A while back, we offered some unsolicited advice to Ralph Becker: Don't be mushy. Our capital city needs a mayor who won't kowtow to our state legislature, even when there may be negative consequences. (The Beehive motto: "Legislate and retaliate.") VOU2's concern was that Becker was so used to being browbeaten in the legislature that he would just "roll over" for them.
We're not worried about that any more. Becker may not be Rocky Balboa, but with him we only fear that he will be too conciliatory toward the legislature. With Buhler, it's a certainty. He has essentially said as much by touting his success in getting bills through as a legislator, and slamming Becker's alleged lack thereof. What Buhler may not realize is just how skeptical voters are toward our legislature these days. For example, one friend's wife -- a diehard Republican and straight-ticket GOP voter -- is "so mad" at our legislature that she said she is considering voting for a Democrat for the first time in her life.
By touting his ability to gladhand with his legislative pals, rather than reassuring us that he can and will buck them when needed, Buhler has sealed the deal for us. Go Ralph!