Patrick Dowd, in reaction to this upcoming Wednesday's video debate on KDKA being postponed by the station, and then effectively canceled by the Ravenstahl campaign (P-G):
That a mayor who has never run in a contested primary is using last week’s tragedies to avoid a discussion about public safety and other critical issues facing our city is an absolute outrage.
Since he became mayor, Luke Ravenstahl has been absent time and time again: absent from meetings on the Hill District, absent from discussions on critical policy issues, absent from important decisions about circumventions of the permitting and zoning processes, some of which have ended in death and others of which have cost the taxpayers. Yet, he has had time to meet with campaign contributors, ensuring that they will continue to procure no bid contracts.
Now, there is no time for the citizens?
I have pledged that as mayor I will make my schedule available to the public. Luke Ravenstahl should immediately show the citizens what meetings are more important than hearing him be held accountable for his record.
Amidst a citywide increase in gun violence, a national economic crisis, and serious questions about ethics in the mayor’s office, Luke Ravenstahl must make time to debate his mayoral challengers.
This is an absolute outrage.
All of this was incidental to Dowd's campaign event on the North Side highlighting pavement management and cronyism (P-G, Rich Lord).
And yes -- there has got to be time to reschedule the debate. There is a lot to talk about; besides which, we oughtn't just toss those video questions from the public aside as though they're garbage.
*-UPDATE: Response, apparently from Ravenstahl campaign, at LINK.