecard for the next 18 months.


Anonymous Anonymous said...

The author of that piece should mention that Dan Fee, Larry Ceisler, and Ken Snyder are all paid political/media consultants for three of the protential mayoral candidates - Fee is with Saidel, Ceisler with Dougherty, and Snyder with Evans.

2:07 PM  
Blogger ACM said...

I guess I don't understand your complaint -- none of those guys wrote this article, e.g., so there's no disclosure issue. Or are you somehow upset that Trippi was mentioned and the other consultants left out? Hardly a crime; the name recognition difference is substantial. It's a bit early to worry about whether all details are included for all folks; some detail at this point seems helpful.

Apologies if I misunderstood your point.

2:12 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

My point is, these guys are quoted saying nice things about their employers without that relevant fact being disclosed. Maybe disclosure is the wrong terminology, but the author of the piece should have included it.

2:50 PM  
Blogger ACM said...

good point -- I didn't look closely enough. just calling them "consultants" as though they're not aligned is misleading; if they're commenting on a competitor's campaign (or their own boss), the reader should know. presumably the author called these guys because they're in the midst of things, so he should know that they're not random commenters, even if only giving a sound bite. thanks for the catch.

2:56 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

The Weekly has done this before; in this article about Councilman Nutter - - they have a quote by Frank Keel (formerly indicted City Councilman Mariano's mouthpiece and John Dougherty's current spokesman) talking smack about Nutter, with no mention of the fact that he is aligned with - by virtue of his paycheck - John Dougherty.

3:16 PM  

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