For Fans of a Third Party: How About the Franco Dok Harris Ticket?

Last year, Franco “Dok”* Harris, son of football legend Franco Harris (about whom I once wrote a book) ran for mayor of Pittsburgh. He ran under the Franco Dok Harris Party.

The incumbent mayor, Luke Ravenstahl (who is also very young, and who once made a move toward changing his name from Ravenstahl to Steelerstahl), ran on the Democratic and Republican tickets.

Harris has a fairly impressive resume to date:

“A North Side native, he graduated from Sewickley Academy in 1997 and Princeton University in 2001, getting a degree in politics. After working in banking in Washington D.C., he returned to Pittsburgh to enter the joint law-business degree program at the University of Pittsburgh and Carnegie Mellon’s Tepper School of Business. He graduated last year. Mr. Harris works for his family’s business, Super Bakery Inc.”

Still, he was utterly unseasoned. And running on a vanity third-party ticket – fourth-party, really, as there was also a legitimate Independent candidate for Pittsburgh mayor – you wouldn’t think he’d get many votes. But he did all right:

Here’s a look at Dok in campaign mode:

If Dok doesn’t stick with his father’s healthy-doughnut business, perhaps he has a legitimate political future, whether as a candidate or an organizer.

*The “Dok” comes from his mom’s maiden name, Dokmanovich.

Cash McDollar

You might say that he was Immaculately well Received by the voters of Pittsburgh.


Just finished your book on Franco Harris, so its a nice surprise to see Super Bakery still going


What's so impressive about his resume, beyond his famous name? He has a couple of name brand schools, but so what? I doubt he majored in mayoral studies. Beyond that a bank job and experience in a family business--a bakery no less. Nothing but nepotism is his selling point.

Cash McDollar

Um, What do you get for being Second Place in an election? ....Is there a Silver Medal and a cash prize?
If you were 15 th place in the 2008 Presidential Election losing to Obama, do you deserve a place in the Elite Pantheon?

Trying to gain on the rushing yardage of a famous father seems tenous at best. His father is too busy carrying a ball to carry a deadbeat son who ate too many doughnuts.

You won't get 100 yards rushing without risking fumbles.

Dok, I am Your Father.
A Long Time ago I built an Empire( of Doughnuts).
Use the Force, Luke (Ravenstahl)!

The Real Cash McDollar

Steve in Miami

The really shocking thing is that there were only 51,000 votes cast in a city with a population of 300,000!