By Gilbert Garcia
For weeks, Queblog
assumed — or possibly hoped — that Sheila McNeil's flirtation with a
mayoral run was not serious; that it was either a trial balloon to set
up McNeil for a county or state race in the near future, or purely an
attention-seeking, ego-driven stunt.
Well, it remains
questionable how serious McNeil's candidacy is, but her mayoral bid can
at least be termed an official one, with the District 2 councilwoman
filing yesterday, just ahead of the deadline.
dubious rep in her own district, her controversial crusade to sell
Healy-Murphy Park, her trip to the Obama inauguration on the tab of SA
taxpayers, and her callous "let them pay for tollroads" jab at
northside residents, where is the demand for a McNeil candidacy?
presence in the race increases the possibility of a mayoral run-off,
but hardly makes it a sure thing. Her political baggage and extremely
late entry in the race make it hard to imagine McNeil drawing more than
5 percent of the vote, and that could easily leave Julian Castro with
more than 50 percent on May 9, particularly if Trish DeBerry-Mejia —
his most formidable rival — fails to make a surge in the next few
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