Newspaper article Pittsburgh Post-Gazette (Pittsburgh, PA)

Answering Imaginary Questions about the Real Mayor's Race

Newspaper article Pittsburgh Post-Gazette (Pittsburgh, PA)

Answering Imaginary Questions about the Real Mayor's Race

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With the arrival Tuesday of the primary election, we reach into the MMMM (Mythological Morningfile Mayoral Mailbag) to answer a few letters about the major race of interest in Pittsburgh:

Q: Everyone seems to get on Luke Ravenstahl's case -- the media, council members, federal investigators, etc -- but I am such a big fan of all his achievements, like his youthfulness and the way he doesn't show up at every big calamity that strikes the city to try to hog the spotlight. Is it OK if I vote for him even though he's no longer running for re-election?

A: You're free to vote for him as a write-in candidate, but he wouldn't encourage it since the only day he has been happy on the job in six-plus years is the day he announced he no longer wanted it. Based on recent media reports, you should probably prepare for a call from investigators wanting to ask about your interest in voting for him and whether you received anything in return.

Q: Bill Peduto might be the kind of good government reformer who would bring some fresh air to Pittsburgh's political arena, but I am concerned about these allegations that he doesn't get along with others. I can't take my own son to any play dates because the other moms all say he doesn't play well with others either. Do you think my son and Bill Peduto could entertain one another in the mayor's office if no one else wants to be their friends?

A: It's not that Bill Peduto doesn't have any friends -- it's just that he doesn't seem to have any who hold different views from his. He has many pals among East End liberals, so if your son can lay claim to being one of those, they should get along fine. If he's your average Pittsburgh yinzer, on the other hand, don't expect to get him and Mr. Peduto together for a play date, or especially not for a work date.

Q: Jack Wagner? Really, in 2013? Didn't my great-grandfather, grandmother and parents already have a chance to elect him mayor and turn him down? Aren't there any younger, fresher Wagners who can run for mayor instead of having a "Back to the Future" election?

A: His niece, Chelsa Wagner, has been a successful local politician, but she's busy as Allegheny County controller and has to wait her turn. …

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