Tuesday, January 03, 2006

Bob O'Connor's hour in the sun

It didn't feel like a Steelers' rally. Well, it didn't feel like one until Ed Rendell turned Bob's swearing in ceremony into a Steelers' rally. Fast Edddie, call him late for lunch, went on and on with NFL chatter. Jeepers.

I wasn't sure where he was going with his speech. It seemed like he was about to say, "win one for the Gipper" -- or else strike a match to set fire to a couch, right there on Grant Street. He didn't brag about the prices of food at the stadium, but he did brag about a lot of his other "pork accomplishments." Then the Gov must have gotten a call from the booth and sat down.

Inside city hall, with all the food vendors and people -- it felt like a Roller Derby Marathon.

When I look in the mirror, I see myself. When Bob looks in a mirror, he sees Pittsburgh. Does anyone have the heart to tell him that he's really looking out a window, not a mirror?

I did wear my red tie today because I do want to 'red up' around here too.

Speaking of Steelers' pep rally.... what about Lynn Swann. His day is tomorrow. The gathering will be at the Heinz History Center in the late afternoon. See comments to catch his email today. He is up to 5,000 email subscribers. I've got 8,000 on my list. But, he is closing fast.


Mark Rauterkus said...

From Lynn Swann....

Dear Friend,

The year 2005 has been incredible! We started the year committed to having a conversation with Pennsylvanians across the commonwealth. We've talked with people from all walks of life: teachers, firefighters, moms, dads, senior citizens, small business owners, and CEOs of major corporations to name a few. They all agreed on one thing - Pennsylvania is ready for a change.

Throughout 2005, Pennsylvanians from Philadelphia to Pittsburgh and everywhere in between have made a commitment to me.

We've signed up over 5,000 volunteers.

We've identified over 14,000 supporters and entered them into our database.

We've had over 20,000 visitors to our campaign website.

We've had over 800 viewings of our website per day.

We've had over 12,000 viewings of our web videos.

We've had more than 5,000 Pennsylvanians sign up for our email updates.

We've seen 4,700 Pennsylvanians contribute to our campaign, and well over 400 individuals send money from outside our state's borders, giving us an incredible 5100 donors.

By December 31st, 2005, we raised close to $1.6 million! We ended the year with over $1 million in the bank, including raising close to $600,000 in December alone.

Pennsylvania's commitment, your commitment, has been amazing.

Tomorrow, I'll be announcing my campaign to change Pennsylvania in my hometown of Pittsburgh. We'll be visiting Erie, Altoona, and Scranton on Thursday, and finishing up in Philadelphia, Allentown, and Lancaster on Friday.

These stops are just the beginning of my commitment to you; a commitment for a better Pennsylvania.

Thanks for all you've done for the campaign so far. With your continued commitment, we'll succeed in changing Pennsylvania.

Sincerely, ....

Anonymous said...

The Gov didn't even mention Penn State football. That game was to be played the same night!

Perhaps that would have been an insult to all in the audience who didn't attend college -- except the City Council President, Luke, who was a college place kicker at W&J.