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: