As scandal envelops the re-election campaign of the city of Pittsburgh's "accidental, youth mayor" Luke Ravenstahl, threatening to derail his campaign, I wonder how many Pittsburghers are listening with rapt attention his proclamations and assertions and finding him credible.
I have always considered this man to be deceitful, not ready to serve in such an important position, and out for himself. His nature was confirmed for me during a chance encounter on Pirates Opening Day 2010.
The mayor and two men, one of whom I presume to have been a bodyguard, one a friend, entered the row in which my wife and I were sitting in Lower Infield Box 119, and sat near us throughout the game. The individual I presume was the bodyguard exited the section several times during the game, returning with beer. The beers were transferred from their cups, poured into cups labeled "Pepsi", and given to the mayor to drink within public view.
Mayor Ravenstahl was legally permitted to consume beer, but he felt it better to deceive anyone that might see him ingesting it. I would have preferred that he be honest.
This is hardly the only incident which caused me to call into question Ravenstahl's integrity, but one which left an impression on me. I do not believe a thing he says.