Harry Deitz is editor of the Reading Eagle, and you're not.
That is a fact.
Here is another fact. Harry is just brimming with perspicacity and savvy and political wonder today. In his weekly column, he shares his very important insight into what is happening in local politics, sandwiched around a plea to vote (bad pun: "May 19 should be a primary concern"— get it!) and a plug for his book, which collects many of his excellent columns in softback form.
Here's the key excerpt from today's Harry wisdom:
I've heard talk about polls that have shown [Wally] Scott as the heavy favorite. One reputable source shared figures from a poll conducted in late January that had Scott with 48 percent of the vote, [Vaughn] Spencer with 14 and [Tim] Daley with 7. The sampling was 342 potential voters.
Anybody who knows beans about politics knows that polls conducted in January offer a vital snapshot of precisely how voters are thinking in the first week in May. It does not even matter who conducted the poll as long as Harry has "heard talk about" it and there is one source whom the editor deems reputable.
Shut up and read on:
I've also heard reports of the core support for those candidates:
- Spencer has the support of unions.
- Daley has the support of some people outside the city.
- Scott has the support of many minorities.
This is big news (though maybe not big enough to report back in January when the poll was taken). Once the editor has "heard reports" nobody need ask where such reports came from.
After all, Harry Deitz is editor of the Reading Eagle, and you're not.