Local Elected Officials Super Bowl Bound

PITTSBURGH (KDKA) — Tens of thousands of Steelers fans would love to go to the Super Bowl, but getting tickets is not easy.

However, one group of fans does have an advantage – elected officials.

This region’s two cheerleaders in chief – County Executive Dan Onorato and Mayor Luke Ravenstahl – will attend the Super Bowl, but not at taxpayer expense.

Onorato and Ravenstahl along with some other elected officials will fly with the Rooney family on a chartered flight to Dallas this Friday, returning on Monday.

The charge for that airfare is $850 per person. In Dallas, accommodations are made available at the Steelers’ hotel for $450 a night.

Through the Steelers organization, some elected officials were given a chance to buy Super Bowl tickets, but nothing is free.

Tickets were purchased at face value, ranging from $800 to $1,200 a ticket.

Both Onorato and Ravenstahl are using a combination of personal and campaign funds to pay for this getaway.

Governor Corbett will also attend the Super Bowl. He’s flying with the Rooneys on Friday and he’s paying all expenses personally.

As for most state legislators and local council members, if they asked, the Steelers made tickets available at face value, but they’re on their own for travel and accommodations.

Senators Bob Casey and Pat Toomey are also not going to the Super Bowl. They’re joining President Obama at the White House for a Super Bowl party.

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  1. Martin Stern says:

    I am sure when people contributed to the Onorato and Ravenstahl campaign fund, that they wanted their contributions to go to partially fund their trip to the SuperBowl. No wonder why Onorato lost the Governor’s race. And one can only hope that Ravenstahl’s political future will end, as along with Onorato, he has shown he is misusing the trust given to him by the people that voted him in office. When I watch the SuperBowl, on my home television, which I purchased by the earnings from hard work, I take solace in the fact that I voted for neither of them in any election, nor contributed my hard earned income to help finance their playtime.

    1. expittsburgh says:

      Agree 100%!

    2. Dan says:

      This is why the city and port authority are broke! They should be put in jail

  2. GO STEELERS says:

    This is not news….. They should be going to this game. I would be disappointed if they were not there supporting the face of Pittsburgh (the Steelers). It is ridicules that people like Martin get their panties in a bunch over this. Do you have any idea what the Steelers bring to Pittsburgh and the surrounding area?

    1. expittsburgh says:

      Yes, we know what the Steelers bring to Pgh in terms of $$$. And we also know that Luke and Dan have nothing to do with the Steelers’ success. Therefore we don’t support them riding the coattails of the Steelers to the Super Bowl via preferential treatment. This is nothing more than a boondoggle for two people who have continuously failed Pittsburgh.

  3. John Yerman says:

    The score will be STEELERS (24) Greenbay (20) !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  4. Pittsburgh Jack says:

    Steelers 3-0 in OT!!

  5. Don F says:

    “…… using a combination of personal and campaign funds to pay for this getaway”…….and this is legal?

    1. Dan says:

      1 dollar of their own money and all the rest funds that were donated….stupid crooked democrats! I hope everyone wakes up for the next election

  6. sparky101 says:

    Politic – from the greek; poli meaning blood, tic meaning sucker; figure it out

  7. John Q Taxpayer says:

    Please go back to work folks.

  8. What the Heck says:

    they should be going for free…the steelers play in a tax free stadium. The Rooney’s should pay for them and 10 more city-county residents. They are the mayor and county executive, they should be given the opportunity to attend the game. I don’t see nothing wrong with this. It’s a non issue.

  9. RJ says:

    DAN THE TAX MAN LOST FOR GOV. OF PA. MADE MY DAY AND A NICE END OF THE YEAR.
    I TOLD HIM IN PERSON HE’S A LOSER BUT LIKE ALL OTHER DEM’S HE DIDN’T LISTEN TO WHAT THE PEOPLE ARE SAYING.
    BYE DAN LOOOOOOOOOSSSSSSEEEERRRRR.!!!!!!!

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