Please PG don’t hurt em
PG Sittenfeld will likely be the swing vote in the next council; he will also have his eyes on an office that requires Republican votes.
For the sake of the Democrats who sent him to council, he should resist the urge to form a governing coalition with the Republicans. That would mean he had been playing Democrats for the suckers we so frequently are.
The new council breakdown is:
- 4 GOP (Winburn, Murray, Flynn, Smitherman) whose platform was basically the same
- a mayor who ran on a platform identical to the GOP candidates
- 3 allied Dems (Young, Seelbach, Simpson)
- 1 new Dem who ran against the 3 allies
The natural governing coalition, then, is 4 GOP + Mann or 4 GOP + PG. (Let’s note that, in an electorate that went 77% for Obama, this is a totally unacceptable outcome which basically means the Democratic Party failed.)
- 1 incumbent Dem who has voted against the 3 allies
Also noteworthy is that PG is the strongest Democratic candidate for either Chabot’s seat or county commission.
It would be really great for PG’s career if he provided the decisive vote on killing the streetcar, raising the city’s retirement age, killing the city Planning Department, and cutting the city’s earning tax.
I’m asking him nicely to not do those things.
Instead, he can form a Democratic governing coalition (which is the whole point of political parties) with our Democratic mayor and do things that are broadly supported by most Democrats.
If this doesn't happen--if Cranley and PG side with the GOP caucus as Cranley has indicated he will do on the four items above--then PG will be part of a Republican governing coalition for the first time in decades.