Wagner spot hits Peduto Homewood, tax votes

Published by Tim McNulty on .

The thrust-and-parry of the Pittsburgh mayor's race continues today with a new attack ad from the Jack Wagner campaign.

Last week Team Wagner went positive as the Bill Peduto campaign attacked him. With exactly two weeks until the May 21 Democratic primary Team Peduto went positive today while the Wagner forces are swinging back with their own negative spot, hammering the councilman on a Homewood housing project he opposed (it's also the "senior housing" in the ad) and for battling with fellow councilors Darlene Harris and Ricky Burgess.

The attack ad on the councilman from Mayor Luke Ravenstahl also hit the Homewood vote. Peduto has said he voted against the Homewood project due to concerns there was not enough consultation with neighborhood leaders.

The new Wagner spot's mention of a proposed property tax hike concerns an idea some on council floated in 2003 when the city was facing a $42 million budget shortfall.

Said the Wagner campaign:

"This ad speaks for itself. After weeks of spending hundreds of thousands of dollars on dishonest attacks misrepresenting Jack Wagner's career of fighting for progressive principles, Bill Peduto must now face the truth about his own career as a divisive politician in a dysfunctional government," said Wagner for Mayor Campaign Manager Henry De Koninck.

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