Tuesday, February 06, 2007

Politico Article on Congressmen Running for Mayor

Politico's David Mark has an interesting article, "In Mayor's Races Capitol Hill Often Doesn't Lead to City Hall," on the historically poor showing of Congressmen running for mayor. With two Congressmen in the Philadelphia mayoral race, this might be of interest. Here's an excerpt:

Most others [other than NYC's Koch] haven't succeeded. [John] Conyers -- now the House Judiciary Committee chairman -- lost his 1989 and 1993 mayoral bids in Detroit. Rep. Bobby L. Rush, D-Ill., got crushed when he ran for mayor of Chicago in 1999. Congressman Anthony D. Weiner, D-N.Y., didn't make it out of his party's primary when he sought to challenge New York City's Republican mayor, Michael Bloomberg, in 2005. And Rep. Xavier Becerra, D-Calif., came in near the back of the primary pack when he ran for mayor of Los Angeles in 2001.

Food for thought.

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