Auditor General Jack Wagner says he is still thinking about the Pittsburgh's mayor's race, and, in response to a question, said he would not rule out running as an independent in the general election, rather than competing for the Democratic nomination in the primary.
It's hard to know for certain at this stage, but his acknowledgement of the possibility of an independent run didn't sound like a deliberate trial balloon.
The Democrat, who is two weeks away from leaving his current post, said his chief focus in considering the race would be the primary, noting that he has always run as a Democrat in the past. If he were to run as an independent, Mr. Wagner would have to officially change his party registration before April 22.
The former Pittsburgh councilman and state senator talked about the Pittsburgh race after a news conference Friday called to highlight his concern about the potential privatization of the state lottery.
So far, Councilman Bill Peduto has officially announced his challenge to Mayor Luke Ravenstahl, while the mayor, and city Controller Michael Lamb have said they plan to run and will formally launch their candidacies in the coming weeks.