It's been rumored that Joe King, head of the Firefighter's Union, will run for Mayor as an Independent.
That would be disastrous for the vast majority of the public, who are not city workers.
King is a "union only" type of guy. Which is good for his job. It's a terrible possibility for the city, as 98% of the population is not of a "special interest group." A list of the highest paid city employees recently printed in the Pittsburgh Business Times (I've heard that it was in the P-G as well) is flush with Firefighter hierarchy. Some argue that that's one of the reasons why the city's in its current financial mess.
Belt tightening, making "tough" decisions and making innovative initiatives (and having the wherewithal to pull it off) is the key to this race. I have opinions on the current field of candidates, but that's for another blog rant. However, Mr. King, while an excellent representative for his union (if the union wants him to continue in that role, that's where he's best served), has not publicly exhibited the ability to take "shots to the gut" with much aplomb.
And the next Mayor of Pittsburgh will certainly be taking shots to areas of the body lower than the waistline for many years to come.
Tuesday, April 26, 2005
FF Union's Joe King for Mayor?
This is Tom's posting / editorial.