So Bill Peduto wrote to me regarding my post about the war between Lukey and City Council.
I won’t post his response verbatim, but basically he gave me some info on Act 47, take home cars, and blah blah blah. Not important (to me).
So I wrote Bill back:
The point of my post wasn’t so much about the Act 47 Levels, but more the bickering and maneuvering that’s going on between City Council and Lukey lately. I mean, you’re basically agreeing that there’s some sort of internal war going on and tell me this. How are we as a people supposed to feel about that? How are we supposed to know who is REALLY looking out for our best interests. THAT is a question I would love to have answered.
I guess there is no way for the public to really know who is fighting for them and who is fighting for personal interest. The dilemma is probably as old as politics itself. As a basic rule, I would always start with past actions. Look at the characters on both sides and look at their history. In this case, who stood up for the general public in the past and who defended special interests? Who is on record lying to the media and who isn’t? What ‘benefits” are there for both sides – who is protecting their own interest?
I know it is complicated and the last thing anyone should do is trust a politician. But I am pretty proud to be on a team with Dowd, Burgess, Shields and Kraus.
There is a battle going on in City Hall, one that is long past due. There is a delicate power transfer to Council, which could change with one defection. Last year, it was 8-1 – now we have a 5-4 majority. I guess it will be up to us to prove to the public that we are the guys in the white hats. Aristotle would be proud.
PS: In case you have been pining about the whereabouts of your self-united husband on Valentine’s Day (s-uh Conrad) – I can tell you, he was alone. We both flew-solo to dinner at the Braddock Elk’s at the invitation of Mayor Fetterman. It was David Lynch meets Frank Capra meets western PA. I have a polaroid – yes, a polaroid. And you are correct – David is a great person. I have known him for five years and I am continually impressed with how humble he is and how much he loves Pittsburgh. Keep blogging and I will keep reading!
So let’s recap what we’ve learned:
1. There is a war between Lukey and City Council
2. David Conrad is a great person.
3. Pigeons must die.