Corey O'Connor, a 26-year-old with a middling education and thin resume, has announced that he considers himself prepared to help solve InsolvenCity's massive problems as a member of council.
Chelsa Wagner, a 33-year-old with a good education and promising resume, has declared her candidacy for county controller.
Mark Patrick Flaherty, after two terms as county controller marked most consequentially by plastering his name on every gas pump in sight, seeks election as Allegheny County's executive.
Adam Ravenstahl, a 26-year-old with a middling education and risible resume, was elected to represent northernmost InsolvenCity in the Pennsylvania General Assembly.
The common attribute among these candidates is a politically prominent surname, a point that reliably trumps genuine qualifications among local voters.
The obvious question, given the condition in which public service from the Flahertys, Wagners, Ravenstahls, and O'Connors (and let us not overlook the Costas) has placed InsolvenCity and the greater Pittsburgh region: Why?
The obvious answer: Where most observers would see a swirl around a toilet bowl, some Pittsburghers see the makings of a victory lap.
Infinonytune: My Father's House, Bruce Springsteen