Former Philly Surgeon Is Now the Mayor of Rome

The Inquirer reports:

Ignazio Marino won 64 percent of the votes in the Italian capital’s mayoral race. He resectioned Rome’s ties to incumbent Mayor Gianni Alemanno, promising to suture the Eternal City with a more transparent government.

Marino, 58, worked extensively in Philadelphia before his foray into politics. From 2002 to 2006, he did nearly 200 organ transplants at Thomas Jefferson University Hospital. In his last year, he headed the transplant division.

“I will certainly do my best to ‘heal’ the ill side of Rome,” Marino e-mailed.

Makes sense. From what we know of Italian politics, it’s actually a pretty handy skill to be able to cut your opponent’s heart out.