Councilman Randy Purvis continues to offer an interesting perspective on the mayor’s race.
A week ago, he blogged about the four candidates who are reportedly leading in polling.
Richard Skorman is the status quo candidate, Purvis says.
“He is the least likely to rock the boat or to make big changes in city government,” he wrote. “He is quietly amassing a large cash stockpile to prepare for the run-off campaign.”
Brian Bahr is the most difficult candidate to get a read on, he says.
“I still wonder whether he has a complete grasp of the issues or comprehends the nuances of them,” he wrote. “I expect him to be in the runoff with Skorman; so perhaps we will learn more in April about his depth of understanding.”
Steve Bach is the establishment candidate, he says.
“I just do not see in him the ability to establish a rapport with the voter,” he wrote. “This is a fundamental requirement for any political leader, how can one be a leader if there is nobody following?”
Tom Gallagher is the wild card, he says.
“I recall the first time I saw Gallagher in action,” he wrote.
“It was during the 2003 council campaign and all the candidates were at a forum out on Murray Blvd. The hot issue that year was whether Constitution should be an east-west thoroughfare. Gallagher was there, slightly overweight, smoking a cigarette, somewhat disheveled in his dress. And yet when he spoke that day he had the audience in the palm of his hand. He demonstrated that day and has ever since the ability to connect with the voter,” Purvis wrote.
“With a little bit of money and someone with media savvy, Gallagher would be a dangerous candidate.”