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Most recently, I wrote...

"I'm running for mayor"

"I'm running for mayor." For too many Philadelphians, those words seem to be harder to say than "I'm sorry," "I love you," or "Ruben Amaro, you're fired."  With Mayor Nutter unable to run for re-election, the job of Philadelphia's chief executive will soon be open but based on the collective reluctance to utter the words, "I’m running for mayor," it seems like nobody is actually interested in the job.

Of course, that's a bit of a stretch.  There are a great many who would love the job, but it seems that telling us that they actually want the job presents a problem for them.  As of today, only one individual has stepped forward to throw a hat in the ring even though many others have been maneuvering toward the mayor’s office for months and years. 

For a job requiring a big ego, why are so many so shy about telling us they want it?

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