Life is always a day at the beach for
Lil Mayor Luke Ravenstahl has (temporarily) dodged another bullet.
Last week Pittsburgh City Council voted to compel Ravenstahl to appear before them to answer questions about the five year Amended Act 47 Recovery plan (Lukey was on vacation last week and seemingly everyone who mattered in his administration was unavailable).
Today's Penguins Stanley Cup victory parade pushes back the showdown until Wednesday.
This is a mayor who is no stranger to luck. He came into the office on a fluke and engendered enough sympathy to become Pittsburgh's Favorite Grandson (the one who can do no wrong no matter how hard he tries). And, despite having repeatedly snubbed Barack Obama while he was the Democratic presidential candidate, Lukey got a big, fat, wet kiss from the Obama Administration in the form of having the G-20 summit fall into his lap.
What more could a boy (mayor) ask for?
But, back to Act 47. Ravenstahl also had kisses blown to him from the Trib which lovingly noted about his unavailability to Council that:
The mayor, father of an 8-month-old boy, is taking a week-long vacation with his family after a successful May primary campaign.OMG! Those meanies on Council were trying to deprive a little 8-month-old from a day at the beach! You bastards!
The Trib followed that up with a "lance" to Council for "grandstanding":
It voted Wednesday to "implore" Hizzhoner to appear before it to discuss the latest five-year plan of the Act 47 economic recovery team. And it raised the specter of issuing a subpoena. Pssst! The mayor's back on Monday. How silly. How bush league. How Tweedledee and Tweedledum. "Ted Mack & the Original Amateur Hour" has returned.First of all: Ted Mack? Exactly how old is Laurels & Lances? Besides, the point is that Council was attempting to compel the mayor to actually attend the meeting. We've seen time and again that Lil Mayor Luke is perfectly capable of shirking his responsibilities and snubbing various groups whether he happens to be in town or not.
What's at stake here is only the financial health and welfare of the entire City of Pittsburgh.
You'd think maybe, just maybe, the mayor of the city would want to be fully present for decisions made about that.