BRONZE: Patrick Dowd - Fine to accuse Mayor Ravenstahl of capitalizing on the aftermath of the tragedy in Stanton Heights to some extent in order to elude a political obligation. And fine to allege that his relaxed attitude towards law enforcement resulted in a death at a club. But throwing them both into the same statement lends the whole thing an air of ugly desperation.
SILVER: Luke Ravenstahl - Seemingly within hours of hearing from KDKA that the event was to be rescheduled, he notified the media that no further time would be available before the election. Yeah right. Some things are priorities.
GOLD: KDKA - You had to have known this would happen.
A few commenters so far have called Luke a "liar" for having ruled out rescheduling debates because of his schedule. One of these submitted a classic video to drive home the point:
1. Luke still maintains he didn't lie to anybody about the trip according to his definitions. Nor in denying the Heinz Field shoving match.
2. The Mayor does not regret missing a much-anticipated meeting with Hill District and Uptown leaders the morning following a huge public land transfer in their neighborhood, in favor of a "political trip" in which he could "talk politically with Mr. Burkle".
3. So it's two years later. How has the dialogue proceeded with the Hill District? Where are we in the process? Pittsburgh is on a tight deadline to organize a community-driven Master Plan before the right of submission reverts to the Penguins, correct? Have there been any meetings? Any discussions? Any bullet points? Anybody heard from Carl Redwood lately?
4. Luke Ravenstahl is not worried about his credibility.