This isn't an Orie-Zappala War, but it also is not the usual jousting about whether the dead guy signed on February 13th or 14th, or whether "Correyopalliss" counts at line 17 of page 14.
Matta's colleagues focus on the back sides of Wagner's petitions (in particular the uncompleted candidate affidavits on many or most of them), while Matta's challengers object to the front of Matta's petitions (in particular the union "bug" added to Matta's reproductions of the official forms provided by the Elections Division).
This Matta v. Wagner heavyweight slug-out could generate substantial revenue for Allegheny County if anyone can arrange to sell tickets (next Wednesday, 9 a.m., Courtroom 707, City-County Building). Valerie McDonald Roberts will not be listed on the
At the InsolvenCity level, the Ravenstahl camp, demonstrating the lack of self-awareness that has become predictable and humorous, has objected to one of Darlene Harris' opponents (not the one they like) on the basis of [pause for comedic timing] . . . residence. Does this mean
Strengthening rumor: One campaign may take a new approach to petitions perceived to be defective, by taking the issues -- reported to include whether the candidate swore falsely with respect to personal circulation of petitions, and "laughably obvious" handwriting issues -- to law enforcement authorities. One observer's analysis: 'The thinking is, instead of investing $10,000 or $20,000 of your own money in attorneys and handwriting experts, why not let the other side spend at least that much to defend itself? Plus, it ought to keep them busy for a couple of months, and maybe it leaks to the papers. Unorthodox, could backfire, but there is a logic to it -- although the wild card is you gotta remember who the D.A. is.'
Infinonytune: Both Sides Now, Joni Mitchell
Infinonytune: Big Yellow Taxi, Joni Mitchell