Mayor Tom Murphy, whom some call "the Mad Mayor," ruled Pittsburgh for twelve years -- until he became so unpopular he could not run again.
Mayor Bob O'Connor succeeded him with fresh energy and optimism, but ran the City just half a year before abruptly terminating a City Hall power arrangement from what would become his deathbed. Pittsburgh took this maneuver, and a seeming embrace of Council President Ravenstahl, to signify Mayor O'Connor's dying wishes for a term of office under served... and Luke Ravenstahl assumed the Mayoralty of that government.
It is revealed that debit cards were linked to misappropriated funds, and that some of these were given to the Mayor's security but allegedly without the Mayor's knowledge. An ex-bodyguard publicly accuses the Mayor of being in on the impropriety, and gets smeared. In a discussion of the cost of overtime pay for bodyguards, a sensational photo is aired. Although the Mayor uses his own legitimate and accounted-for City card for travel and special expenses, it is revealed he routinely uses it to pay for others even though he was strictly instructed against it. Many crave more supervision to increase police performance.
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People for Peduto tweeted out a headline and a link to a story favorable to the Controller's press conference. He is on record as having recommended early on that Chief Harper take a leave of absence, and connecting metaphorical Ravenstahl dots at Public Safety, at the URA and at PWSA to illustrate a pattern.
Peduto and Lamb both ran for mayor in 2005. Lamb drew some of his support from Mayor Murphy's cadre. Peduto finished in second place to O'Connor. Peduto considered running against Ravenstahl in the special election held in 2007 but withdrew, drawing public fire. Lamb opted to run instead for City Controller in '07. Both men yielded to other Democratic challengers in 2009.
The strategy is the strategy. Nothing important has changed. The night is dark, and full of terrors. Election Day is May 21st. Click the video above and review this post from top to bottom. Here is the elections calendar.