What Fresh Hell Is This?

September 16, 2011

The Thrill is Gone

Larry Roberts/Post-Gazette
Pittsburgh Mayor Luke Ravenstahl at the
opening of the new Beechview supermarket

John Heller/Post-Gazette
Ravenstahl "listens" to East Enders' flooding concerns

You almost have to feel sorry for the guy. Now in his 30s, he's lost his "youngest mayor" news worthiness. He can't get away with the hijinks of his earlier years of stalking Tiger Woods or joyriding in a Homeland Security vehicle. At odds with the majority of Council, he can't deliver City assets to his bankster friends or even help oust his critics in that body. And, while he always had a problem with showing up/staying at important meetings (including those with the President), he can't even manage to be at the right place at the right time when natural disasters hit our region.

Just look at those pictures.

Is that the face of a happy camper?

And, even as the thrill may be gone for him, it's also gone for the voters. With a 19% approval rating, he's no longer Pittsburgh's Favorite Grandson.

But, Lil Mayor Luke still has over two years to serve in his current term. Maybe he should just do himself -- and all of us -- a big favor and pull a Palin. Say you're doing it for your family for Pittsburgh and just go.


Winding down said...

Maybe the devil you know.....

GeneW said...

Look at the contrast between Luke and Rudiak in that picture. She's exactly where she wants to be at that moment and he looks like he wants to be anywhere else than in an IGA in Beechview. It's a shame that we're stuck with him since there's no shortage of smart young dynamic politicians in Pittsburgh. I'd happily vote for Rudiak or Peduto or Lamb or Dowd or Wagner for mayor.

Maria said...


Yep on all counts.

Richmond K. Turner said...

Tons of gaffes, a job he seems to really hate, a 19% approval rating, a population that can finally say that they really have "given the kid a chance". But you know what? If he runs, he will still almost certainly win. Because that's just the way Pittsburgh is.