When word first reached me that former State Rep. Jim Moeller was planning to get back into the game, “Godfather III” popped into my mind.
Look, Moeller is about as far away as you can get from a cunning, retired Mafia boss but the line — that line — the one when a tortured Michael Corleone laments his lot in life and growls…
“Just when I thought I was out, they pull me back in.”
But Moeller was quick to correct me. There was no “they.” There was only him.
“Nobody else wanted me to run,” he said demurely.
“Nobody else?” I asked.
“Nobody else wanted me to run,” he repeated.
Let that swirl around your brain for a minute. Nobody. Moeller has been a great friend and supporter of all things liberal, including the very powerful public employee unions. That side of the community base owes him plenty and they know it. But here is Moeller, proclaiming his traditional support base is … eroding.
So there he is. A 63-year-old seasoned Democratic politician out on this limb. On his own. He faces the prospect of running for the District 1 county council seat against another seasoned politician, 71-year old Republican Jeanne Stewart, the incumbent.