As I looked around the room before the candidate entered I blurted to a friend that this looks like a rally for a winner. But later that evening someone said it looks like Pittsburgh -- and that was the winning remark.
Because despite the nay-sayers on some of the blogs who say that Peduto can't get beyond a boho or "cupcake class" base, what I saw was a remarkably diverse group of supporters in terms of age, geography, class, race, sex, etc.
It looked like Pittsburgh.
(And it certainly didn't hurt that there was a nice percentage of ACDC members there too.)
It couldn't have been more of a contrast to Luke Ravenstahl's own announcement which was limited to Ravenstahl, his wife, his minder County Chief Executive Dan Onorato, and Rep. Mike Doyle.
The audience was jazzed and ate up Peduto's speech.
The Post-Gazette got it right when they said that Peduto's most popular line was when he called for the need for "independent, responsible, experienced leadership," and said that the city "needs independent leadership to dismantle the political machine."
That, my dears, was the issue to a lot of the folks who came to cheer Bill on.
Not a bad one in my humble opinion . . .
Now as to the local television coverage of the event, WTAE best captured the size and excitement of the group. KDKA was barely adequate. I did not catch WPXI at 11, but I did catch their coverage on FOX 53 News and all I can say is "WTF?"
Look guys, if the truck got lost on the way and you were only able to get footage of the hall after most people had left, maybe you have an excuse but you should let your viewers know that. The only way they could have misrepresented the evening more was if they had waited until the hall was entirely empty and actually broadcast an empty room. (I gave up being a regular WPXI News viewer after they repeatedly reported that the 2004 Kerry rally at Pitt had "hundreds" in attendance when everyone else correctly reported it as thousands.)
I did take some snaps, but be forewarned that I am still unable to access Photoshop, so these pics are uncropped and entirely unlovely (I had to email them to David just to get them resized for the blog). Also, I'm still quite ill and had no business being out tonight so I confined myself almost entirely to a chair on the side of the room.
With that said, here they are:
Trying (unsuccessfully) to capture the size of crowd.
Trying to capture Peduto as he made his way to the stage. Yeah,
The Man of the Hour
Halfway through his speech, Peduto invited the audience
That's all Folks!
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