Len Barcousky has the story on Chuck Martoni -- aka "the Masked Marvel," "Johnny Walker" and "Charlie Rose" while a former studio wrestler -- taking over the presidency of Allegheny County Council from state Democratic party chairman Jim Burn.
And Joe Smydo reviews the changes across Forbes Avenue in Pittsburgh City Council Chambers. The jury is still out on whether this means Mayor Luke Ravenstahl has a new, veto-proof supermajority on council, but it has also prompted some questions about the role of Patrick Dowd in the drama.
I don't know where the Highland Park councilman stands exactly either, but while Dowd is no friend of fellow East Ender Bill Peduto, but he's not with the mayor either. He joined the bloc voting against the mayoral pension/parking lease plan, and clashes aggressively with the mayor's finance director on water/sewer issues. Nor is Dowd tied to Darlene Harris, despite voting for her as president -- hell, he knocked her off the Pittsburgh Public Schools board and isn't close to her at all. And remember his district is heavy on city workers (of the type to support the Ravenstahl administration) who live in Stanton Heights/Morningside.