Comment 77875

By RenaissanceWatcher (registered) | Posted June 02, 2012 at 13:01:57

The announcement of Mayor Bratina’s new blog comes on the heels of his recent hints that he will run for re-election in 2014:

Perhaps he senses a mayoralty challenge from former mayor Larry DiIanni in 2014.

A day after placing second in the 2010 mayoralty election, Mr. DiIanni said to Emma Reilly of The Hamilton Spectator, “I think I’ve run my political course. There’s no question about that.”

But a short while later, Mr. DiIanni began fashioning himself into a local media personality, perhaps borrowing a page from Mayor Bratina and Jason Farr, now the Ward 2 Councillor, who used their media presence and influence to help them win their municipal offices in 2010. DiIanni became the host of three Cable 14 television programs: For The Record, Hamilton Talks, and The O-Show. He is also a frequent participant on the Twitter sites of Joey Coleman and Hamilton Spectator reporter Emma Reilly.

On the April 5, 2012 edition of Hamilton Talks, at the end of a 24 minute interview with Matt Jelly, DiIanni asked Jelly whether he would run for political office again. Jelly replied ‘Maybe, I don’t know. I don’t know two years down the line or two and a half. Are you?” Di Ianni responded with “That’s a good political answer. I’d answer your question but we’re out of time.”

While it is unlikely that either Bratina or DiIanni will make any official declarations one way or the other until about two months before the 2014 mayoral election, the clouds seem to be forming for a Bratina vs. DiIanni rematch.

Comment edited by RenaissanceWatcher on 2012-06-02 13:14:11

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