Jay from Chicago
I don't know where you got the 628 legislators from.
In the U.S. Congress there are 435 Representatives in the U.S. House of Reprentatives and 100 Senators in the U.S. Senate. That is 535 in total.
Italy, with less than a fifth of the population of the U.S. has 410 legislators more than the U.S.
California, with 40 million residents (2/3 of Italy's 60 million) has only 80 legislators in the lower house (California State Assembly) and 40 in the California Senate.
Tuscany's Regional Council has as many members as California's (80 Assembly members) although Tuscany has 1/10th of the population (3.8 million).
It doesn't end there. There are over 40 city council members in the City of Florence, a city of less than 380,000. Similar numbers or more are in every Italian City over 100,000 people.
Compare with 8 council members in the City of San Diego (pop. 1.4 million) or the 16 members in the City of Los Angeles (pop. over 4 million).
I won't mention the members of the Italian Provinces' councils, since Renzi was at least able to abolish those during his short tenure.
Renzi is not rich like Berlusconi, but he is not poor either. His family owns a marketing company. That is probably where he learned about his communication and marketing skills, which he undoubtedly possessed. Not too many Italians had his abilities to be on stage.