I guess Toronto mayor David Miller saw the writing on the wall. Voters, even progressive ones in his downtown base of support like myself, were appalled with how he managed the recent municipal workers' strike. With the loss of a major fundraiser, it was clear Miller was facing a big, perhaps insurmountable challenge next year were he to run again.
Overall, Miller has been a much better mayor than his lousy predecessor, Mel Lastman. When he opens his mouth, I don't wince. In fact, quite often I've been quite proud. He's choosing his exit wisely.
Now we have a new race to watch. We'll see if George Smitherman, John Tory or anyone else makes a major run for it. It will be a very interesting race!