With a sharp shot at mayoral candidate Bill Peduto, Pittsburgh City Council President Darlene Harris joined the leaders of five building trades unions in endorsing former Auditor General Jack Wagner for the Democratic nomination for mayor.
In her prepared remarks, Ms. Harris offered a thinly veiled criticism of her colleague, saying she was supporting Mr. Wagner because the city does not need a mayor "who doesn't work well with others,'' and holds "petty grudges'' for years.
She made her criticism explicit as she said that Mr. Peduto had sought her endorsement for mayor two years ago, and made his support for her bid to be council president conditional on her support in the pending mayor's race.
"I don't cut deals,'' said Ms. Harris, who was herself a candidate for mayor until last week.
She said there had been no quid pro quo in support for Mr. Wagner.
The former auditor general appeared with his new supporters at the South Side headquarters of the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers, where he was introduced by Mike Dunleavy, business manager of IBEW Local 5.
Also appearing to support his candidacy were officials of the Greater Pittsburgh Council of Carpenters, Steamfitters Lcoal 449, Plumbers Local 27, and Painters District Council 57.
Also seeking the Democratic nomination for mayor in the May 21 primary are state Rep. Jake Wheatley and bus monitor A.J. richardson.
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