While some count the number of times a candidate misses one of the myriad forums across the city, we're counting how many times candidates miss their chance to comment for the weekly Primary Concerns feature in the paper.
So far, Bob Brady has been the only candidate not to respond to the four or five weekly questions we've been throwing at the candidates for the past seven weeks. In fact, he's missed three questions: SEPTA, casinos and ethics.
We understand the candidates are busy and three have serious day jobs representing the people; we only ask for 10 minutes or so (usually less) to connect with hundreds of thousands of Metro readers.
Brady campaign spokesperson Kate Philips has always offered to speak in his stead, but we're sticking to the rules: We want it from the candidates' lips directly, or not at all.
Strike three for Brady, but we'll keep trying to get his opinion into the paper every week.