Ravenstahl Withdraws from Dems Endorsement Process

Michael Lamb

Michael Lamb

It’s a good day for Michael Lamb. The Pittsburgh City Controller will be the endorsed Democratic candidate for mayor, now that incumbent Mayor Luke Ravenstahl has withdrawn his name from consideration.

“We thank the Mayor for his respect for the Allegheny County Democratic Committee and our endorsement process.  We look forward to his ongoing support,” announced Dem Chairwoman Nancy Mills, who had requested Ravenstahl drop his name. He had until 5pm Wednesday to do so.

The Allegheny County Dems required candidates seeking to be considered for the endorsement to officially submit a request. Ravenstahl and Lamb obliged. City Councilman Bill Peduto, assuming he had little chance of the endorsement, declined to participate. The deadline for consideration has now passed.

Although Ravenstahl dropped out of the race a week and a half ago, his name remained on the Dems’ ballot.

What would that have meant? Supporters of the myriad other prospective candidates could have simply voted for Ravenstahl to deny Lamb the endorsement. Now that Ravenstahl is out, Lamb’s will be the only name on the ballot on Sunday, March 10.

The flip side of the coin is that the endorsement is likely to carry less weight than usual, given the fact that all parties will know it was made by default.

Meanwhile, it’s a good day for Peduto, too. He announced that he’s raised over $500,000 for the race so far, making him the best-funded candidate in the race.

“We remain on course to raise the money we need to run a winning race,” he said. “In the past week our fundraising efforts have been bolstered by new supporters who we have welcomed to our campaign.”

March 6th, 2013 | Posted in Front Page Stories, Local races, Top Stories | 4 Comments

4 thoughts on “Ravenstahl Withdraws from Dems Endorsement Process”

  1. Marbear4 says:

    Square Chick IS applauding everything other than the fact Michael Lamb has been the controller and has unclean hands in the police debacle in the sense we heard nothing from him prior to his run for office.

  2. L.T. says:

    @B.O., it’s also irrelevant when you’re the only person eligible to receive the endorsement.

  3. B.O. Prez says:

    It’s great when the endorsed candidate is also the most qualified man for the job. Congratulations, Michael!
    B.O.

  4. Square Chick says:

    Michael Lamb has long term positive, respectful relationships with many, many, men and women on the Democratic Committee. It will be great to have him as the endorsed candidate. Thank you to Ravenstahl for not letting others muck with the endorsement process, and thank you to Nancy Mills, ACDC Chair, for making sure everyone follows the rules.

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