Friday, December 21, 2007

In Praise of Bill Peduto

So, can we all take a breather from our torturous circumstance and admit that it is not Bill Peduto’s fault we’re saddled with a lying, narcissistic, idiot of a mayor? Can we be adults about this whole thing and admit it is our own fault?

Peduto was derided and scorned for dropping out of the race after his pollsters discerned even Jesus Christ could not beat Luke the Visionary. Those pollsters were proved dead-on correct as we subsequently forgave and elected that little SOB, scandals/disgraces/outrages not withstanding. And this is Peduto’s fault?

Bill went on to RETURN unused campaign contributions saying he could not
bring himself to ask people for money

when he knew he didn't have a snowball's chance of winning. Nor could he bring himself to keep the money he had in hand after he called it quits. Instead of bulking up his campaign war chest for future elections, HE RETURNED THE MONEY. Has anyone heard of any politician doing anything remotely similar? Did we give him even a modest pat on the back for this rare show of honor and integrity? Nope, we instead hurled insults at a good man who was already down.

Bill always has and always will fight for this dysfunctional city of ours. Whether it is domestic violence, Act 47, budget overruns, zoning disputes, civil liberties or even small stuff like animal control …. Bill is the one everyone runs to because Bill is the one who is sane, honorable and capable. Can we all agree on at least that much?

Last night Luke basked in the glow of the city’s love and admiration as he was duly sworn in as mayor of Pittsburgh. He grinned, partied and puffed out his visionary chest as the Pittsburgh Tax Credit Promise unraveled in the background. Outside of the camera’s glare, it was AGAIN Bill Peduto who worked tirelessly and thanklessly, mopping up the mayor’s latest mess. Hammering out a sane, legal deal with UPMC. Peduto again trying to salvage our sorry, nearly-bankrupt asses.

If we don’t have it in us to thank this man for all it is he does do ….. Can we at least not saddle him with the responsibility for the existence of “Mayor Luke Ravenstahl”? We, the citizens of Pittsburgh, created that particular monster, not Bill. We, the citizens of Pittsburgh, freely voted for Luke in landslide proportions, not Bill. And guess what? We’re now getting exactly what we asked for. Surprise, surprise.

Come on, people. Let’s get real. A good start would be to thank Councilman Bill Peduto for everything he has done and continues to do.

I for one am very happy to say, "Thank you, Bill Peduto!"


livin the good life said...

I do not live in the city of Pittsburgh, but I have been a very big fan of Bill Peduto since day one. He is honest and very forthright and yes, being a man of integrity he will continue to mop up Luke's mess. If Bill ever decides to leave city politics, I hope that he decides to move to the North Hills so that I can vote for him.
Thanks, Bill, for showing all of Pittsburgh and the surrounding suburban communities that there are still honest politicians in this world.

Mark Rauterkus said...

Where are the details to the Bill Peduto solution to the Pgh Promise / UPMC side deal?

Char said...

Don't know. Last I heard Peduto/Shields were still hammering out the details. And I do agree with you, Mark. New deal or no new deal, council can't vote on anything till public comment has been heard.

If UPMC feels "hurt" by council's rude treatment.....Lord Almighty, just wait till they have to hear what the Average Joe has to say.

This is not going to be pretty.

Mark Rauterkus said...

Char, (and any others), are you willing to work (with me) on this (pending public hearing in city council chambers)?

Let's make this hearing 'meaningful.'

Give me a call -- when you can.

412 298 3432 = cell

Bram Reichbaum said...

I don't think very many people are in disagreement over this.

Char said...

I would hope not. There are still some, however, who are still angry with Bill for dropping out. As if staying would/could have changed the outcome we have now. It wouldn't have and I wish people would just let that go.

Maria said...

If I recall correctly, it was the P-G who seemed to be the most pissed off of all at the time.