Snicker. And, um, not the candy bar.

Mayor Lukey said yesterday at the debate:

“Thirty years ago, we tore down a neighborhood to build an arena in the Hill District,” Mr. Ravenstahl said. “We’re going to, now, tear down an arena and rebuild a neighborhood. The Hill District deserves no less, and we’re working very hard with them.”

Rev. Simms wrote in an Op-Ed piece for Teq Magazine in April 2006:

Forty years ago, we tore down a neighborhood and built an arena. Now, we have a chance to tear down an arena and rebuild a neighborhood.



  1. danopsu
    October 12, 2007 8:25 am

    When I origianlly read that in the paper this AM, the first thing I thought of was that he had to get it from somewhere

  2. Greg
    October 12, 2007 8:35 am

    It was before Lukes time……lol

  3. Bram R
    October 12, 2007 8:57 am

    so was it 30 or 40 years ago?

  4. MaybeSomedayThereWillBeARepublicanMayor
    October 12, 2007 9:09 am

    The problem is that regardless of how much Luke screws up, he will still be elected because city residents just walk in and pull the democrat lever for mayor. It’s amazing that New York City can elect a Republican mayor — yet no one in this town is going to give Mark DeSantis a chance to change things. This town gets what it deserves until it opens its eyes to new leadership.

  5. Moe the Dog
    October 12, 2007 9:15 am

    The mayor has no clothes, burghers, the mayor has no clothes!

  6. NoSide15212
    October 12, 2007 9:16 am

    Nice work PittGirl. If Joe Biden has taught us anything, and clearly he hasn’t taught some of us anything, it is the Golden Rule of poliics: “thy work should by thine own.” Now the “BIDEN ’08” sticker on the back of Luke’s tricycle makes sense to me.

    It seems to me that every time a choice must be made between “what is right” and “what can I get away,” Luke errs on the side of President of Delta Chi at Faber College.

  7. REARless
    October 12, 2007 9:28 am

    Not to defend the little punk but…

    Does Lukey writes his own speeches?

    (Or Google them for plagiarisms?)

  8. ItsMe
    October 12, 2007 9:36 am

    Hey MaybeSomeday – You are so right. The city people who vote these Demos get what they deserve. But what about those of us who actually vote for a change? We have to suffer right along with them. It’s just like all the idiots that voted for Swindell aka Rendell – especially after he told us all that he WOULD raise taxes in Pennsylvania.

    Things will NEVER change around here.

  9. Burgh Baby's Mom
    October 12, 2007 9:40 am

    The fact that Mellon Arena/the Civic Arena was built in 1961 shows that neither one of them knows how to use Google. (Although, Rev. Simms would win the Showcase Showdown for coming the closest, without going over.)

  10. danopsu
    October 12, 2007 9:40 am

    Preach on MaybeSomeday….Preach on!

    Im just glad I dont live downtown

  11. YinzerChick
    October 12, 2007 9:42 am

    Only steal from the best!

  12. spoon
    October 12, 2007 9:46 am

    everyone knows that the Mellon Arena was originally built to burn witches during The Great Samuel Pettigrew Witch Hunt of 1834. It was known then as “Earth” since yinzers then didn’t know the earth was round. It wasn’t until Pittsburgh’s first school was built 300 years ago in 1976 that the city received it’s first globe and finally understood what a “Left turn at Albuquerque” looked like.

    crazy times man, crazy times.

  13. PittGirl
    October 12, 2007 10:03 am

    BBM and Spoon,


  14. M. Silenus
    October 12, 2007 10:06 am

    So was Lukey plagiarizinig from the same ghostwriter that Simms used? I’m pretty sure Simms was shilling for Isle of Capri when he uttered that oh-so-hopeful line. To be fair, maybe Simms wrote his own propaganda. Lukey could at least do the same. Ick.

  15. Zsa
    October 12, 2007 11:10 am

    Everyone saying maybe someday we’ll get a Republican mayor…

    The Republicans have to move back into the City first.

  16. parking chair
    October 12, 2007 11:32 am

    Come on, folks,! instead of dividing the city, we should be uniting it. Workign together instead of pointign fingers.

    For a change, ask not what Pittsburgh can do for you – ask what you can do for Pittsburgh.

    i’m just sayin’.

  17. Susanne
    October 12, 2007 11:39 am

    The fact is a lot of the blue collar mentality we all find endearing has the deep set idea that makes them an automatic democrat. I remember coming home as a young girl just learning about party beliefs and asking my dad what he believed. He said, “we work hard, we dont have a lot we are democrats.”
    We as citizens need to educate ourselves on the issues and make an informed opinion. It should start with VOTING. I live in the worst example of fair government and poor citizenship, New Jersey. I feel your pain.

  18. Jonathan Potts
    October 12, 2007 12:02 pm

    Let’s not forget that while we are tearing one arena down, we are building another one in its place. It’s naive to think the results will be better this time around.

  19. The Bag of Health and Politics
    October 12, 2007 12:34 pm

    Well we should’ve known, plagiarists are liars, and we know that lying is one subject that Luke excels at.

  20. a visual tinkle
    October 12, 2007 3:40 pm

    I don’t know what the problem is for voting for a republican? Lots of people in this town are “DINO”s anyway. Me, I’m a Democrat for Desantis. Anybody has got to be better then lukey.

  21. imalover
    October 12, 2007 4:17 pm

    it’s all semantics… one say 30 years, one says 40 years.. they are both wrong.. who cares? we should all unite for a better ‘burgh!

  22. Ed Heath
    October 12, 2007 10:22 pm

    Hey Matt, You’re in school. What do you think of plagurism?

  23. Doug
    October 13, 2007 10:20 am

    What I thought was a brilliant piece of campaign literature appeared in my snail mail box from DeSantis this week. It talks about how being “progressive” does not have to always mean Democrat. PittGirl, I bet you can get your hands on a copy of that to scan and post here. We have to unite on this team project of turning that place Lukey goes to once or twice a week from its current sand box full of all the candy treats (golf outings, toby keith concerts, and “free” rides in the big homeland security vehicles) back to a City Hall where real, fully-grown adults toil for the citizenry.

  24. caoch99
    October 13, 2007 6:18 pm

    The people of Pgh are so afraid of electing a Republican mayor and losing all the patronage jobs they hold from the years of Democratic public feedbag. Jesus could run and he would lose.

  25. Chipped Ham
    October 13, 2007 10:52 pm

    Yah, working as a lobbyist and promoting the exportation of jobs overseas… really progressive, folks. Anyone that is a Democrat for DeSantis needs to do their homework.

  26. Bram R
    October 14, 2007 12:56 pm

    You mean like Bill Clinton?

  27. danopsu
    October 15, 2007 7:54 am

    Well said coach…Jesus, himself could run as a republican in this town and still lose