John Robinson Block, the co-publisher and editor-in-chief of the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, denounced the tactics of both campaigns.
"This is a deliberate, despicable campaign tactic and dishonorable in every way," Mr. Block said. (P-G, James O'Toole)
Can I interest you in blogging, Mr. Block?
Here is the misleading Reilly campaign literature. I went to bed with a guilty conscience for not having posted it yet, considering how I hammered away at Smith's similar literature -- but this morning I see the P-G's got it all under control.
owes the committee?) but of which he is not in possession.
I wish I had a scan handy of even more new Theresa Smith literature. The claim of a P-G endorsement is now absent, but baseless claims of having "secured funding" for fourteen community groups in her district remain. More amusingly, Smith's brother is shown shaking hands with the late Pope John Paul II -- who is misidentified in the photo caption as Pope Benedict XVI.
Wrong pope. The Councilwoman apparently doesn't know her popes.
At any rate, if the Democratic party committee forfeits all influence over Pittsburgh City Council in part due to juvenile and unnecessary stunts like these -- considering what also happened in 2007 -- you've got to imagine heads are going to roll. They can't go on like this, forever earning the reputation and demonstrating the competence of Scooby Doo villains.