The Mayoral Forum Dilemma: Which Group to Offend Tonight?
This morning, Citified highlighted an Inquirer story about a sparsely attended (by the candidates) mayoral forum centered on the question of poverty and hosted by Sister Mary Scullion, of Project Home.
Scullion was angered by the lack of candidates at Project HOME’s event, which was attended by about 400 people. The Inquirer wrote:
“There’s a huge turnout here today,” she said, as people hooted, “and it’s very disappointing that at the beginning of this forum, there are just two candidates here.”
Thank U Old School 100.3 Boom 107.9 Praise 103.9 for having us at the forum on the State of Black Men #NextMayorPHL pic.twitter.com/Vu9ptitgD4
— Anthony H. Williams (@JoinTeamTony) May 8, 2015
The candidates’ general willingness to attend as many of them as humanly possible has created an impression among event organizers that any no-show is an insult. There are a lot of organizations in this city, and a lot of constituencies worthy of the candidates’ time. Sometimes — a lot of times, actually — those organizations don’t coordinate event schedules.
Most of the time, the absence of a candidate isn’t an insult. It’s a matter of physics: one candidate, one place, at one time.