- Any other 6th or 9th warders out there looking forward to the trip to St. Mary’s Lyceum on Tuesday?
- Is it just me or does Tonya Payne have the biggest campaign ads of any candidate in the city?
- Upon seeing one of those omnipresent “Ravenstahl Getting It Done” signs, has anyone else had the urge to knock on that person’s door and ask just exactly what Ravenstahl has gotten done for them?
- Is it hard to not read too much into the fact that the Bakery Square site has two of those signs?
- And does anyone else see a certain “pandering to the lowest common denominator” in the Ravenstahl camp blatantly co-opting the whole “Git ‘R Done” subculture?
- Is it wrong if I vote for Anthony “Tony” Ceoffe because the Lawrenceville United newsletter makes for a nice bi-monthly toilet reading? (Okay, that’s probably not a good idea)
- Is it wrong if I vote for Susan Evashavik DiLucente just because those “I’m choosin’ Judge Susan” signs are stuck in my head?
- Are there any political leanings I should know about when weighing the Allegheny County Bar Association judicial recommendations?
- Do newspaper endorsements carry weight to anyone other than newspaper editors and campaign managers?
- Wouldn’t it be interesting if some of the current City Council members issued endorsements of their own in this primary?
- Would Carmen Robinson’s efforts have been better-spent in the District 6 city council race?
- Wouldn’t it be nice to get some sign of involvement, some sign that apathy has not completely taken over this city?
- And wouldn’t it be nice if the indication that apathy has not won comes in the form of a plurality for Patrick Dowd?
- Is a there a percentage of votes that gives Dowd - win or lose - some kind of moral victory?
- And if Dowd doesn’t win, does a strong showing give him any added political clout on council or in the city?
- Why didn’t this get more pub, particularly from the Dowd camp? (***Update below***)
- In the Post-Gazette’s Twenty Questions for the Would-Be Mayor feature on Sunday, how many of Luke Ravenstahl’s answers could have been summed up with the response: “the status quo is fine”?
- How many people in this city think the status quo is fine?
- Isn’t it obvious that certain notions - like transparency in government and accountability for city officials - are good things?
- As a matter of fact, can anyone give one good reason why Luke Ravenstahl should be re-elected?
- If I put a picture of me and a picture of Luke Ravenstahl next to each other, do you think I could convince people that the Mayor endorses this blog?
- And from there, how many steps will it take to get my name on a garbage can?
- At the very least, could I get invited to Ravenstahl’s Election Night Party at Hofbrauhaus in the South Side Works (since I can’t get a table there otherwise)?
***Update*** - Just got an e-mail from the Dowd people. They sent out a media advisory about the call, but apparently the local press didn't really bite on it. Here's the text of the e-mail that was sent to the media:
An interactive telephone town hall where voters will have an opportunity to ask Democratic Mayoral Candidate Patrick Dowd questions about his reform vision for Pittsburgh.
Patrick Dowd will bring cutting-edge technology to his grassroots campaign for reform, reaching out to tens of thousands of Pittsburghers in the decisive final days before Tuesday’s primary, something that has not been done before in a mayoral primary. “This campaign for reform is about giving Pittsburghers a voice.” Dowd said. “My campaign is grassroots – not astroturf – so I don’t have millions to spend on TV commercials. Instead I’m trying to find new ways to bring people together so we can talk about how to reform Pittsburgh, whether it's answering a voter's final question before she heads to the polls or talking to someone for the first time. Together, we can bring change.”
Personally, I think it's a pretty cool idea. We'll see if it helps tomorrow.