Bill Peduto. Fresh. Young. Odd.

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Bill Peduto announced his official running for the Mayor yesterday.

“Bill Peduto, even though he’s relatively young, has significant experience — probably, it can be argued, as significant experience as the mayor does,” said John Brabender, a South Side-based political consultant.

“The strangest part has been going from the fresh young voice in city government to its elder statesman,” Mr. Peduto said.

I’ve never considered Billy to be either a “fresh young voice” or an “elder statesman.” I’ve always considered him to be the City Council member who oddly gives me the heebie jeebies, yet I haven’t a clue why.

I think it’s his hair. Or his nose. Or his two chins. Or … him.


    January 23, 2007 9:50 pm

    It’s uncanny. Sometimes I swear you read my mind.

  2. Woy
    January 23, 2007 11:01 pm

    I’ve been trying to think of who he looks like for a while now, and it finally donned on me.

    January 24, 2007 8:11 am

    “who oddly gives me the heebie jeebies …”

    I think penicillin cures that.

    In his defense, this is an old photo. A similarly aged photo of Ravenstahl would be from junior prom.

  4. Geat
    January 24, 2007 9:14 am

    Odd is right on the mark. I think if he wore a siver-haired wig, perhaps used a cane, he could pass for an old lady.

  5. Dano
    January 24, 2007 9:56 am

    Didnt see this trainwreck coming…the man has been plotting to run for mayor as soon as Luke took office…and yes “heebie jeebies” would be the correct term.

  6. Julie_Gong
    January 24, 2007 9:58 am

    I hate that half smirk on his face and his creepy 1992 glasses. I don’t think someone who was ‘fresh’ would be in those glasses and a turtle neck. Do you? Right.. NO!

  7. CapitolMAN
    January 24, 2007 9:58 am

    I fond of Jon McIntire’s nickname for Bill – Mr. Pedutohead.

  8. Bob
    January 24, 2007 10:36 am

    If all of the members of The Affordable Floors had somehow gotten together and had a child, said child would look exactly like Bill Peduto.

  9. parking chair
    January 24, 2007 10:51 am

    Will the departure of “The Chin,” maybe this is just the guy Pittsburgh needs.

  10. Dee
    January 24, 2007 11:23 am

    Totally agree with Julie Gong- those glasses do not help. He looks a bit like a cross between a pudgy Pee-Wee Herman and a 70’s porn producer.

  11. Anthony
    January 24, 2007 12:08 pm

    Bob, I’m probably one of the few people who gets that, but you are correct. Thank you for planting that disturbing thought in my head.

  12. pgh131
    January 24, 2007 12:08 pm

    There aren’t many good looking politicians out there. At his announcement the other night, Bill even said that he got a hair cut, got rid of the glasses and lost weight. He would be the first person to make fun of himself in old pictures. I really hope that the mayoral campaign won’t be won on looks. The issues to solve Pittsburgh’s problems need to be brought to attention.

  13. Tim
    January 24, 2007 12:16 pm

    That’s a terrible picture, and although it is fun to poke fun at people’s headshots, it’s frightening that this is the beginning & end of most Pittsburghers’ analysis of a candidate.

  14. Woy
    January 24, 2007 1:22 pm

    Exactly Tim!

    The public should know exactly who Peduto supported to be the head coach.

  15. Zsa
    January 25, 2007 11:07 am

    Bob, I can see your point; however, I think Peduto looks more like he actually ATE all the members of the Affordable Floors. What would you call that? A chinneck?

    For the younguns who haven’t the faintest what/who we’re babbling about, here’s a link.

  16. parking chair
    January 25, 2007 5:34 pm

    the floors were affordable, and the chins were so affordble he bought TWO!

    (insert rim shot here)

    drums, that is

  17. PicaU
    January 26, 2007 2:55 pm

    What kills me about Peduto, and why I won’t vote for him (I’m not a big Ravenstahl fan either), is that the man hasn’t had an original thought or idea in his life. He’s so transparent, it’s ridiculous. Today, he calls for student housing inspections? Really? Did you just realize that this was an issue? Yea, Peduto, it is…and this was brought to light a few months ago. Nice job on jumping on the bandwagon. You’re either that slow, or are getting really bad campaign advice. How about calling some attention to a “new” topic that you found on your own?

  18. Tim
    January 27, 2007 6:35 pm

    PicaU: If you’re concerned about originality, check out Ravenstahl’s track record:

    1. Wi-Fi: Peduto promotes the idea & negotiates an agreement with a provider, it’s installed during O’Connor’s tenure: Luke takes credit for it despite having done nothing but show up the day the vote took place
    2. Public Safety Director: Luke makes the ridiculous nomination of Denny Regan, Peduto recommends Mike Huss instead – fast foward a few months: Luke nominates…Mike Huss!
    3. Pgh.’s Promise (lie): Mark Roosevelt creates, mentions to Luke – a few days later, despite the fact that not a dime has been contributed to the project, Luke announces that he & Roosevelt have created a new scholarship fund for Pgh. Public School students
    4. Redd-Up: Plainly, an O’Connor initiative – whose face is plastered right over the dead mayor’s? Who went out and plastered his face over even more billboards and spent our tax dollars on campaign literature announcing this already worn-out idea of “redd-up” – yeah, Luke
    Oh, there’s more…but my fingers are tired.

  19. Ed Heath
    January 27, 2007 10:58 pm

    Anyone remember Dan Cohen? I’m sure someone will ip up with how slimy Cohen was, but I was always impressed with the idea that a Kirkpatrick Lockhart lawyer took the obvious paycut to run for city council, and how long Dan stayed there. Peduto I guess worked for him. Yeah, Peduto looks creepy, but to me he’s got a good pedigree and he can’t be much worse than Opie…

    Come on, somebody say something about taking him out for walk.

  20. PicaU
    January 28, 2007 6:43 pm

    Well, Tim, you obviously are a Peduto supporter, and didn’t read my entire post, since I clearly stated that I wasn’t a Ravenstahl fan either. Your points are correct, except for the Wi-Fi. I happen to be on the board of the organization that brought the Wi-Fi idea into downtown. Peduto did in fact promote the idea, but only after the PDP had announced in the media that they were looking into the idea…another bandwagon jump for Peduto. The agreement was negotiated by the PDP and the Mayor’s office, not Peduto.