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Monday, November 26, 2012

Is it just me, or does it sound like Bill Peduto might be running for something?

Posted By on Mon, Nov 26, 2012 at 10:27 AM

Not that I'm an expert in reading political tea leaves or anything, but does it sound like Bill Peduto might be trying to ... tell us something via Twitter this morning?


Then there's this e-mail he sent around ... which would be perhaps the shortest campaign announcement in political history since "Veni, Vidi, Vici" (postcards with a similar message started hitting mailboxes last week):

Of course, it's no secret that Peduto has been gearing up for a mayoral run. But he's previously said that a final decision would have to come after the Presidential election, and would depend on his ability to raise funds. Based on the emanations from East End this morning, the only question now is when he will make the formal declaration. Best guess: It will be at his 5th annual holiday party, which this year will be held Dec. 13. And while you're waiting to get your gown back from the cleaners, you can check out
Chris Briem's look at the election landscape here

Thursday, September 27, 2012

Peduto: Putting the pedal to the metal

Posted By on Thu, Sep 27, 2012 at 9:17 PM

"Want to know how serious I am about this campaign?" Bill Peduto asked me, speaking from his cell phone. "I'm driving a Ford."

Which is a joke, of course, but one intended to suggest that Peduto -- whose previous cars have included a Saab, a high-mileage Audi, and a presentable Cooper Mini -- is no longer content to be mayor of the tony East End. His campaign to challenge Luke Ravenstahl in next year's mayoral race, though not officially announced, was made public today. And it began, significantly enough, with a high-profile contribution from Allegheny County Executive Rich Fitzgerald.

"It was Rich's idea to make the announcement through his e-mail," says Peduto, who notes that he was an early backer of Fitzgerald's 2011 county executive campaign -- even though the early favorite had been rival Democrat Mark Patrick Flaherty. Fitzgerald's $8,000 contribution -- the most allowed under the city's campaign finance rules -- will help Peduto put together the bare bones of a campaign. "It's not an endorsement because I haven't officially announced my candidacy yet," says Peduto. "But I think it sends a message."

And that message, he hopes, will be: Bill Peduto is ready to go all-city.

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