Not being exactly on the best terms with Mayor Luke Ravenstahl and his shadowy PAC, his latest ad comes courtesy of my shaky iPhone.
Ravenstahl's PAC "Committee for a Better Pittsburgh" is back with its second attack ad on rival Bill Peduto's mayoral bid, containing a hodge-podge of opposition material on the Democratic contender in the May 21 primary. FCC records show he'll be on air through primary day next week.
The mayor's first third-party spot claimed the councilman opposed development in largely black neighborhoods while pushing it in his East End community. This one goes into police pensions, parking rates and other fairly common attacks but goes after seniors and pocket book issues at the end.
The main new attack here seems to be the thing about taking public money for exotic trips: the claim here is from a personal trip Peduto made in 2008 to Boston, Turkey, Washington and Norway that began with a conference on public pensions at Harvard paid for with city tax dollars. Peduto got a ruling from the city Ethics Board approving the trip.
"Bill Peduto: A risk Pittsburgh can't afford," it says at the end, over vaguely Soviet-style graphics.
UPDATE: The Peduto campaign has repeatedly tried to tie mayoral rival Jack Wagner to the ads, and did so again in the response from spokeswoman Sonya Toler:
These blatant distortions reflect how desperate the Wagner campaign is getting as voters learn the truth about his siding with Republicans on budget cuts that harmed children and seniors, while increasing his own pay and raising his own pension 50 percent.
Full script -- and Peduto fact-check -- after the jump.