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Oh Sheila

By Gilbert Garcia

For weeks, Queblog assumed â?? or possibly hoped â?? that Sheila McNeil's flirtation with a mayoral run was not serious; that it was either a trial balloon to set up McNeil for a county or state race in the near future, or purely an attention-seeking, ego-driven stunt.

Well, it remains questionable how serious McNeil's candidacy is, but her mayoral bid can at least be termed an official one, with the District 2 councilwoman filing yesterday, just ahead of the deadline.

Given McNeil's dubious rep in her own district, her controversial crusade to sell Healy-Murphy Park, her trip to the Obama inauguration on the tab of SA taxpayers, and her callous "let them pay for tollroads" jab at northside residents, where is the demand for a McNeil candidacy?

McNeil's presence in the race increases the possibility of a mayoral run-off, but hardly makes it a sure thing. Her political baggage and extremely late entry in the race make it hard to imagine McNeil drawing more than 5 percent of the vote, and that could easily leave Julian Castro with more than 50 percent on May 9, particularly if Trish DeBerry-Mejia â?? his most formidable rival â?? fails to make a surge in the next few weeks.

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