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June 12, 2007

Luke Ravenstahl - Pittsburgh's Embarrassment

I'm sorry mama Ravenstahl, but your boy's a jerk.

I initially saw this story over at the Burgh Report (they call Mayor Luke "classless", "boorish", and an "embarrassment to the city") and the link is to this report from Jon ("don't call him 'John'") Delano.

You have to read it to believe it.

Mayor Luke's got something of a man-crush on Tiger Woods and so last April (or so the story goes) he made a complete ass out of himself a number of times at the Oakmont Country Club.

Time one:
Sources tell KDKA’s Jon Delano that when the mayor learned that Tiger Woods was out at Oakmont practicing, he had his office call the club to secure an invitation. The club told him politely, but firmly, that this was a private affair, and he was not invited. Nonetheless, the mayor got in his car, drove out, and tried to crash the club.
Actually, you can make the case that that's TWO times - the first by using the office of the Mayor to "secure" an invitation ANYWHERE and then second to head on out there after being told it's a "private affair." But let's cut Mayor Luke some slack - he's just a kid, right?

Time two:
Sources say Ravenstahl was stopped by Oakmont’s security guards who told him the golf outing was a private event for American Express and its customers. But he talked his way into the club. Once inside, Ravenstahl was recognized and invited to dine with members of the club’s board of directors where, once again, he was told the event with Tiger Woods was private and not open to him.
Are you keeping count? He's been told THREE TIMES that the party is "private" and he's yet to meet Tiger Woods.

Time three:
But after lunch, sources say Ravenstahl got his hands on an American Express golf shirt, slipped the shirt on like he was part of the Am-Ex event and strolled onto the golf course looking for Woods.
Where did he get the shirt? How did he get the shirt? Isn't there a law or a statute against impersonating an American Express official? Delano doesn't say. But look at the lengths Mayor Luke is going to meet Tiger Woods. Even after being told three times that the event is private, he does what needs to be done to get in anyway. He's got the temerity of a Led Zepplin groupie circa 1972. Have no fear, Mayor Luke's boorishness gets much much worse.

Time four:
Once again, security recognized him but did not kick him off the course telling him, however, not to approach the golf star or take any pictures with him. Angering club officials, Ravenstahl did so anyways and walked away with his coveted picture.
What a complete ass.

But wait - you gotta see how his office defended the mayor's impolite uncouth ban manners:
As for the Mayor, his office says it was his life-long dream to meet Tiger Woods and he did and he should be credited for that. And his spokeswoman insists the club was not upset by the Mayor’s conduct. Officially, Oakmont Country Club will not comment on this one way or the other.

Gee, that makes it all better.

A source told me that Tiger Woods' people were livid. Tiger doesn't get involved in politics and they were concerned that the picture would be used for some political purposes. They tried to get our Mayor to promise not to use the picture. My source told me, as well, that the Oakmont folks were irate. The Mayor's office, of course, says they're cool with it.

Complete. Embarrassment.


Anonymous said...

Wow, so when he should be working on the city's budget problems and talking to constituents, he spends a whole day chasing after Tiger Woods in order to get some stupid picture.

You know isn't he supposed to be working to move the city forward? If so, he shouldn't be playing hooky and avoiding security guards all the time.

Anonymous said...

Luke's problem is that he isn't smart enough yet to know how to cover himself. Lots of corporate CEOs are jealous he did this and lots of pols, too. The difference is, most of them would have brought their "A game," while Luke just flailed around in the rough.

Piquant metaphors aside, this entire event is pathetic.


Smitty said...

Man-crush...I luv it...of course this type of obsessive/compulsive behavior is becoming a pattern...as someone who wrote in William Peduto on May 15,i'm not surprised by the continued juvenile behavior from our "kid mayor".For the 30,000 fools out there who voted for him...oh well ya got what ya paid for!!!

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Anonymous said...

Doesn't this make all of you "Lukey voters" wonder about this boy? Here he is, supposedly the leader of the 24th largest city in America and he's out chasing Tiger Woods. Isn't that something he should have done when he was a boy? Ooops, I forgot, he is a boy! I'll bet he still has a subscription to Teen Beat!

Maria said...

Moreover, shouldn't he have been WORKING for us when it happened -- April 23rd -- a WORK day?

Anonymous said...

Kudos to Maria!

Maria said...

David wrote this post, but thanks anyway.

Anonymous said...

Hate to say it, but I foresee Luke's office claiming that this just shows that he'll bring the same tenacity, won't take "No" for answer, to getting this done for the City, and plenty of Pittsburghers will buy it because, you know, he's "good people".

Matt H said...

No one said he was impersonating an AMEX official.

Denise L said...

You all got to be kidding me. If this is the worst thing Mayor Luke does--geez! With all the corrupt politicians out there-you are all writing about this. Give me a break!!!

Anonymous said...

Let me say this...I HATE Luke Ravenstahl...I hate him more than I have ever hated anyone in my life. He sucks, he is irresponsible, he is a complete joke. He belongs behind the desk of McDonalds...not running a city. I would love to go drinking with him some night (wink, nudge nudge). If he gets re-elected, the city is on crack.....I HATE LUKE!!!!!!!!!

Anonymous said...

You all sound like a bunch of right wing wacko’s to me!

Jason said...

Since when did our joke of a mayor become the be all and end all facist dictator?

C.Great said...
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C.Great said...

The writer needs to do some more constructive with their time. This is silly. These are extreme right winged comments. I wish he was our mayor.

polysci buff said...

I know myself as well as the hardworking citizens of burgh'are sooo excited that are tax dollars were used to supply the city with LIL' Luke's monogramed garbage cans that costed us a cool $252,500! Why should we fund his delusions of grandeur??

Anonymous said...

guess we should have known way back then what a tool he was....