Lukey is a rock star.

Unofficial results showed Mr. Ravenstahl winning by 63 percent to 35 percent.

Thank you Pittsburgh!” he shouted to a crowd of fans at the Westin Convention Center Hotel. Responding to someone in the crowd, he said, “I love you, too.”

Fans? Not “supporters” or “backers” or “people forcefully ushered in from the street by Yarone Zober?” He is such a rock star.

Oh, you guys. Don’t be sad. It is not the end of the world, okay?

You knew Lukey was going to win.

I don’t care if the Democrat candidate has a mullet, six teeth (wait, have all of Lukey’s teeth come in yet?), and a criminal record thanks to his penchant for drunkenly throwing bricks over the Parkway East when the Steelers lose … and the Republican candidate is Jesus.

This is Pittsburgh. The old ladies vote in droves and they couldn’t bring themselves to touch a Republican lever/button for all the butterscotch candies in the world.

The only way Lukey will lose is if he loses a primary to another Democrat. Just not Bill Peduto, okay?

Also? Mark DeSantis?:

He said he was “doggone excited and proud” of the result.

OMG. Did he just say doggone? Man, if he became mayor I so would have started the Mark DeSantis Doggone Drinking Game because that is awesome. More awesome? Daggum.

Lukey said:

He thanked family, staff, organized labor and his “lovely wife, Erin, who keeps me grounded, who keeps me focused, who keeps me in line.”

Wow. Suddenly I have a picture in my mind of Erin Ravenstahl holding a whip and saying something along the lines of “Bad boy! No more proclamations for you!” She sounds fierce.

Erin Ravenstahl for Mayor 2009!

I bet she’d do something about the pigeons.


  1. burbchickie
    November 7, 2007 9:41 am

    Just like the 60s had sex, drugs, and rock-n-roll, and the 70s had bell bottoms and ironed hair, we have a mayor in 2007 who doesn’t remember any of that stuff!! WOOHOO!!

  2. Pensgirl
    November 7, 2007 9:59 am

    burbchickie, to be fair, even a mayor who lived through the 60s and 70s may not have remembered them. ;)

    But your point is taken.

  3. Woy
    November 7, 2007 10:06 am

    I thought the same thing at reading “doggone”. He also probably mentioned off the record that he was “darn tootin'” that he’d “fix that daggummit meddling kid” Luke Ravenstahl the next time around.

    Who would have thought we had a shot at having Yosemite Sam mayor?

  4. Bram R
    November 7, 2007 10:09 am

    “lovely wife, Erin, who keeps me grounded, who keeps me focused, who keeps me in line.”

    So now she’s the fall guy? Chief Nate Harper all tapped out? The next time the Mayor is groundless, unfocused and out of line, the media circus is to descend upon HER? Well, if you insist Luke, have it your way …. real sweet setup you’ve got going there.

  5. burbchickie
    November 7, 2007 10:26 am


  6. bucdaddy
    November 7, 2007 10:53 am

    You vote Democratic forever, you get the government you deserve. Take it from a West Virginian (actually just voted in as the new state motto: “West Virginia: Run by Democrats for 80 years, and all we got are these lousy Hot Spots”).

  7. coach99
    November 7, 2007 11:26 am

    Pittsburgh will NEVER elect a non democrat because everyone in this town either works for the city or has a relative that works for the city or gets ‘favors’ from the city. They are scared to death to lose any of that.

  8. Justin Kownacki
    November 7, 2007 11:32 am

    But… but all we need to do is start believing in Pittsburgh!

    Luke SAID SO!

    Silly me — here I was, believing in government responsibility and progressive policy this whole time…

  9. parking chair
    November 7, 2007 11:56 am

    So, she “keeps him grounded, keeps him focused, and keeps him in line”?

    Imagine what he would be acting like WITHOUT her. Her ancestors must have been can herders.

  10. plexxer
    November 7, 2007 12:08 pm

    You had me at ‘Erin Ravensthal holding a whip’. Meow.

  11. pasta
    November 7, 2007 7:54 pm

    After he won, I heard he hot-wired a city fire truck and went down to the south side!

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  13. NoSide15212
    November 8, 2007 7:54 am


    Mr. Ravenstahl, the nation’s youngest big city mayor at 27, campaigned on the “Republicans are baaaaad” platform. Democrat voters, with a 5-to-1 registration edge, chose to follow the bleating sheep like lemmings over a cliff.

  14. danopsu
    November 8, 2007 8:11 am

    As previously stated…”Jesus Christ himself could run as a Republican and not win in this town”.

    Rock on Luke Ravenstahls Most Liveable City…Rock on…

  15. NoSide15212
    November 8, 2007 8:29 am

    Nice picture of a city voter coming out of the polling place…

  16. Josh Wander
    November 8, 2007 9:13 am

    I wonder how Mark would have done if he ran as an Independent?

  17. mer-man
    November 8, 2007 9:29 pm

    That describes Luke to a T: Grounded, focused and in-line.

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