Wednesday, March 21, 2007

Told ya. Peduto wants out of the mayor's race

Folks, I told you. Bill Peduto has a better chance to win the mayor's office in 2009. Bill can't turn negative. Bill can't depart the D party. Bill can't be nasty and divide.

Bill Peduto has to win by addition. He has a long career ahead of him. Bill can't burn out and be worthless as a nag.

I can nag. I'm an outsider.

I'm not happy that Bill pulled out of the race. But, it is a great decision for Bill Peduto and a bitter one for Pittsburgh. It isn't good for Pittsburgh. I'd rather have a real campaign in the spring and another real campaign in the fall. When we think with half our brain, the outcomes are poor. We've been getting poorer for decades.

Bill Peduto would have been better served had he not promised to raise $800,000 for this race. He should have said that he would run on a $80,000 budget.

Bill Peduto would have been better served had he released all of his position papers at the get-go. Bill has been waiting on the tip off for some of the topic discussions. He had materials from the past election that has still been kept under a lid. Bill can't run a sustained discussion by himself. But, he can begin and try.

The only thing we can do is try.

The other big hurdle for Bill Peduto -- the institutions. Bill needed to have a couple of debates even if Luke didn't show. The debate host wouldn't proceed. Bill talked about the local environment. That is part of the cancer. WTAE, KQV, KDKA, QED, -- and many others -- are on the hook. Responsibility rests, in part, with them. We crave debates. And, we need one-person debates if the other is chicken or too busy to show up.

I hope Bill Peduto has a long, productive career. I think he will.

I hope Pittsburgh can become a place where we all can prosper and live without labels that hold us down.

We need to make progress. I hope that the "progressive" folks who would have voted for Bill Peduto will "Come With Me" -- or at least vote for me. Don't vote for me because of who I am. Vote for hope for the sake of our kids.

Honz Man (KDKA Radio) has a working theory that Peduto is going to get out of the D primary and into the general election. I called the show, waited on hold for 30-minutes, and tried to debunk some of his thinking.

And, the Caliguri saga is not like what Peduto's fate. But, that's for another thread.


Anonymous said...

So what's your take on Patrick Dowd presenting himself under this same banner yet having his attorney work to throw Fallon off the ballot? Do you really think that he turned the paperwork in on time or do you think he was successful in pawning off his mistake on someone else. Is this someone that we want to represent the cause moving forward. I for one have looked at him lately and find nothing different between him and the "Old Guard"

Mark Rauterkus said...

I'm not sure. I don't know the details yet. Could you explain further. I wasn't in court. Details welcomed.

Anonymous said...

I wasnt in the courtroom either but word is that Dowd contended that the City Clerk lost his paperwork and the judge bought it. Dowds attorney filed against Fallon because he didnt state income he made while he worked for Ferlo, the judge took him off the ballot.I guess he didnt have anything on Bodack or he would have tried to kick him off too.
Just doesnt seems like he is acting in the spirit of open competition and allowing the voters to decide the race.

Mark Rauterkus said...

I had read the paperwork filed about both candidates.

It is a shame that the city clerk lost his paperwork.

"See attached."

I wonder what they have to say?

Yes, it is something. I hate the behavior of un-democratic democrats.

Does Tom F now go back to working in Jim Ferlo's office?