Monday, May 24, 2010

Luke Strengthens Family Connections To Sewage

Mentioning the obvious connection between newly elected state representative Adam Ravenstahl and raw sewage effluent from the North Side was prescient: InsolvenCity Mayor Luke Ravenstahl has cleared a place for his kid brother at the contracts-for-contributions smorgasboard appointed Adam Ravenstahl to the Alcosan board.

Departing board member Dan Keller, who was less attractive than Adam Ravenstahl to the human ball-and-chain that is the City of Pittsburgh's portion of the 20th district electorate, learned of the switch in Mayor Ravenstahl's customary manner (telephone call from reporter).

This appointment accelerates the timetable for Adam Ravenstahl's indictment prospects by roughly 18 months.

The Post-Gazette's Early Returns blog editor gets points for selecting appropriate art (while the editorial board, no doubt, prepares a formal apology).

UPDATE: Exclusive audio of the mayor's response to being informed (not by the city solicitor, of course) that the appointment appears to be unethical and unlawful.

UPPERDATE: Speaking of 18 months . . .


Bram Reichbaum said...

They updated the post:

"UPDATE: City ethics rules forbid appointing direct family members to city-controlled seats, so the mayor may have to get an ethics waiver."

How much do those cost?

Conservative Mountaineer said...

What? The Boy Mayor run out of flunkies and have to appoint his Brother? No other QUALIFIED people, I presume? Oh, sorry.. we're talking about a local yokel municipal authority.. lost my mind for a second.

Bram Reichbaum said...

Mountaineer, that is an Interesting Question which we always forget to ask -- don't we want some with Vast Sewer Experience (all sardonic puns aside) to serve on such a thing, or maybe a mechanical engineer or even a biologist.

Anonymous said...

Experts Bram? Are you kidding?

No, we don't want experts, we want a Bobby Mo Bro who will do as instructed and hand out lucrative contracts to the right people.

Conservative Mountaineer said...

Woooooaaaahhhh... liberals agreeing with me!!! Gotta have another Yuengling (a non-union beer, btw).

Conservative Mountaineer said...

In all seriousness, every appointment to every quasi-governmental authority should be subjected to some type of hearing/approval from a dis-interested/independent party. This appointment reeks of favoritism and nepotism. Wasn't it just a few weeks ago, this Ravenstahl's qualifications to be a State Rep being questioned? I seem to recall he's 'wet behind the ears'-type. What... did he have a brain transplant in the interim? Or, suddenly 'grow up'? Pfffft.

Anonymous said...

It doesn't reek of nepotism CM. It IS nepotism. The corruption will come later when they start awarding big money contracts.

Why does this mayor always find himself in a situation where observers need to consult the ethics handbook?

Anonymous said...

Wow...I And I thought Big Ben had cojones and a mile-wide ego.

And pray, how stand the odds on Ravenstahl indictment with the nomination of David Hickton as US Attorney?

Infinonymous said...

The situation concerning Hickton's (belated) arrival in general and its effect on the mayor's exposure in particular is a few consultations short of an Infinanalysis.

The current odds stand as posted.

Thanks for asking.