I’m still working on getting the last few details about Running Lady — heretoforeverafter we shall no longer refer to her as CRAZY Running Lady, and it appears that our fundraiser for getting our sick kids their gaming systems is going to be taking off late next week or early the following week, so stay tuned for those things.

In the meantime, at a community meeting held last night to discuss ways to combat the closing of UPMC Braddock, something unexpected happened:

“He’s running for governor,” Mr. Brown said of Mr. Onorato during a time designated for public comment. “He’s not interested in us anymore.”

Mr. Fetterman then walked up and asked to speak, but Mr. Brown refused to cede the microphone. This led to a grabbing match between the two men, with crowd members booing and jeering. Eventually, Mr. Brown agreed to give the microphone to Mr. Fetterman.

“That’s a disgrace for you to play politics when our hospital is closing,” Mr. Fetterman said. “Dan is a decent man.”

Mr. Fetterman preferred to put the onus of the hospital’s closure on UPMC itself, and he noted that he repeatedly criticized the hospital giant in national media outlets.

Eventually, Mr. Brown tried to grab the microphone back from Mr. Fetterman while he was speaking, and the physically imposing Mr. Fetterman held it behind his back and above his own head to keep it out of Mr. Brown’s reach so he could keep speaking. When he finished with his comments, he gave the microphone back to Mr. Brown and left.

The P-G calls this contentious.  I call this utterly childish.

Playing keep-away in a community meeting?  Bravo.

What’s next?  Luke Ravenstahl holding Doug Shields away by his forehead while Doug tries in vain to land punches?

Bill Peduto walking up to Yarone Zober and putting a finger to his face all, “I’m not touching youuuuu.”

How about you poopyheads grow up a little bit and learn about courtesy and taking turns?

Also, flush.


  1. toni
    November 13, 2009 2:15 pm

    Nah, Lukey would be in his faux Steeler uniform imitating Mean Joe Greene or Terry Bradshaw and holding a football over Doug Shield’s head. All the while practicing his White House Super Bowl speech while budgeting his candy money, no doubt. Mom would be proud.

  2. Carpetbagger
    November 13, 2009 2:27 pm

    Don’t give them ideas. I can see hizzoner holding Patrick Dowd in a headlock and applying noogies while declaring: “I’m rubber you’re glue. Words bounce off me and stick to you.”

  3. Bram R
    November 13, 2009 2:48 pm

    Yeah, it’s tough to make the Burgh Squad look mature. Though I imagine Rich Lord has given up on reporting to us every last Wet Willie.

  4. carnegiegrl
    November 13, 2009 2:50 pm

    Unfortunately small town politics aren’t all that different everywhere else….*sigh*

  5. unsatisfied
    November 13, 2009 2:59 pm

    brown is lucky that fetterman didn’t go all UFC on his ass. that dude is HUGE.

    if only lukey had shown up and shouted, “fuck you.”

  6. chrys
    November 13, 2009 3:30 pm

    I do believe my 1st grade daughter is more mature than those idiots. It’s amazing how quickly people revert to childish ways of handling a conflict.. how sad. :P

  7. spoon
    November 13, 2009 3:51 pm

    @unsatisfied it would have sounded like this (NSFW)

  8. Uncle Crappy
    November 13, 2009 4:51 pm

    Go to your local school board meeting sometime; You’d be amazed at how often something dumb like this happens.

  9. Mayor Luke Doggy Dogg
    November 13, 2009 5:36 pm

    I would’ve walked into the meeting with some of my bitchez and ho’s from Blush and grabbed the mic’ and said: “Whut up ya’ll? Da’ Hizzoner Maya’ Lukey Luke is up in dis piece! Ya’ll have any colleges I can tax up in yo’ community?”

  10. Virginia
    November 13, 2009 5:37 pm

    LOL at Mayor Luke Doggy Dogg.

  11. Agent Ska
    November 13, 2009 8:47 pm

    Can we donate systems that we never use?

  12. Bojack
    November 13, 2009 11:21 pm

    Hey Fetterman- Here’s $5, go BUY a clue!!!

    The hospital closing is ALL ABOUT POLITICS and Mr. Brown was absolutely right-

    Like a whore wiping the john’s (UPMC) spooge from her chin, Danny npw ONLY cares about the governorship- HIS NEXT TRICK!!!!

  13. bucdaddy
    November 14, 2009 1:37 am

    With these idiots embarrassing themelves, it takes a high school kid to make Pittsburgh proud:

    Good on ya, Rachel, from a fellow champ.

  14. mindymin
    November 14, 2009 8:52 am

    nothing in our local politics surprises me at this point…they sound like my bickering employees, cuz ya know, whining is a solution to everything.

    Side note~ the boy in that pic has a very evil look on his screaming little face…he looks PISSED!

  15. Jerky
    November 14, 2009 1:41 pm

    Could Running Lady have the same issue as the girl shown in the “Flu Shot” video from here:

    It seems very possible, very interesting diagnosis.

  16. Zoberific!
    November 14, 2009 8:35 pm

    Frankly I’m suprised these idiots don’t beat the crap out of each other on a weekly basis. Some of the shouting matches between Motznik and Shields, or Dowd and Huss, or even ghetto-ass T Payne.

  17. MonsterQuads
    November 15, 2009 11:51 am

    Sounds like someone should have handed them each a diaper and baby bottle. They were probably both hungry and needed to take a poop.

  18. Ed
    November 16, 2009 2:08 pm

    I think carnegiegrl is right here. Except you can expand that to all local politics, small town or big city. And pretty much national and international politics too.

    I guess there is wisdom in Fetterman’s defending Onorato, I mean, it is not like the County could or would buy UPMC Braddock and run it, so criticizing Onorato serves no purpose and burns bridges. On the other hand, maybe Dan should be reminded he is the County Executive for the whole County, not just for UPMC.

  19. Jen
    November 16, 2009 3:18 pm

    Fetterman has undertaken a sisyphean venture with Braddock. Godspeed Brother!

    Mr. Brown, suck it!