Politico Magazine highlighted Peduto’s humor, including when he made numerous fish puns after a Nashville Predators fan was arrested for throwing a dead catfish on the ice during a game against the Pittsburgh Penguins.
Along with his humor, it commended Peduto for rebranding and improving the reputation of the city.
“A self-described ‘student of cities’ who rose to local prominence by championing a bohemian mix of indie art galleries and urban tech centers, Peduto, 52, represents the global aspirations of a city shaking off its smoky past,” the post read.
Peduto was also praised for his social media presence in response to President Trump’s withdrawal of the US from the Paris climate accord.
“The flurry of positive press was good for Pittsburgh—and also good for Peduto,” the post read.
Peduto has told some he has larger ambitions than his current position, but has kept those ambitions close.
Peduto is currently running for re-election. He won in a three way primary with 68.9% of the vote.