I just submitted this as a comment but it really deserves a new thread of its own, if only to maintain a semblance of order around here:
This whole Coghill as the "anti-machine" candidate idea is the biggest fairytale I've ever heard!
No doubt Patrick Reilly has the strong backing of Wagner, Wagner and possibly Wagner, but Anthony Coghill enjoys the equally ardent backing of the rest of the City and County Committee, including the Chairman, by all indications.
The whole "lawsuit" scheme was cooked up as a pretense to allow Committee folk who are on the other end of the intramural squabble to back an unendorsed candidate without suffering the usual slings and arrows that come with Committee treason.
Who doesn't know this? Really.
Reilly is a puppet of the Committee Hatfields. Coghill is a puppet of the Committee McCoys. Natalia Rudiak is the only candidate in the field that is not being led around by the nose by party antediluvians. She would also be a fantastic influence upon the rest of the Council, in my educated opinion, and be about as energetic and intelligent a voice for the district as anyone could ask for, hands down.
However, a demerit must go to the Post-Gazette for running two pro-Coghill letters to the editor on two consecutive days, despite the wide-open four-candidate field. I have to admit, Matt H really knows how to bait a hook.
Reilly and Coghill: two puppets fighting one another...