John McCain’s Vice Presidential running mate, Alaska’s Sarah Palin, went from mayor of a town of 8,500 to governor of a state with 670,000.
Dallas Morning News blogger Colleen McCain Nelson tries to put this into perspective:
Her entire state has about as many people as Memphis, Tennessee, the country’s 17th-largest city.
So, 16 U.S. mayors — including Dallas’ very own Republican, Tom Leppert — have more constituents than Sarah Palin. Of course, she has her own mayoral pedigree, in Wasilla, Alaska, population 8,500.
To put it in California’s perspective, Alaska’s population of 670,000 is:
- About the population of Bakersfield and Anaheim combined.
- 1/6th the size of the City of Los Angeles (4,045,000), 1/2 the size of San Diego (1,336,000), and smaller than the cities of San Jose (989,000) or San Francisco (824,000).
- Less than Los Angeles City Council Districts 4, 5, and 13 combined.
- Approximately 1/3rd less than the number of Los Angeles residents who marched in the 2006 “Great American Boycott.”
Alas, maybe Eric Garcetti could have been on Obama’s shortlist along with Hillary…