Oh, Lukey.

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“Myself and other individuals in the front were really not even in control of ourselves,” he said. “We couldn’t control ourselves because of the force from behind.”

Then Officer Hoehn, the mayor said, “went charging into the crowd, a crowd that included men, women and children, at which time he was very aggressive and authoritative.”

“At which time I, verbally, expressed my objections to the manner in which he was treating the crowd at Heinz Field that evening,” Mr. Ravenstahl said.

So Lukey was kinda sorta arrested … well, detained in 2005 at a game at Heinz Field when he admittedly was a little out of control with a security officer and he admittedly had a bit to drink.

Some things we can know for almost certain:

1. Peduto or some other rival is at the bottom of this getting out.

2. Lukey is breathing a big huge sigh of relief that this has finally gotten out. You know it’s been on his mind for a long time … just waiting for it. Now he can address it and move on … or rather move FORWARD.

3. At some point in time during the election frenzy, you will see a commercial paid for by the Friends of Bill Peduto that features a photo of Lukey with the words “Myself and other individuals … we couldn’t control ourselves” superimposed over his face. I’m telling you.

4. Lukey is still going to win the election.

On another note, if you do a Google image search for the word “Ravenstahl”, this is the 18th image to pop up:

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I’ll let you make your own joke.


  1. Fan
    January 19, 2007 10:17 am

    Luke incognito on his way to work after the Penguins march out of town.

  2. Judge Rufus Peckham
    January 19, 2007 10:56 am

    Most offensive is Ravenstahl’s use of the untriggered reflexive: “Myself and other individuals . . . .” And he’s a college graduate?

    The current Mayor of Pittsburgh was actually handcuffed and detained ten months before he became Mayor, while he was President of City Council. How many of you have ever been handcuffed at a Steelers game? Sorry, this is news. Whether the detention was warranted or not, the people have a right to know the full story, if only to assess if he’s fit to be Mayor.

  3. mimi
    January 19, 2007 11:23 am

    Hey, have any of you listened to some of the people on the radio and TV lately? Are they not college grads? Some of them come up with words that are positively not in the English language and, if one is, it is not used correctly. Rob Pratte is a good one for that. Ugh.

  4. ethan
    January 19, 2007 11:35 am

    Pittsburgh speak. I hear it from even the most educated professionals in business meetings.

    If you’re going to recognize and celebrate peculiar lifestyle characteristics like the regional colloquialisms and blue collar attitudes (e.g., How Pittsburgh Are You), isn’t it hypocritical to criticize your elected leaders who exhibit the qualities that the masses and the media seem to value?

    Was he handcuffed and detained ten months AGO or handcuffed and detained FOR ten months? I’d be concerned about the latter; not so much the former. Our city’s finest do not have the best track record when it comes to MOVING FORWARD from the old-school tactics of swift force: knock some heads and let the courts sort it out. Ravenstahl’s objections to the officer’s actions are likely valid.



  5. theburgher
    January 19, 2007 11:35 am

    Ah, clearly Peduto is responsible.
    He obviously wanted a big story to break right before he announced that would make his announcement have less of an impact.
    And, clearly, he wanted to be talking about this instead of his ideas.
    And, clearly, he wanted a negative story to break four months before the election so Luke would have no way to clear the story up.

  6. Judge Rufus Peckham
    January 19, 2007 12:00 pm

    If the detaining cop and any other witnesses would tell their side of it, it would go a long way toward putting this incident to rest. Let’s air it out, right now, and be done with it. I’m sure that’s what Rich Lord at the P-G is doing. Unfortunately, even if turns out to be much ado about nothing, the Mayor’s political enemies will keep bringing it up, but that’s what happens in this business.

  7. Bram
    January 19, 2007 12:03 pm

    I would never have let young Luke out of that interview without asking how exactly he was dressed for that Halloween tailgate.

  8. Anthony
    January 19, 2007 12:08 pm

    $20 says Ethan has protested in front of the military recruiting office on Forbes in Oakland before.

  9. Tim
    January 19, 2007 1:27 pm

    Everytime Luke opens his mouth to give a free-style interview, some lie, 1/2-truth or grotesque over or under-exaggeration flies out – This man cannot be left alone for 2 seconds to govern – Just close your eyes and think about it – you’re negotiating a million or 50 million dollar deal, you’re nervous, you want everything to be perfect – and your entire future rests on the shoulders of THIS clown? Hey, when he fails, he’ll just blame O’Connor, some woman or some cop.

