It falls to the Comet again!
Welcome to the 2015 Voter Guide essay, which is in 3 parts.
In Part I after this introduction, we list our eight (8) endorsements, so you see them!
In Part II, we begin with President Lincoln and attempt to cruise methodically through the last 150 years of Pittsburgh political history.
In Part III, we reflect on our particular endorsements in this Tuesday’s local races, issue some honorable mentions, and recall how the political “machine” Pittsburgh is still singular, no longer of much practical use and generally malign. Our endorsements will demonstrate additional valid reasons to fulfill its effective dismantling at long last.
YOUR PITTSBURGH COMET 2015 PRIMARY ENDORSEMENTS:
County Controller: Chelsa WAGNER
County Court of Common Pleas: Judge Hugh MCGOUGH
County Council, north: Dan CONNELLY
County Council, east: Barbara DALY DANKO
City Controller: Natalia RUDIAK
City Council, north: Bobby WILSON
City Council, east: La’Tasha MAYES
City Council, northeast: Andre YOUNG
See our latest blog post for City School Board endorsements, Comet Maniacs!
And here we launch into Part II: The History, which begins in the administration what would later be called the Grand Old Party, or GOP, of Abraham Lincoln.
Encountering an increasingly burgeoning metropolis on what was recently a frontier crossroads, the legendary politician who would later be known as the Great Emancipator enjoyed friendly receptions amidst the industrious, immigrant and Northern-elite voting precincts at the twin cities of the Forks: Pittsburgh, and Allegheny City, on what is now Pittsburgh’s North Side. Abe Lincoln’s Secretary of War Simon Cameron would become our first political boss. Continue reading