With a sharp shot at mayoral candidate Bill Peduto, City Council President Darlene Harris joined the leaders of five building trades unions in endorsing former Auditor General Jack Wagner for the Democratic nomination for mayor.
In her prepared remarks, Mrs. Harris offered a thinly veiled criticism of her colleague, Mr. Peduto. Ms. Harris, said she was supporting Mr. Wagner because the city does not need a mayor "who doesn't work well with others,'' and holds "petty grudges'' for years.
In response to questions, she made her criticism explicit as she said that Mr. Peduto had sought her endorsement for mayor two years ago, and made his support for her bid to be council president conditional on her support in the pending mayor's race.
"I don't cut deals,'' said Mrs. Harris, who was herself a candidate for mayor until last week. She said there had been no quid pro quo for support for Mr. Wagner.
The former auditor general appeared with his new supporters at the South Side headquarters of the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers, where he was introduced by Mike Dunleavy, business manager of IBEW Local 5.Also appearing to support his candidacy were officials ofnthebGreater Pittsburgh Council of Carpenters, Steamfitters Lcoal 449, Plumbers Local 27, and the Painters District Council 57.