City Paperer Chris Potter reviews the Acklin-Harris signature challenge to gauge what "these petitions say about the candidates," and concludes that (1) Kevin Acklin has the more sophisticated campaign and (2) Dok Harris' "real problem" is that he lacks a strong grassroots campaign.
In other words, the guy who lost won, and the guy who won lost. Or something like that.
Here's Harris' real problem, and it is Acklin's real problem, too: Neither Acklin nor Harris is going to win unless . . . well, I was going to write 'unless Ravenstahl gets indicted before the election' (a 12-1 shot, as the Propositions Board indicates at the far right column), but I suspect Ravenstahl could beat these two even if indicted.
The only chance Acklin or Harris has to win this election involves a debilitating scandal afflicting the incumbent, one so severe it can penetrate the yinzer cortex. Acklin would have been much smarter, in my judgment, to direct his resources toward identifying Ravenstahl wrongdoing, but instead he chose to hire lawyers to scrutinize the penmanship of voters who signed Harris' petitions. That does not strike me as the work of a sophisticated political operation.