    P.S. The cop isn’t going to talk – he might lose out on working all those overtime details at sporting events.

  10. Matt H
    January 19, 2007 1:58 pm


    People know the story. The story that Luke told to the media is the truth. I agree that this is a story that should be out there but no one shouls cast any type of negative judgement against Luke because of it. He didn’t do anything wrong.

  11. Matt H
    January 19, 2007 2:00 pm


    The 1st caller to Marty Griffin today on the radio was a witness to the event and he claimed that Lukes version of the story was exactly how it happened.

    I happen to know that caller and I believe him. I also have spoken to someone else who was right there and they stated his version is true.

  12. Inside Pittsburgh
    January 19, 2007 5:30 pm

    Ravenstahl’s campaign let this out. They’re trying to get some issues out of the way now, so they will have less of an impact down the line.

  13. non-witness
    January 19, 2007 5:31 pm

    well, as a witness of much more of Opie’s behavior than the caller (I’m assuming this, based on 4 years of first hand observation), and I’m certainly not calling the caller a liar, I wasn’t there, don’t let his giant smile fool you: He’s a dick. Most likely, he was drunk. And knowing how he got into politics, he’s not afraid to make a few calls and use what pull he has.

  14. theburgher
    January 19, 2007 6:52 pm


    WPXI’s Rick Earle just dropped a bombshell. A Police Officer’s account is nothing like Ravenstahl’s story.

  15. PittCheMBA
    January 19, 2007 10:31 pm

    Let the mud slinging begin. The election campaign for the mayor of the City of Pittsburgh has unoffically started.

  16. mimi
    January 20, 2007 1:11 am

    Well, obviously the Force was with Luke on that Halloween night!!!

  17. VASteve
    January 20, 2007 1:33 pm

    I can just picture one of those political cartoons…with the image ofRichard Caligiuri looking down on the office of the mayor and shaking his head.

  18. Matt H
    January 20, 2007 7:19 pm

    Ravenstahls campaign did let this one out but only after McIntire did. I have had journalists tell me the story was ready to blow wide open any day now so it was only a matter of time.

  19. Matt H
    January 20, 2007 7:20 pm

    Rick Earles report didn’t show anything new. It was Mayor Ravenstahl being honest with his answers. Rick Earle ambushed Mayor Ravenstahl on the street next to the City-County bldg and asked him blanket questions.

  20. Tim
    January 22, 2007 12:05 pm


    The interim mayor lied,

    Officer Hoehn was transferred just this month to the position of his choice, and

    Hoehn’s sergeant Fisher was promised he could keep collecting money from sports teams for managing off duty security for the events.

    There’s no investigation yet by organizations that are supposedly set up to monitor corrupt behavior by police despite a very public declaration by the guy in charge that a policeman violated people’s civil rights.

  21. Ed Heath
    January 22, 2007 11:19 pm

    I caught Mayor Luke on Jon Delano’s Sunday morning program, and to hear him speak, it just seems the phrase “college graduate” doesn’t mean much anymore. I mean, he’s clear enough, but if you were to deconstruct his sentences, well, my fourth grade grammar teacher would want to rap somebody’s knuckles.
    Past that, whether Peduto is behind the story getting out, something did happen. What matters more is that Mayor Luke denied it for months. Actually, Mayor Luke might have been happy for us to be distracted from the McNeilly thing. I mean, bottom line is the Steeler game thing shows that Mayor (then Councilman, maybe Council Prez) Luke showed extraordinarily bad sense in yelling at a cop. Everybody over the age of 26 knows that yelling at a cop is the fast track to spending the night in jail, maybe paying a fine or getting a record if the cop is in a bad mood. I believe Luke didn’t do more than yell because if he laid a hand on the cop he would have landed in jail, councilman or not. In fact, a quick googling shows a column from Sunday (from the despicable Trib) listing the various councilmen who have been arrested for various interactions with cops. But the problem is Luke lied about it, and still wants to play it as though he was performing a public service instead of being a loud drunk. If Luke had identified himself to any other nearby police officer and suggested officer Hoehn’s behavior could cause injury, and possibly a costly lawsuit for the city, I’m sure the cops would have appreciated it and perhaps taken action.
    Anyway, Mayor Luke has shown a lot of poor judgment over the past few weeks. It may be enough, if there are not too many other candidates, to defeat Mayor Luke… maybe.

  22. maverick
    January 25, 2007 12:39 pm

    what a horrible picture above of mayor luke…he looks a bit yellaaa….hmmm! little boys shouldn’t drink!