The Old Coalition
I'm not saying there's no differences between current Pittsburgh Mayor Luke Ravenstahl and Democratic primary candidate Jack Wagner. Wager served very honorably in Vietnam while Ravenstahl wasn't even born until years after that war ended. But, they do have an awful lot in common.
They share many of the same big donors.
They both share support from many of the same pols.
Neither is exactly against fracking.
They both have come late to the party in terms of LGBT rights (coincidentally right after polls show a change in public attitude).
They both have even more muddy views on women's reproductive rights -- Wagner didn't even show up for Planned Parenthood of Western PA's "Candidate's Forum on Women in Western Pennsylvania" (which was about more than just women's vagina's).
Ravenstahl was unexpectedly propelled into the office and his vision didn't ever seem to get more detailed than to "move forward" (though he never seemed to meet a big developer he didn't like or a city asset he didn't want to sell). Wagner's details on issues and policies can at best be described as light and breezy, especially when compared to someone putting out 100 policy papers. And again, Wagner shares the same supporters as Ravenstahl...
And, while Wagner is now trying to say he is the change we need from the current administration, he chose not to run until the current mayor dropped out of the race (meanwhile, doing back flips trying to paint Bill Peduto as both someone who will butt heads and someone who is part of what needs to be changed).
So there you have it, folks. This race is primarily Wagnerstahl Vs. Peduto.
The Old Coalition Vs. The New Coalition.
It's up to you to choose.
*** Obligatory Disclaimer: As everyone should know by now, I've been working part-time for People For Peduto since 2010.