The 2012 election season is in full swing, but that isn’t stopping some members of the media from looking two years down the line at San Jose’s 2014 mayoral race.
The San Jose Mercury News’ John Woolfolk took an interesting angle in a recent article by detailing the complex and sometimes turbulent relationship between Mayor Chuck Reed and Dave Cortese, San Jose’s former vice mayor and a current county supervisor.
The headline calls the two men “San Jose’s political odd couple,” which is punctuated by an odd photo choice of the two wearing traditional Veitnamese outfits.
The article’s main focus is how Reed has made enemies out of labor in recent years, while Cortese is more “ideologically ambiguous,” which The Daily Fetch dryly noted “is a great first step in running for Mayor.”
The best part of the article comes near the end, though, when both men diagnose each other’s political swagger.
“The interesting thing about Chuck is what you see is what you get,” Cortese told the Merc. “That creates a liability factor for a public figure like me. He’s a thoroughly black-and-white person on issues who doesn’t like to operate in gray areas. He has a harder time figuring me out because I’m willing to play in that gray area until I feel I arrive in that final position.”
Reed rarely puts forth the effort to “play” in the gray fog of unsure alliances, and you can almost see the faint smirk on the mayor’s face with the following quote, which Woolfolk used as a retort. “As long as I’ve known him,” Reed said, “he’s always had difficulty saying no to public employee unions.”