Yeah, I’ll believe it when I see it

Finally, the Trib took the liberty of asking “Just how badly is Mayor O’Connor doing right now?”

Of note:

  • In each of his intravenous doses of the agent methotrexate, O’Connor is receiving 14,000 milligrams of the drug — more than 450 times the 30-milligram dose given to people with most head and neck cancers. “It’s an extraordinarily high dose,” Kirschbaum said. “Not too long ago we used to go 3 grams of methotrexate and that was considered a high dose.”
  • O’Connor’s dose is extremely toxic and potentially damaging to his organs. “You’re hitting a person really hard with those doses,” Kirschbaum said. “You’ll affect the liver, the marrow and other parts of the body. Patients get pretty darn sick.” So sick, their bodies weaken and they’re often unable to walk and eat for weeks at a time.
  • O’Connor, 61, has been hospitalized 24 days at UPMC Shadyside and is so weak he’s undergoing an intensive physical rehabilitation regimen in his hospital room. His body is puffy and he has struggled with bouts of hiccups.

So all of this news totally gels with the fact that the Mayor’s physical therapy was delayed for so long, that he’s never been released when they say he will, and that he is getting toxic doses of chemo, the next of which will take place on Monday.

And says Dick Skrinjar, Mayor O’Connor’s Chief of Making Shit Up, to this news when questioned by the Trib?

“His condition improves every day,” Skrinjar said.


  1. Concerned Citizen
    August 4, 2006 11:25 am

    This article is a step in the right direction, but when are the media and tax payers of Pittsburgh going to take a stand and demand to see and/or hear from O’Connor himself. A Mayor that has had no contact with a majority of his staff (unless he’s firing them) for over a month can not be considered in control of our city.

    Who is in control? An ex-beautician whos towering perms have no doubt kept Pittsburgh on the list of worst city for singles, and good ol’ Denny.

    What a great time for the City of Pittsburgh!

  2. Judge Rufus Peckham
    August 4, 2006 12:30 pm

    I am very much encouraged by Dick Skrinjar’s report. I was starting to worry but now I won’t. My only hope is that we don’t lose Mr. Skrinjar to Cuba, where he could give similarly optimistic reports about Fidel.

    In addition, I understand Concerned Citizen’s concerns as a concerned citizen, but I think we’re missing the real lesson here: the Mayor’s been in the hospital since the All Star game and — nothing personal to Mr. O’Connor — has he really been missed? This entire incident reveals that Pittsburgh really doesn’t need a Mayor, that a Mayor doesn’t do any good anyway. It’s time to eliminate the office altogether and save some money.

  3. Pete
    August 4, 2006 1:13 pm

    Speaking of the All Star Game:
    Pirates record with O’Connor on Grant St: 30-60
    Pirates record with O’Connor absent: 11-8

    Just trying to make some lemonade from the lemons…

  4. Matt
    August 4, 2006 2:44 pm

    Bob O’Connor doesn’t have to make an appearance to ANYONE.

  5. Maria
    August 4, 2006 5:54 pm

    “Bob O’Connor doesn’t have to make an appearance to ANYONE.”

    Well, yeah, he kinda does.

    I certainly wish the Mayor well, but he is a public official and the public does have a right to know. No one but a handful of his staff (+family and hospital staff) has seen him for nearly a month.

    It would be nice if he even saw a reporter — hell, a friendly reporter, say his favorite — for even five minutes. Or at the very least, release a picture of him to the public. Reagan did that whe he was shot.

    If he’s too ill to speak to a reporter for even five minutes, what does that say about his ability to run the city?

    Adn if you think a month is not that long, I have a question for you: how long is too long?

    Two months?

    Three months?

  6. Judge Rufus Peckham
    August 4, 2006 6:18 pm

    RE: “Bob O’Connor doesn’t have to make an appearance to ANYONE.”

    Is that so? Who the hell is Bob O’Connor, the Wizard of Oz? It is frankly astounding that he hasn’t appointed a deputy mayor, but if this keeps up much longer, there will be open talk in the papers and the blogging community about Bob O’Connor stepping down for the good of the city.

  7. pittgirl
    August 4, 2006 8:11 pm

    The inescapable fact, whether or not one believe he owes the public an appearance is this … if Mayor O’Connor were as fine and dandy as Dick, his family, and Regan are telling us, he would have made an appearance by now.

  8. parakeethome
    August 4, 2006 9:51 pm

    Just pray that if a Deputy Mayor is appointed that is not the Big Dick or one of the many Costas or even his relative Regan who could not even pay his taxes or manage a business …. By the way, isn’t the head of City Council supposed to take over if something happens to the mayor – like Sophie did way back when.

  9. Matt
    August 4, 2006 11:44 pm

    Seems like some people don’t like Denny Regan, guess you really don’t know him.

    O’Connor is a CANCER patient, I’m sure he doesn’t look all that great right now, why should he let a reporter in to take pics or anything like that? The city is still running…

  10. parakeethome
    August 5, 2006 3:46 pm

    Thank God the city is still running. You know, it’s probably running better now than when Smurphy was at the helm. No, I don’t know Regan, and I don’t care to. As much as I think the world of Bob O’Connor and I do say prayers for his recovery each day, it is politics as usual on Grant Street with putting your friends and relatives in charge ….. And it goes with Democrats as well as the Republicans! Time for a change!

  11. Ed Heath
    August 5, 2006 8:53 pm

    “And it goes with Democrats as well as the Republicans! Time for a change! ”
    Bloggers of the world, unite. You have nothing to lose but your pasty pallor and bloodshot eyes …

    Just remember, some bloggers are more equal than others..

  12. parakeethome
    August 7, 2006 12:39 pm

    That’s right!