What’s up with the Mayor

I’m going to take a risk here and put out there into the universe that PittGirl does not think that Mayor O’Connor is doing as well as his people are leading us to believe and that I don’t believe we will be seeing him in City Hall anytime this year.

Just take a look at the timeline thus far:

July 12: He receives his first dose of chemo. His office says it is “business as usual” in City Hall and that the aides are hoping the Mayor will be able to make a weekend appearance. His doctors say he is able to read some docs, but that he is extremely tired.

July 13: Doctors say again that the mayor is extremely tired and that even someone with enormous stamina is going to be exhausted for a few days after that much chemo. They expect he will be released on the weekend. Today is Thursday.

July 14: The Mayor calls into a staff meeting where staff reports he “sounded great.” He is reported to be alert and walking around and will be discharged on the weekend. Today is Friday.

July 15: It is Saturday and the Mayor will not be released this weekend until the Metho is out of his system. Likely Monday.

July 17: The Mayor is reportedly steadily improving and is alert and gaining strength. The metho is out of his system and he is going to stay in the hospital at least until today.

July 19: Still in the hospital, but the tumors are shrinking.

July 20: Doctors say the mayor will not return to City Hall until Labor Day at the earliest. He is suffering intermittent lethargy and his endurance is very poor. However they say that morning he was alert and wide awake. Outpatient therapy is recommended.

July 21: Doctors plan to discharge the Mayor soon to his home. He is alert and talkative.

July 22: The mayor is said to be walking more.

July 23: The doctors say the Mayor will start physical therapy today.

July 24: The doctors say the Mayor will start physical therapy today.

July 27: Called into staff meeting to fire three top aides. Reportedly sounded extremely worn out and tired.

July 29: Physical therapy is reportedly now underway. His wife says, “He’ll be back and doing good things for the city again.” The doctors say they are “cautiously optimistic.” He is now expected to leave the hospital as early as Sunday or Monday. Today is Saturday.

July 31: Today is Monday. He is in stable condition with no change. The doctors say the Mayor will start physical therapy today.

August 1: Remains hospitalized. Likely to be released to a rehab facility when he is eventually released. Regan says, “Doing well. He will be back.”

I’m not trying to come down hard on the Mayor.  I don’t think any of us have any idea the true severity of his illness and I think we are being painted a very pretty picture, behind which lies a pretty ugly truth.

I wish the Mayor a speedy recovery, but something tells me the news is more dire than Dick Skrinjar, Mayor O’Connor’s Chief of Making Shit up, is having us believe.  Why else would Bobby try to get Yarone Zober into a major department head position that isn’t even supposed to exist if for no other reason than to eventually name him Deputy Mayor?


  1. Judge Rufus Peckham
    August 1, 2006 11:06 am

    It’s too early to say this definitively, but if this keeps up the people of Pittsburgh might need to seriously ask if the Mayor is able to perform his job (and they should require evidence greater than Dick Skrinjar’s say-so). The information you paint above shows, at the very least, that we’re not being told the full story. Rich Lord of the P-G likely is doing his best to obtain info from independent sources about the Mayor’s condition, and that seems essential at this stage.

  2. Heidi
    August 1, 2006 11:11 am

    I’ve been thinking the same thing, there’s definitely some spin going on here. Methotrexate is a tough drug and they are giving him a major amount of it each time he has a treatment. He isn’t bouncing back in between and then it’s time for another dose. A lot of cancer patients die of liver failure because the chemo drugs are too much for the liver to handle. I pray that Mayor O’Connor returns to City Hall, but it doesn’t look promising.

  3. pittgirl
    August 1, 2006 11:11 am

    Seeing as the only people that get to see the Mayor are his family, Regan, and Marlene Cassidy, I don’t think we’ll be getting any independent sources to say ANYTHING about his condition. Hell, apparently Dick has only seen the Mayor three times since he went into the hospital.

  4. Judge Rufus Peckham
    August 1, 2006 12:11 pm

    The persistent delay in starting physical therapy is most telling. But if the news is bad enough, they won’t be able to keep it quiet for long, no matter how hard they try. It is amusing that there is so much focus on a deputy mayor when the real story seems to be the successor — remember how we got Sophie.

  5. AwsCom
    August 1, 2006 1:06 pm

    I must admit, when the firings were announced on Thursday, my intuition was screaming at me “These are the actions of an angry sick man.” Then I let the positive chatter (he’s cleaning house and showing who’s boss) win me over, because I prefered not to believe my city was being run by Howard Hughes. Thanks for harshing my mellow, Pittgirl. ;)