Wednesday, May 01, 2013

Ce n'est pas un fauteuil

I've been thinking about how different this election cycle is from elections past, in a meta kind of way that is.  The last real free for all mayoral election in the City of Pittsburgh is probably the 1989 race that followed the death of Mayor Caliguiri while in office.  I find this contemporaneous article in the Christian Science Monitor on the race rather curious. See: Pittsburgh Mayoral Race Draws Potpourri Of Five Democrats.  Who wants to identify the 'Gary Hart-style ``new ideas'' candidate' they speak of?

No comparision for the social media angle today of course, but what about the money?  From PG, May 17, 1989 is this summary of the campaign finances in that race. Remember, this is 24 years ago. Increase $ values by 88% to get comparable $ values today.


So a total of $2.3 million.  Adjusted for inflation gets you to $4.3 million. I could be wrong, but I don't think we are going to get close to that amount in total this cycle. Also worth noting that on that list of candidates, there are two future judges and two mayors which served a collective 19 years in office, and a future president of the local chapter of the NAACP.  

and you either get it or you don't.  Neither Google nor logic will explain much.

5 Comments:

Anonymous Anonymous said...

I actually worked on Judge Lucchino's campaign back then. I remember the "Godfather" accusations around Mayor Masloff's radio advertisements. I remember Mayor Murphy being rather charming at multiple candidate debates. If memory serves me correectly, Mayor Masloff just slammed Judge Lucchino with negative advertisements and the Judge never responded (like you could 'go negative' on a nice Grandmother). And look at the vote totals. I never realized all of that work was for a total of just over 100,000 votes.

Wednesday, May 01, 2013 3:38:00 PM  
Blogger C. Briem said...

and the sad thing is that it was Lucchino who took some of the riskiest positions for moving the region forward. Took some political courage to put out his whole report on voluntary municipal disincorporation in Pennsylvania. Just mentioning such a thing gets some folks unelected pretty fast. See: http://www.briem.com/files/LucchinoDisincorporate1.pdf

Wednesday, May 01, 2013 8:26:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Lucchino ran for mayor in 1977 too. Here's a little background from the 14th Ward Club

http://14thwardclubarchives.blogspot.com/2013/04/cyril-wecht-quits-club-1977.html

Thursday, May 02, 2013 11:10:00 AM  
Blogger C. Briem said...

Note ref to the "Penn Shady Hotel in East Liberty."

Also note 14th Ward IDC endorsement that cycle for Wettick as Judge and Gene Coon for Sheriff.

Thursday, May 02, 2013 11:30:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I remember Lucchino's report on disincorporation. He took some heat for it back then. I bet if someone were to publish the same report today, there would still be people vociferously against it. Those individuals will never admit places like Braddock will never recover. They think the Mayor of a place like Chalfant has real power. Oh well. --- Signed, First Anon poster above.

Thursday, May 02, 2013 5:02:00 PM  

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