Ravenstahl vows clean campaign

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Pittsburgh Mayor Luke Ravenstahl pledged yesterday to conduct "a cleanly contested and meaningful mayoral campaign" in a letter to the League of Women Voters of Greater Pittsburgh.

League President Suzanne Broughton said, though, that such a letter was premature, noting that the nonpartisan group waits to issue its annual clean campaign code until all candidates have filed to run, which occurs in March.

Echoing language in the league's past campaign codes, the mayor promised that his "spoken words and campaign materials will reflect truth" and will not "falsely portray the background or record of an opponent." He pledged not to make promises "which, knowingly, I do not intend to keep or cannot keep."

"Nor will I take unfair advantage of situations which present themselves for the sake of satisfying my personal self-interest," he wrote. He also pledged not to "condone or allow third-party advertising which does not meet the principles contained in this code."

His main foe in the May 15 Democratic primary, city Councilman William Peduto, said he would "work with the League of Women Voters ... to once again be recognized by them as running the most substantive and clean campaign."

In 2005, the league gave Mr. Peduto slightly higher marks for fair and responsible campaigning than Bob O'Connor and Michael Lamb, his mayoral rivals that year.

Rich Lord can be reached at rlord@post-gazette.com or 412-263-1542.


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