The slow go for open season on council member Peter Steinbrueck’s open seat continues— but we have another taker.
No, not a fresh new face. This is one you’ll recognize. John Manning’s already been on the council, resigned, tried again— and lost. Hope does spring eternal in the promise of an open seat. But even the most dogged of political cats must eventually realize when their nine lives are up.
First elected in 1995, Manning stepped down after less than a year on the council amid allegations of domestic violence. He resurfaced in 2003 to run for the seat that was then held by Jim Compton, one of the infamous Strippergate Three. Compton, who many thought should be out on his head, still managed to beat Manning.
Forget about questions of character, the real question will be whether he can raise the cash, something he had a hard time doing, even against Compton.
The other question: Where’s the new blood? The fresh face? The critical mass that’s going to battle it out for the coveted open seat?