Darlene Harris, who became Pittsburgh's city council president with strong broken-field running, is showing all the right moves as Pittsburgh's elected officials approach decisions concerning the proposal to hand complete control of downtown parking to politically connected profiteers.
She not only stiff-armed advice ('the last thing you want in a situation like this is information or verification') from the mayor's questionable and seemingly self-interested choice to quarterback the process, but also asked pertinent questions about whose huddle the mayor and his curious new posse belong in.
Rev. Ricky Burgess' lonely objection -- that refusal to swallow the Morgan Stanley/Ravenstahl/[insert name of local fixer] line without reservation could have a "chilling effect" on bids -- necessarily assumes that bidders would be as credulous as is Rev. Burgess, and therefore can be readily dismissed.
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