I'm on vacation this week. That — combined with last week's holiday — has meant a break from blogging. Here's a quick update, though: State Representative Chelsa Wagner has announced that she's not running for Mayor of Pittsburgh.
The Post-Gazette's headline: "State Rep. Wagner says she won't run for mayor ".
The Trib's headline goes a step further with "Chelsa Wagner not interested in mayor's office", which may overstate the case.
Wagner's statement twice uses the phrase:
"not run for Mayor at this time" [emphasis added].
The Burgh Report has posted a link to the entire text.
As I write, there's no reaction yet from the anonymous Draft Chelsa Wagner fan blog.
When former President Clinton came to town for Mayor Ravenstahl's political fundraiser last week, I called Representative Wagner, Council President Doug Shields, and Councilman Bill Peduto for updates on the field of potential challengers to Ravenstahl.
My note to our newsroom from last Wednesday:
-Chelsa Wagner has not decided if she'll run. May decide over this coming weekend and tell us her decision next week.
-Doug Shields: hasn't decided yet. Flattered that some people have asked.
-Peduto: not running for mayor. Will run again for his council seat.
Today's Post-Gazette story closes with this update:
"Council President Doug Shields has said he's not currently in a position to make a run."
You'll recall this past summer Mayor Ravenstahl himself declared a Shields candidacy.