Mayor Ravenstahl's absences raise questions

Concern about Mayor Luke Ravenstahl's "personal issues" as described by an aide last night has spurred a series of comings and goings at his city hall office.

Council president Darlene Harris was denied an audience with the mayor or his chief of staff but was promised a phone call. Councilwoman Theresa Kail-Smith went into the mayor's office as did city Solicitor Dan Regan. Mayoral staff have been mum on whether there will be an announcement today about the mayor's plans.

Mr. Ravenstahl was spotted exiting his office with Pittsburgh public safety director Michael Huss at around 4 p.m. It was not clear if the mayor was still inside the City-County building at that point.

Wednesday night, the mayor was a no-show at a candidates' night at Perry Traditional Academy in his North Side political base. His close friend and supporter Kevin Quigley said, "It is with a heavy heart that I tell you here tonight that the mayor couldn't make it. Within the next couple of days he'll be having a press conference to discuss some issues."

Aides have said the mayor has been a no-show at recent events because of his mother's illness. The nature of the illness has not been disclosed.

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Rich Lord: James O'Toole and Moriah Balingit contributed. First Published February 28, 2013 4:15 PM


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