Category Archives: Mayoral Race

“Gonna Fly Now”

Let the record show, we think having 300 people attend one’s evening rally, in this weather, way out east in Highland Park, is pretty impressive, and lends some credibility to one’s boast that “Folks, we all know that this is the people’s campaign.” (P-G, Rich Lord)

It would behoove the Comet at this point to provide some real meat, and for that we refer you to declared mayoral candidate Bill Peduto’s talk with Larry Reichart on KDKA, where the incumbent regime was critiqued thusly:

1. “Our budget … doesn’t get us out of any financial distress.”

2. “Economic development has been slow … our priorities are backwards.

3. “Investment in our neighborhoods has been slow, and people haven’t been brought to the table.”

WPXI adds this nugget:

4. “Peduto said if elected he would reopen the city’s contract with firefighters and consolidate city and county services.”

Now for the fun stuff:

When asked by Larry if Ravenstahl’s age and inexperience are issues, Peduto responded no to age, quipping “I wish I was 26,” but yes to inexperience, citing his own twenty years of experience, and how he got where is with “hard work and determination…”

Pause.

“And discipline.

When in doubt, candidate Peduto seems to have appropriated the words Independant, Responsible, and Experience as his go-to soundbites. We will be tracking how often Peduto gets his IRE aroused.

Throughout today’s coverage, there was also the sense that Peduto’s campaign would be best captured by the slogan, “It’s the Neighborhoods, Stupid!”

Except that would be a clear violation of any “clean campaign” pledges that the candidates might, at some point, be invited to accept.

The brass ring for political analysis goes to Morton Coleman, aide to former Mayor Joseph Barr, and current professor emeritus at Pitt, captured by the Trib’s Jeremy Boren:

“He will be both the reform candidate, and he’ll play the experience card against RavenstahlPeduto is a talented guy, but I think he has an uphill fight.”

Continuing Unfortunateness At MacYapper

John McIntire has been fighting the good fight against the Rush Limbaugh / Fox News / Drudge Report machine for over a decade, and it appears he has finally been corrupted by it.

His latest post includes an open plea for more Ravenstahl dirt from his readers, with the vague suggestion that he’s heard something juicy. He is not asking for criticism of the Ravenstahl budget, of city services, or of development projects. He wants evidence of frat boy behavior, an overload of testosterone, and immaturity.

Also, since he is done misrepresenting the original Ravenstahl incident — remember, his claim that Regan was involved? — he has gone on to misrepresent Ravenstahl’s clear misjudgement in denying that incident, once again backed by just enough “truthiness” to inflate the issue. We believe, as most do, that McIntire’s account of the denial is shamelessly exaggerated and inaccurate.

McIntire has come to the conclusion that in order for the best candidate to win, that candidate needs to have media surrogates doing the campaign’s dirty work: promoting poorly sourced and exaggerated rumors, smearing character, and low name-calling.

He may tell us he’s just engaging in “snarkery,” but that’s what all the Limbaughs and Hannities and Savages of our world do: excuse themselves from fair and civil discourse when it serves their needs.

We believe candidate Bill Peduto when he denies any connection to McIntire’s odious campaign. Johnny Mac’s not doing his man any favors. If he keeps this up, people will have to start asking Mr. Peduto if he condemns McIntire’s ugly, classist rhetoric.

Mr. McIntire, righteous statesmen don’t win the way the charlatans do, by taking the Rush / Fox / Drudge path of dirt and distortion. Real statesmen, like the first President Clinton, win by elevating the debate, while making the issues personally relevant to the voters.

I can sense the good left in you, John McIntire. Let go your anger.

McIntiregate: Epilogue

WPXI’s Rick Earle: You weren’t involved in an altercation with the police officer?

Mayor Ravensthal: Absolut

Earle: You categorically deny that?

Ravenstahl: Absolutely not.

That’s it. Once the fiery meteor of McIntire’s story entered our atmo-sphere, most of it burned up in a harmless spectacle. The above sniplet from a 3-month old investigative report is all that remained, solid to the core, striking young Luke in the tuchus.

The Comet transcript is in agreement with the one over at TPJs, if you allow their edit of the confusing double-negative in the Mayor’s clear denial, and if you allow our emphasis on “categorically” as appropriate. Now then:

1. Some people will view Ravenstahl as a liar, who can never again be trusted with public business.

2. Some people will forgive the lie as a miscalculation, intended to cover-up a meaningless but embarrassing personal incident, which could too easily be exaggerated and lampooned by unscrupulous political enemies.

3. There is no reason to believe that the group represented by #1 will reach anything like critical mass.

4. If your political fortunes are tied directly to either Peduto or Ravenstahl, your brain will make you believe either #1 or #2, respectively, and that anyone who reaches the other conclusion must be stupid or insincere.

MOVING FORWARD:

The good news for Bill is that people are paying attention. His challenge now is that he has to be for something — he has to be for something popular — and he has to be for something popular that Ravenstahl is against.

That’s easier said than done. It is Ravenstahl’s job to support things that are popular. But it is not impossible.

The kerchief drops tomorrow.

The Opening Swipe

“This is the perfect opportunity for Barden, the Penguins, the city, the county and the state to partner together,” Peduto said. “It’s a great way to keep the team in Pittsburgh, redevelop the Hill, get Barden more involved in the community, and lessen the impact on taxpayers.”

“I’m saying scrap Plan B and create Plan C.”

Quote courtesy of Mark Belko of the P-G, who thereby gets to ring the bell in the upcoming mayoral race, or at least gets to strut around the ring in a bikini, bearing a “Round 1” sign.

It is unclear whether Peduto’s Plan C is different enough from Plan B to merit a new initial. And it is unclear how Ravenstonorato will react to this, as they are in the midst of high-stakes negotiations.

Let’s Contemplate Prepations to RUM-BULLLL

Zach Braff as Bill Peduto, courtesy K-Blog.

What we know he’s no longer thinking: “Should I run for mayor against Luke Ravenstahl?”

What we think he must now be thinking: “Should I run for mayor against Dan Onorato?”

“We need to bust up the political machine, that won’t plan ahead and keeps Pittsburgh behind!” (applause)

“You can’t move forward if you’re not willing to think forward!” (laughter, applause)

“We need to send a message to the good old boys AND the good YOUNG boys that this city’s not their city, it’s OUR city!” (applause, throwing of undergarments)