Do you get spam from the Pittsburgh League of Young Voters? So do we. Here’s an item that grabbed our attention:
Three (3) members of its Executive Committee are stepping down to work on the Peduto campaign. (Press release) That’s 20%.
We are already familiar with campaign manager Matt Merriman-Preston, of Chelsea Wagner renown.
He is joined by Lindsay Patross, co-founder of IHeartPgh, finance director for Georgia Berner for Congress, and one of Pittsburgh Magazine’s reigning “40 Under 40.”
The third is Dan Lavelle, veteran of Councilman Sala Udin’s office, which is all we could find on a quick Google search.
Their committee resignations are temporary. The release states, “While Matt, Lindsay and Dan remain committed to the work of the League of Young Voters, we all agree that it would be a conflict of interest to simultaneously serve on the Executive Committee while working as a paid staffer for a political campaign.”
We have long puzzled over neautrality issues in regards to the Pgh League of Young Voters. During the mid-term elections, they seemed quite “in the tank” against Republicans. Comet readers are by now familiar with our national politics. Yet we thought an organization in their position wouldn’t want to so brazenly alienate young conservatives.
Deep within the extended John Delano interview (here and here), candidate Bill Peduto reveals that The Number One Problem facing our city is UNFUNDED PENSION LIABILITY.
The Councilman is definitely aware of the challenge he would face getting this across. He is most likely aware of the pitfalls when, and if, voters actually do understand just what he’s saying.
Now consider his claim that “My own city council district (Shadyside, Sq. Hill North, Point Breeze, Bloomfield, Friendship, S’Liberty, N & W Oakland) is the hub of the new economy of Western Pennsylvania.”
What does this mean? Matt H had a point when he said Bill Peduto is Pittsburgh’s answer to Al Gore.
To a certain extent. Unlike the Last Next President of the United States, getting Bill Peduto to forthrightly criticize his opponent is a bit like hauling a Buick out of a tar pit. But at length, Peduto confessed to three instances in which Mr. Luke Ravenstahl seems to have deeply frustrated and upset him:
1. Peduto voted YES on Act 47 Financial Recovery. Ravenstahl voted NO.
2. Peduto has been pushing city-county consolidation. Ravenstahl has been slower, or more cautious, at the very least.
3. Peduto backed Isle of Capri through the bitter end. Ravenstahl jumped ship prematurely, at least in Peduto’s description.
The Comet senses that there may be a Unified Field Theory of a difference these indicate in terms of a contrast in governing philosphies, but this will take time.
“Our point has been all along that the Penguins ought to have some equity in this project, too,” Barden said. “We think we’re contributing more than our fair share.”
With this quote in Mark Belko’s P-G update, negotiations have officially spilled out into the public. There is no ellaboration of what a “fair share” might be for a casino entrepreneur who holds no interest in any NHL franchise, and whose own business karma is entwined with that of a totally separate struggling neighborhood that has not been the cause celebre of media concern.
Peduto discussed his Plan C on KDKA with Larry Reichart, and in bolstering the case for his own importance, reminded us of his dealmaking role in Heinz Field and PNC Park. The Comet wonders if this line on Peduto’s bio won’t be read as a net negative, and also wonders whether the composition of the Hill District (circa 2007) and the North Shore (circa 2000) invite similar strategies.
Finally, buried within Conte & Rossi’s Trib piece on Who Really Runs the Pens, there is news that “Internet media blog Gawker.com has written about Burkle more than 50 times since March.” We’ll save you some time: he has been accused of “modelizing” with Gisele Bundchen and others, of spying on his ex-wife, of attempting to purchase media outlets, and of harboring Bill Clinton.
“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.