How does any would-be mayoral challenger compete with this? The photo above immortalizes Pittsburgh Mayor Luke Ravenstahl's ascendance into a still higher sphere of reflected celebrity glory. This shot of his honor flashing a sign with rap superstar Snoop Dogg is from Snoop's own Flickr stream -- snapped at Snoop Dogg's exclusive post-game Super Bowl victory party in Tampa. Super Steelers were there, partying too. (The photo also appears on Snoop Dogg's website.)
Many of the 350,000 Steelers fans who packed downtown for Tuesday's victory parade have their own photo documentation of the mayor nestling close to celebrity.
It's been an exciting run for the mayor, from his busy calendar in Tampa to a big splash in Sports Illustrated.
Is it any wonder, then, that Council President Doug Shields (photos with Pittsburgh's own Jeff Goldblum notwithstanding), decided that presiding in Council Chamber is his current calling, and not the Mayor's office?
At last word, Councilman Patrick Dowd was still considering a run for mayor. As I write this, he wasn't answering his cell phone or voice mail to provide an update.
You can click the play button below to hear a bit of what Dowd was saying 28 days ago about challenging Ravenstahl. Of course, a lot can change in 28 days.