Jeanne Clark goes negative… against Peduto?
|May 15, 2013||Posted by committeegrrl under Discussion, Race for PGH 2013|
The race for the open seat on Pittsburgh City Council that’s being vacated by Bill Peduto has stayed largely positive, before a couple of mailings from the Jeanne Clark campaign in the past couple of weeks.
In the most recent one, she delivers Jack Wagner’s talking points against Peduto into his own district. Wagner has long been making the argument that Bill Peduto does not get along with others on council, based on statements made by Darlene Harris and Ricky Burgess.
It’s an odd argument for Wagner to make. Peduto was part of a coalition on council that passed some of the most progressive legislation that the city has seen in most of our lifetimes: prevailing wage, clean air and clean water, to name a few. And it also doesn’t line up with the long list of elected officials who have endorsed Peduto. On Council: Patrick Dowd, Bruce Kraus, Natalia Rudiak. In the County: Rich Fitzgerald, Chuck Martoni, Bill Robinson, John DeFazio. In the State: Wayne Fontana, Jay Costa, Ed Gainey, Erin Molchany, Dan Frankel, Paul Costa. Our friends at p2pac were part of a press conference with over 40 elected officials & organizations that support Peduto and are excited to be a part of a new governing coalition in Pittsburgh.
But back to Jeanne Clark’s mailer. Here it is:
Without listing Peduto or Dan Gilman (who is also running for the seat) by name, she takes a swipe by repeating the Wagner talking points. And this in a district that’s likely to vote 3-to-1 or more for Peduto in the mayor’s race.
Is Jeanne Clark really trying to help Life PAC-endorsed Wagner chip away at Peduto’s base vote? The timing of the mailing came the same day that Wagner released an ad featuring his daughter claiming that he has “evolved on social issues” and tops it off with an awkward fist bump. With Ravenstahl putting a couple of hundred thousand dollars into attack ads against Bill and giving $10,000 to Wheatly to prop up Wagner, while Wagner plays dumb, stranger alliances-of-convenience have happened.
Will it help Clark? I don’t see how it does. It doesn’t make a clear argument either for voting for Clark or against Gilman. Will this hurt Peduto? Probably not. At this point, everyone has heard the Wagner attacks against Peduto, and—if you believe the latest polls—people either aren’t buying it or don’t care.