Anyone remember when Luke said he wouldn't seek re-election because "nasty and vicious" personal attacks took too great a toll on him?
— Chad Hermann (@ChadTRM) April 30, 2013
Mayor Ravenstahl must be somewhat disappointed that two Facebook comments of others regarding his "dark money" Republican-connected campaign committee are receiving more "Likes" from the P-G online audience than his own...
The gold medal and107 FB Likes so far belong to Ravenstahl nemesis former Pittsburgh City Council President Doug Shields...
The Pay to Play crowd in Pittsburgh, so well served by Mayor Ravenstahl (as documented by the P-G’s “the Network” series by Rich Lord), is desperate to keep some sort of hold on the the public's purse no matter how tenuous it may be. As we know, the Ravenstahl Camp packed up en masse and ran to the the Wagner Campaign for shelter. In return for this support, there will be some form of consideration to retain those who served us so poorly in a possible Wagner administration. These ties that bind, that have lead to scandal after scandal in Pennsylvania, will remain in place.
The appropriate response by Mr. Wagner would be to immediately disavow Mayor Ravenstahl’s vengeful intrusion into the people’s electoral process and demand that the "Swift Boat" actors unmask themselves. Saying nothing and benefitting from this is a de facto acceptance of Mayor Ravenstahl’s endorsement and tacit acknowledgement of the “Newtwork’s” support. That is an unacceptable arrangement. In Mr. Peduto I find integrity in his character and new broom that sweeps clean in his hand.
You can tell the race is heating up, with the Mayor chiming in on the PG boards (hi5 for that). The city has been on a roll over the last decade gaining national and international attention. I've seen it first hand with the role of the Shadow Lounge and AVA. I may not agree with all of Luke Ravenstahl's policies and/or actions over the years, but having a young face in the mayor's office has done wonders on the "We're old as ish" category. It's help change the perception of the city and region. Going forward, Bill Peduto adds quality strategic policies with the young face. And I have nothing against Mr. Wagner (I'm friends with some of his fam). I think Mr. Wagner would make a good mayor; but I know Mr. Peduto will make a great one. This is that Good to Great Moment.....now I'm sure I'll start getting those "anonymous" noise complaints from Zone 5 again...sike nah. Hopefully in 2014 everyone can come together like Voltron.
The mayor's Facebook comments on the subject of "'haters' who preach about the law and following it" merited only a bronze.
Today, Bill Peduto's campaign talked about a new iBurgh app that will offer traffic, weather and public safety info, operate as an electronic 311 hot line to submit and track complaints, and provide customized alerts.
On the bright side, now we know what the mayor has been working on. And I think we can all agree: shame on Bill Peduto for making Luke Ravenstahl hate him this much.