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Published by James O'Toole on .

Bill Peduto will travel to the backyard of declared mayoral candidate  Michael Lamb, and presumed candidate Jack Wagner Thursday morning to showcase a few high profile endorsements.  

Along with his patron, County Executive Rich Fitzgerald, the East End councilman will be joined by council colleagues  Natalia Rudiak and Bruce Kraus,and state Rep. Erin Molchany, whose districts cover many of the neighborhoods south of the rivers where both  Lamb and Wagner have their political roots. The press conference comes on the eve of the Allegheny County endorsement meeting Sunday where Lamb will be unopposed for the party backing.  

At a time when Mayor Luke Ravenstahl seemed to have a lock on the party imprimatur, and Lamb and Peduto were his only rivals, the East End councilman made the tactical decision not to compete for the  endorsement, a decision he may now regret given the mayor's stunning decision not to seek re-election.  The press conference is also calculated to anticipate the campaign debut of Mr. Wagner, whose allies are circulating nominating petitions on his behalf.  The former auditor general is returning from a truncated vacation in Israel and is expected to formally announce his bid for the office he first sought in 1993 on his return.   The press conference, not coincidentally, is scheduled for The Cannon, a Brookline Boulevard coffee shop where Lamb kicked off his campaign a few weeks ago. You can read the Peduto release, with its affirmations of what a swell guy his allies think he is, (and at least one typo)  after the jump:

March 6, 2013, Pittsburgh, PA – South Pittsburgh leaders City Councilwoman Natalia Rudiak, State Representative Erin C. Molchany, and City Councilman Bruce Kraus, will announce their endorsement of Bill Peduto for mayor. This influential group will be joined by Allegheny County Executive Rich Fitzgerald Thursday, March 7 at 9:50 a.m. at Cannon Coffee, 802 Brookline Boulevard.Bill has a clear vision for revitalizing all of our city neighborhoods, and a track record of growth in his district on which to stand,” says Councilwoman Rudiak.
 
Representative Molchany says, “Bill has built bridges with local and state officials and has a vision for Pittsburgh toward which we can all work together – this city deserves nothing less.”
 
Kraus adds, “The seven years I have known Bill have fashioned my faith and trust in his ability to represent all of Pittsburgher’s increasingly diverse residents and offer real commitment in strengthening the city’s public safety bureau.”
 
County Executive Fitzgerald is pleased support is mounting for Peduto. “The endorsements from Rep. Molchany and council members Rudiak and
Kraus truly reflect that Bill Peduto's message is resonating throughout the City, including in the South Hills. These three leaders bring an important perspective to the mayor's race, and join a constantly growing list of supporters for Bill's candidacy that will lead him to a strong win this May.”
 
This announcements comes on the heels of endorsements from SEIU Local 32BJ, the largest property service workers union in the country, and the Laborers’ District Council of Western Pennsylvania, one of the largest labor councils in the United States representing building construction workers

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