I was already unhappy with Onorato as both a DINO and as someone who seems to have a real talent for arrogance (see here and here for the most recent examples), so I was happy to have someone else jump into the race if only to bring more attention to issues like public transit.
Additionally, Onorato also seems to be holding the strings to his puppet, Mayor Luke Ravenstahl. Ravenstahl has referred to Onorato as "The Boss" in a now infamous video. Ravenstahl of course has said he was joking, but many think that their relationship is not that funny and are uncomfortable with the vast amount of power that the County Chief Executive has as compared to the Mayor. (Then again, considering exactly who is our Mayor, he probably does need more minders than even the city budget has.)
At any rate, the last paragraph in the P-G's endorsement did give me real pause:
Rick Swartz has noble principles and a desire to engage more people in local decision-making. But Allegheny County is a metro hub with 1.2 million people, not a Vermont hamlet. He might make a responsive city councilman one day, but for county chief executive Democrats should stick with the name they know -- and nominate Dan Onorato.Hmmm . . . Swartz "might make a responsive city councilman one day..."?!?
As compared to whom?
Perhaps he only needs a few years inspecting roads or driving trucks in the Public Works Department to truly be qualified for a position on our City Council (see Motznik, Deasy, Koch). Of course, Rick's B.A and graduate-level study at Pitt’s School of Public and International Affairs and School of Social Work would be a real drawback.
Yeah, that sounds about right . . . for Pittsburgh.