I think that there is an argument of “moral stature” and ideology here, and it doesn’t necessarily belong in the discussion. Building a group of supportive (and challenging) council members isn’t an issue of ‘good’ or ‘bad’, but rather, productivity. Sure, Peduto has a vision, and this ‘coalition’ he’s building is to achieve that vision. He’s a progressive, and welcomes a forum of ideas that will challenge him and serve as a catalyst for growth. Does that mean that Gross will be a yes-man (or woman, forgive my sociological trappings)? No, it doesn’t. Of course democrats and progressives will support other liberals…they have similar (but not necessarily identical) goals! But that doesn’t mean that if a democrat supports a democrat, there is some sort of unspoken adherence to an identical and cohesive agenda. There is not a Ravenstahl-esque expectation of a payout here…there is merely an expectation of healthy and productive communication. Unlike Ceoffe, who has clearly utilized political connection for a distinct payout (supporting family, advancing himself rather quickly), Peduto’s goals are not so selfish. Peduto’s lack of endorsement may be because of Ceoffe’s reliance on the vestigial remnants of the old school ‘Burgh political machine. Furthermore, to claim (without any sort of evidential support), that Deb’s success is dependent upon Peduto is shortsighted. What I can offer (which is more than this article gives), is personal experience. She is extremely good at maintaining and building relationships. I was a volunteer, and she remembered me quite well (after only meeting me once). That sort of relationship-building is a valuable skill, and her political prowess can be attributed to it.
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