Peduto Gets First Primary Challenger

PedutoPittsburgh Mayor Bill Peduto just got his first challenger in the Democratic primary.

According to Chris Potter of the Post-Gazette, Reverend John Welch will announce his candidacy this Saturday.

“I don’t want to run a conventional campaign,” he said. “I want to shake the rafters and the foundations of this city.”

Welch also asserted that this campaign against Peduto isn’t personal.

“I still look at him as a friend, although he may not look at me that way after this,” Welch explained. “I was a supporter of his. But it’s not about Bill, it’s about the office. He just happens to be sitting in it.”

Potter points out that it is still unclear whether Councilwoman Darlene Harris will run this year, as she is considered a more formidable opponent for the incumbent.

The primary elections will be held on May 16th this year.

11 Responses

  1. You’d think philandering Pete would have soured voters on a Flaherty. Did he run as a Republican, cause they don’t care about honesty and morals. Trump proved that.

  2. Quite right…but he remembered the name of my brother in law’s sister’s cat so he got her committee vote.

  3. watch for the least useless of the flahertys–the one who’s a judge in allegheny county– try for a seat on some appellate court, having proved himself virtually useless on the common pleas bench. that’s what voters get when loyal Dems endorse a name and don’t look at credentials for judge. flaherty was so bad his peers refused to elect him as administrative judge– a position in which he could do much less harm because he would not actually have the time to be hearing and judging cases.

  4. Zak…I am rescinding my endorsement of you for whatever job I endorsed you for earlier.
    If you are going to be on board with La Familia, you first have to be true to our school…that means us.
    We will teach you how to read and write later.

  5. I will support the incumbent mayor for his reelection campaign and not the challenger.

  6. Did Pete have a baby to that married woman at the corner house who worked at his law firm?

  7. Isn’t there at least one Flaherty to run? You know, why not the son who escaped from Western Psych, then stiffed his lawyer?

  8. What! I didn’t hear about this. The godfather and Uncle Charley must have stuck this guy in when I wasn’t looking. Well, if it’s good for La Familia, I’m okay with it. Gotta be better than a Wagner or that oink Harris. When I heard preacher fella, I figured that we had one more use for Ricky Burgess. Thank god, NO!

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