Monday, December 29, 2008

only in Pittsburgh

Just to have some fun, it's such a small town. I think I can connect some seemingly incongruous news of late.

So let's start with BP's proposal for a study of a rail line along the Allegheny Valley Rail Road line. Ignoring for now that I am not sure what $9K buys you when it comes to studying something like that. Anything meaningful would need a few more zeros for something like that, but no matter. Many folks have thrown out the idea of a new passenger rail line along the underused AVRR track over the years. The most recent person I heard trying to develop the idea was the ever-active David Tessitor who I know had some sort of comprehensive transit plan for the region that included regional rail and the AVRR. Have not heard from Dave much of late. Last news he made was when he was a third party candidate for one of the county council at large seats. That was the seat some may recall where Republican Chuck McCullough won the primary despite having dropped out of the race too late to have his name removed from the ballot. Who did he beat in the Republican primary? Kevin Acklin, who has popped up in the news again of late as considering a run for Mayor this time around... a race that BP dropped out of just before the filing deadline 2 years ago. And lest I forget, Dave himself ran for mayor as well not long ago. I suppose that if there are any formal announcements we can get around to handicapping a Ravenstahl-Acklin race, but quite honestly I suspect there is a larger chance that a local D will register as an independent to run in the fall mayoral race than any R going that far. We will see.

follow all of that? What's it mean? Just that we are all related and that this is not such a big town.

Honestly, my prediction is that Chuck M. may wind up being a candidate for County executive someday just because there are not many high profile R's in the county. He seems to get more press than most including today where he has put himself in the middle of the opposition to the drink tax. I was wondering what ever happened to the issue that prompted him to try and drop out of the county council race back then. You would think it was either resolved or lead to serious legal issues for him, but in either case there has just been little real follow up in the news which is odd. The only item I see must have been lost amid all the political news leading up to the fall elections was this news snippet on what is up with that. Has there really been a grand jury looking into this for more than a year?


Blogger EdHeath said...

Could it be the District Attorney might be waiting for election season to announce an indictment?

Monday, December 29, 2008 10:41:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Well done, Chris! Reminds me of that BBC show "Connections" that used to run on the Discovery Channel.

I loved that show.

Tuesday, December 30, 2008 10:00:00 PM  
Blogger C. Briem said...

Righto. Connections is right up there on my list with "Science Shack" which I am not sure ever ran in the US which is unfortunate.

Wednesday, December 31, 2008 8:54:00 AM  
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