Our first post-election tea-leaves story of the day concerns more on the mayoral proxy skirmishing from last night's results, and particularly the Ed Gainey and Erin Molchany city legislative wins helmed by Bill Peduto's political guy, Matt Merriman-Preston.
The wins showed a progressive Democrat like Peduto can take on the old guard (and no Pittsburgh guard is older-er than in the 19th ward) and the Ravenstahl forces come next year's race, writes Chris Potter at City Paper:
Arguably, though, the biggest winners last night were Matt Merriman-Preston -- who managed both the Gainey and Molchany campaigns -- and the politician for whom Merriman-Preston acts as field marshal: city councilor Bill Peduto. Last night's results showed that voters across the city are ready for new faces and a progressive message -- the same message Peduto will no doubt campaign on during his likely run against Mayor Luke Ravenstahl next year. The outcomes also suggested that the old guard's grip on power is increasingly arthritic.
Want proof? Take a closer look at Molchany's win. Not long ago, some no-talent hack contended that Schmotzer had the edge in this race, because he had the Democratic Party endorsement and Wagner's backing. The 19th makes up a large chunk of the district: When combined with Schmotzer's own clout -- he was a longtime school board member in the Baldwin-Whitehall district, which overlaps some of the 22nd -- Schomtzer looked tough to beat.
And yet Wagner couldn't deliver his own backyard. The 19th ward, in fact, is where Molchany had her best numbers.