Friday, December 01, 2006

A Pittsburgher for President?

In March 2005, during my brief stint as a local Congressional staffer, I attended a breakfast gathering of the Pittsburgh chapter of the American Institute of Architects. The chapter's speaker that morning was Governor Tom Vilsack of Iowa, a native of Pittsburgh who grew up in Squirrel Hill. In his remarks, Governor Vilsack came off as friendly and very knowledgeable about sustainable economic development and smart growth.

Today, Governor Vilsack announced he will be a candidate in 2008 for the Democratic nomination for President of the United States.

Not that I expect many Democrats to take this Republican's advice on who should be their nominee for President -- but I think they would do well to give consideration to this native son of Western Pennsylvania.

1 comment:

TomBaker said...

Good post, PS. Gov. Vilsack seems like a centrist and a likeable candidate. The Democratic Party would be well served by him. Plus, I am probably a little biased because he is from Squirrel Hill!

After all the hooplah is over I truly think someone like Edwards or Bayh (or maybe even Vilsack) will be the D nominee, not Clinton or Obama.