Skip to comments.Scoop on Luke: He plays it safe
Posted on 07/27/2012 8:04:11 AM PDT by Vigilanteman
If you asked Pittsburgh Mayor Luke Ravenstahl to identify his three favorite ice cream flavors these days, he likely would respond, Vanilla, vanilla and vanilla.
With a probable re-election battle looming against one or more prospective challengers such as City Councilman Bill Peduto, city Controller Michael Lamb and state Auditor General Jack Wagner, Ravenstahls strategy appears to be: Bland is grand.
The mayor took his greatest political risk in ages on Thursday, appearing on the North Shore to hype the citys new multi-space parking meters.
It could cost him the easily annoyed folks vote.
Endorsing the modernization program likely wont win Ravenstahl any support from people unaccustomed to having to punch in their license plate number to publicly park.
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In terms of creating controversy, Ravenstahls unabashed support for the city parking authoritys state-of-the-art timing devices pales in comparison to positions other mayors have taken:
Philadelphia Mayor Michael Nutter called for strengthening gun laws after last weeks shooting massacre in an Aurora, Colo., movie theater.
Boston Mayor Thomas Menino opposes a Chick-Fil-A because of the restaurant chains blatant and admitted anti-homosexual positions.
Being a mayor occasionally requires being a leader, and leadership occasionally involves taking positions on which not everyone agrees.
How has Ravenstahl recently fared in that area?
In one move, he forcefully urged city residents to form block watch programs to combat a recent spate of home break-ins.
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I just heard on the radio on the way in that he has now joined the thug cities of Boston and Chicago in declaring that Chick-fil-A is not welcome in Pittsburgh now.
FWIW, they have no plans to open in Pittsburgh. Their restaurants do just fine in the 'burbs of the 'burgh, including three in our modest sized hometown of Greensburg.
Boy luke is Pittsburgh’s own obama, he’s on the wrong side of every topic.
He’s a supreme douche, and yesterday, when he joined his mayoral colleagues in taking a swipe at Chik-Fil-A, was the ultimate. He’s just a puppet for the two rich homos on Mt Washington who control the city
Next thing you know, they will start to attack Church's.
Who are the two?
Steven R. Herforth & Peter J. Karlovich
“partners” for 23 years. They made their fortune in the dot com bubble & now live atop Mt Washington. Their money allows them to buy & control local pols & they’ve entertained the likes of Howard Dean and other high-ranking Dem officials at their home.
Thanks for the info. Lukey has always struck me as a lightweight.
Frat boy mayor PING!