Mike Doyle in the 14th: The low-key incumbent gets the job done

By the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette Editorial Board

To demand action on gun-control legislation, Democratic members of Congress, including Rep. Mike Doyle of Forest Hills, staged a 26-hour sit-in on the floor of the House of Representatives in June. It was an unusual step into the spotlight for Mr. Doyle, who is neither flashy nor a leader of his caucus. He has benefited the 14th District, however, and we endorse his bid for a 12th term.

In the Nov. 8 election, Mr. Doyle, 63, faces Republican Lenny McAllister, 44, a Penn Hills resident who works as a political analyst both locally and nationally. The district encompasses 74 municipalities in Allegheny and Westmoreland counties, including Pittsburgh and many of its southern and eastern suburbs.

Mr. McAllister is a charismatic speaker whose story of grit  — he worked his way from deli clerk to college graduate and political pundit — is worthy of emulation. He rightly criticizes the dearth of African-American House members from Pennsylvania. He admirably speaks of carrying an “uplifting message