1. O'Toole and Smydo pick apart Peduto's campaign, analyzing his sucess and quoting the candidate in between mouthfuls of victory Doritos. (For more policy, see Moriah's story.) And the spectre has been raised: Will Darlene Harris run as an independent?
3. Gov. Tom Corbett has no Latino staff members, but heck, if you can find one, let him know! Giess what: That is an actual quote. Karen Langley has the story on his non-apology. (My favorite bit: "When the woman responded that she was 'sure' there were Latinos, Mr. Corbett turned, apparently toward an audience, and asked: 'Do any one of you want to come to Harrisburg?' People off-camera laughed, and the governor raised his hands and said,'See?'")
Wander, the Republican nominee from Squirrel Hill, is the next curiosity in the Pittsburgh mayor's race. He will get dutiful mentions in months of stories leading up to the Nov. 5 general election, probably invites to debates and plenty of interviews (like at the end of this story yesterday).
And he doesn't stand a chance of winning.
There are five times as many registered Democrats as Republicans in the city, so even in a low turnout race like yesterday's Bill Peduto got 23,597 votes to 2,017 to Wander. So Peduto already has 10 times as many votes as the Republican even if every single one of the 22,000 other Democrats who voted for Wagner/Wheatley/Richardson stay home in November.
Even when Republicans have plausible candidates with good organizations -- like Mark DeSantis, a former aide to late Sen. John Heinz, in 2007 -- they get crushed. (DeSantis lost to Luke Ravenstahl [!] by 30 points.]
To date, Wander is largely known for two things -- preparing for catastrophic terrorist attacks (see the clip above; story here by the P-G's Rob Owen) and lobbying to send the Statue of Liberty back to France.
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Peeking his head out, Mayor Luke Ravenstahl issued a statement this afternoon congratulating yesterday's election winners.
Despite the bad blood between the mayor and Councilman Bill Peduto, and the negative ads he funded targeting his longtime rival, Ravenstahl struck a conciliatory tone in his statement on Peduto's primary win.
"Congratulations to Bill Peduto and to all of the winners of yesterday’s primary election. I wish everyone the best of luck in the general election in November. We all share a common love for our hometown, and I look forward to working with the victor of the mayoral general election to ensure a smooth transition between administrations."