Lukey lies like a kindergartener

Tribune-Review:

Pittsburgh Mayor Luke Ravenstahl today said he regrets how he answered a question about a trip he took to New York City with billionaire Penguins co-owner Ron Burkle, who treated the mayor to a flight on his private jet and dinner and drinks at a swanky Manhattan hotel.
“Certainly I wish I would have clarified and continued to answer the question from there,” Ravenstahl said this afternoon during an American Heart Association event at Heinz Field. “But If I could have been more clear at that point it would have been, I think, in everybody’s best interest, mine included at this point.”

Ravenstahl initially told the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review Monday morning that he did not travel to New York, but he changed his story in the afternoon after the Trib confronted him with more details about the overnight trip. The mayor was asked if he traveled to New York “on anything related to the Penguins.” He said he replied, “No,” because he didn’t consider the trip to be Penguins-related business.

The trip was campaign-related and not illegal, he said.


This is not the first time the campaign of Wee Luke, seen here thanking some people who helped him out of a jam at a football game that he used to say never happened, has had to try to bail him out after he told an usupportable lie to a reporter.

Someone really needs to tattoo this phrase onto Luke’s palm: “WHEN A REPORTER ASKS IF YOU HAVE BEEN IN AN EMBARRASSING PLACE OR HAD AN ILL ADVISED CONVERSATION, OR BEEN ARRESTED FOR PUBLIC BAD BEHAVIOR, THE REPORTER ALREADY KNOWS THAT YOU HAVE.” I mean, they don’t just guess at this stuff.

I am amazed by this repetition of shockingly poor judgement.

By the way, while he was being wined and dined by the owner of the Penguins, just hours after promising the Penguins a big pile of money, he was blowing off a meeting with people from the Hill, who had some concerns about a large arena being built in their neighborhood for the benefit of the owner of the Penguins.

I am sure that they have nothing to worry about. After all, historically the city has been nothing but empathetic and helpful to the residents of the Hill District when it comes to the construction of hockey arenas.

I wonder if this means that Luke has decided that he can win without the support of black people, as long as he has the support of the rich white people who want to build casinos and arenas where those black people reside. His opponent can’t say: the only black person he knows is Khari Mosley.

4 Comments so far

  1. Matt H (unregistered) on March 20th, 2007 @ 9:00 pm

    Mayor Ravenstahl did not blow off the meeting. Yarone Zober was there representing the office.


  2. john b (unregistered) on March 21st, 2007 @ 12:47 am

    Mayor Ravenstahl did indeed blow off the meeting. Zober or not, he should have been there to meet with representatives of the community in which this latest atrocity will be built. One need only reflect on the disasterous effect on the Hill District of the current arena to understand the apprehension and concerns of this largely black community about the construction of a new arena. Ravenstahl was supposed to be there, had said he would be there, and only when a better offer came –the chance to jet off to New York with his new found friend–did he proxy in Zober. What galls me to no end is the focus on the trip itself, not on the decision to blow off the meeting with the black community; it shows an almost unconscionable lack of understanding of the importance of this issue to the Hill Community and in general, a lack of maturity.


  3. john b (unregistered) on March 21st, 2007 @ 12:48 am

    Mayor Ravenstahl did indeed blow off the meeting. Zober or not, he should have been there to meet with representatives of the community in which this latest atrocity will be built. One need only reflect on the disasterous effect on the Hill District of the current arena to understand the apprehension and concerns of this largely black community about the construction of a new arena. Ravenstahl was supposed to be there, had said he would be there, and only when a better offer came –the chance to jet off to New York with his new found friend–did he proxy in Zober. What galls me to no end is the focus on the trip itself, not on the decision to blow off the meeting with the black community; it shows an almost unconscionable lack of understanding of the importance of this issue to the Hill Community and in general, a lack of maturity.


  4. anon (unregistered) on March 21st, 2007 @ 10:23 am

    Luke in trying to cover up the fact that flying to NYC for a drink was a bad idea, has basically said to Pittsburgh, in particular that community leaders of the Hill district, my future political meetings are far more important than community meetings and Pittsburgh’s neighborhoods. Since Ron is friends with the Clinton’s it is better for me to meet with him instead of meeting with you.
    But then he basically did the same thing to young Pittsburgh – Luke couldn’t even make it to his own young professionals fund raiser on Wed evening.
    http://www.haloscan.com/comments/theburgher/9138150051465939548/#79537



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