That’s a wrap. Roll Footage!

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Chelsa remains County Controller. Lamb remains City Controller, winning lopsided. Discussion of these results and more go in the comments here. A more formal analysis coming later in the week!

26 thoughts on “That’s a wrap. Roll Footage!

      1. MH

        I was honestly uncertain if not honestly thinking of the Belgian Jetsport Boating Federation.

  1. MH

    So, 69,000 people voted for Fitzgerald. That’s 61% of the people who showed up to vote in an election where he was unopposed. I suppose he wasn’t campaigning, but the other candidates in county-side races with no opposition got many more votes (about 91,000 voted for Zappala and Weinstein, 85,000 for DeFazio). Anyway, after doing all this math, I see the Post Gazette has done it also.

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    1. bramr101 Post author

      “The lesson, I guess, is that while I think people may be happy with … some of the things that are happening, they want to see that not everyone I support is elected,” he said. “It is a time for maybe reflection and maybe to be more open, and I think that the voters wanted to see that and they reflected that in their votes tonight.’”

      ‘“Now that the election is over, I think we should work together; I think [the public] would like to see that.” (P-G)

      That’s actually ridiculously classy, coming as it did just hours after those results came in.

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      1. Anonymous

        that quote being “ridiculously classy” reminds me of the Chris Rock joke about people bragging because they “take care of their kids.” The joke is “no, you’re supposed to take care of your kids.” So now, it is “ridiculously classy” when Fitz considers that maybe he’ll act like a normal human being? Well I suppose the vote totals show how far our expectations of him have fallen.

  2. Brian Tucker-Hill

    I just want to give a shout out to all the people who worked hard to get the liquor license referendum on the ballot and then passed in Wilkinsburg. Other good things have already been happening in Wilkinsburg, and conversely other problems still exist, but this was very likely a necessary and helpful step in continuing down the re-investment path.

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    1. bramr101 Post author

      Bellevue came through on that note as well.

      I think I agree that in the case of W-burg, it will be a step forward. Like everywhere else, I’m sure alcohol caused problems before and will continue to cause problems, but they have a long business strip that could really use a shot in the arm. Maybe some young entrepreneurs who can’t get a hold of space on Butler or on Penn in Garfield will look farther down Penn Ave.

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      1. Brian Tucker-Hill

        Yeah, it is not like you couldn’t get alcohol in or near Wilkinsburg as it was. Apparently you can now even buy cheap 12-packs at Wilkinsburg Beverage, starting at $5.99 (not sure what comes at that price, but if alcohol abuse is the issue, that’s not going to matter). It doesn’t make much sense to allow that, but not be able to spend $9 on a cocktail or glass of wine at a nice restaurant.

        Anyway, apparently some restaurant folks have been in contact with the Wilkinsburg CDC in the past about this issue, saying they would be interested in Wilkinsburg locations if they could get a liquor license. So it will be interesting to see what materializes. No doubt, many here have been thinking Wilkinsburg could be the next East Liberty.

    1. Anonymous

      Apparently Peduto gave 2K to Deb Gross, and 4K to Corey O’Connor. I’ll admit it – that confuses me, unless it’s simply a blatant attempt to pull Corey closer onto Team Chadwick’s boat, already captained by Gross.

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      1. Anonymous

        O’Connor certainly wasn’t in need of the money to assure reelection. Nothing more than an influence overture.

      2. Anonymous

        Corey knows full well that Peduto people put up Kaplan against him. He isn’t that dumb to think a few dollars late in the game means anything but influence peddling.

        Natalie might also start figuring out that Fitzdeduto put her up to get rid of her. Insiders have been whispering for a while that this was a no lose proposition for them. If she wins, they knock out Lamb and take credit. If she loses, she is damaged and will fade away like Mulchany. They clear the way for Gilman and Gross and the E. End padawan learners.

      3. bramr101 Post author

        Anon 8:11 – They put up Kaplan against O’Connor???? If you sought credibility for your theory that “they wanted to hurt Rudiak”, that really blew it.

      4. MH

        Corey knows full well that Peduto people put up Kaplan against him.

        If the label says “Deliberate misuse by concentrating and inhaling the contents can be harmful,” they really mean it.

  3. Anonymous

    Maybe the “they” are different people in each instance. Scratch beneath the surface Bram. Besides, you put into quotes “they wanted to hurt Rudiak.” Where did I say that? Oh yeah, I didn’t. I said it was a not lose proposition. Either she wins and they claim credit or she loses and moves on to something else out of their hair. If you are going to use quotes, read first.

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    1. bramr101 Post author

      I don’t believe that any Peduto people were anything other than disappointed by the Rudiak result, and if you think I should be scratching the surface, tell me where to scratch.

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  4. MGG

    I talked with Kaplan a couple times during her campaign, along with her campaign manager. She was completely on her own; a political self-starter. Imagine that.

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      1. bramr101 Post author

        The notion that Peduto recruited a 24-year old from outside the district to run against O’Connor for no raisin is ludicrous on its face, and we ought not have stopped making fun of it earlier.

        Was the Rudiak campaign a cover to lay groundwork for invasion by Al-Qaeda of Poland? Michael Lamb knows this full well, and I’m just asking questions!!!!

      2. MH

        Conspiracy theory doesn’t benefit from thinking small. “Peduto recruited Kaplan” isn’t going to convince anybody because even if it’s true (which, by the way, it isn’t), what have you got? A conspiracy to get less than 15% of the vote. Chris Z. got almost twice that (by percent — more than twice by votes).

        You need to think big. Add in the Poli Fire (still unsolved as far as what’s in the newspaper) and the Lindbergh kidnapping (common factor: silent terminal ‘h’).

      1. MH

        My first thoughts were all about accidents (maybe Allderdice students trying to pretend they were in Colorado or hobos living there). But if it was an accident, you’d think they would have figured out some statement for the press by now.

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