City Councilman Bill Peduto showcased a quartet of new labor endorsements Tuesday, and he will announce the support of his colleague, Councilman Patrick Dowd, Wednesday as he engages in a battle of perception with former Auditor General Jack Wagner over who has the most momentum in the Pittsburgh mayor's race. The Peduto announcement follows the decision by his former rival, city Controller Michael Lamb, to leave the race and throw his support to former Auditor General Jack Wagner. Mr. Wagner had staged his own show of union support last week when he appeared with the leaders of four influential city employees' unions. The competing displays of support will continue in the coming days as the Peduto campaign plans a series of new endorsement news conferences. The councilman's latest officials supporters are the AFSCME District Council 84; the United Food and Commercial Workers, local 23; the Sheet Metal Workers local 12; and the International Alliance of Theatrical Stage Employees.
Mr. Dowd was an unsuccessful candidate for the Democratic nomination for mayor in 2009. You can read the Peduto release after the jump: