Fattah continues to eye Mayoral runThis is a day old, but should be quickly noted. According to John Baer, Chaka Fattah sounds like he is running for Mayor. (And when John Baer says someone is running for something, it is a pretty good indication that its happening.)
From the column, Baer gives us a few indicators that sure make it seem likely that this is the case:
He has a list of 100 people he calls "public-spirited leaders" he's touching base with regarding a possible candidacy. Even though the election isn't until '07, he already has talked with 70.Fattah is the 800 pound gorilla, sitting out there. His ability to raise money, along with his own powerful machine in West Philly, and his ability to garner support from many middle-class whites means that, in effect, this whole race could be over before it even begins.
He has a list of 20 specific urban-policy items on crime and violence, education, housing, budgeting and more (he won't discuss details), the platform for a candidacy. Already.
And he's taken, for him, the unusual step of invoking national help in fund-raising. A letter went out a few weeks ago over the signature of former U.S. senator and vice presidential candidate John Edwards encouraging contributions to Fattah.
So when, near the end of a 90-minute interview in his Capitol Hill office, I say something like, "sounds to me like you're running" and he says, "I don't want to leave you with that impression," I say, "uh, sorry, too late."