Mayor Ravenstahl's truth problem
I had a discussion with a Tribune-Review reporter at which time he asked me if I went on business to New York with the Penguins [actually team owner, Ron Burkle], at which time I said "no." Certainly, I wish I would have clarified it and continued to answer the question from there, but it was the only question asked and, uh, we went our separate ways. But if I could have been more clear at that point it would have been in everybody's best interest, mine included, at this point….
[Translation: "See, you asked if I went to New York 'on business,' and, see, technically, I wasn't 'on business,' I was actually sucking up to a Democratic Party king-maker.]
The issue here is whether Ravenstahl violated the city's Code of Conduct, which states:
No public official, City employee or agent of the City shall solicit or accept from an
interested party, nor shall an interested party offer or give anything of value to a public
official, City employee or agent, subject to the following exceptions:
- Gifts from direct family members;
- Non-pecuniary awards publicly presented, in recognition of public service;
- An occasional non-pecuniary gift of nominal value;
- Complimentary travel for official purposes;
- Admissions to charitable, civic, political or other public events;
- Admissions to cultural or athletic events not to exceed $250.00 per calendar
year in the aggregate and $100.00 per calendar year from any single person,
agent or other interested party; or
- Complimentary meals and/or refreshments.
Since the only exception that would seem to apply is #4—and the Mayor made it clear that the trip wasn't "on business"—it's hard to see how he hasn't violated the Code of Conduct.
Which reaises a number of interesting questions:
- How can the Boy Mayor expect other city employees to adhere to the Code of Conduct when he open flauts it himself?
- Why hasn't this matter been referred to Pittsburgh's Ethics Hearing Board for investigation?
- Why is the Mayor running unopposed for re-election?
- Why has no major media outlet in Pittsburgh called for the Mayor's resignation?
Ah, the mysteries of Pittsburgh …
HT: Steve Maloney
Posted by Rodger on March 24, 2007 at 02:26 PM | Permalink
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