PITTSBURGH (KDKA) — Former State auditor Jack Wagner picked up more support in the bid to become Pittsburgh’s next mayor.
If it sometimes seems like a battle of endorsements, it is.
Leading candidates Bill Peduto and Jack Wagner, keep trumpeting support from other elected officials and labor organizations.
On Friday, it was Jack Wagner’s turn.
“I think it’s vitally important to have a positive message we certainly have and the people standing here with me represent that,” Wagner says.
Wagner announced support from four more labor unions: electrical workers, operating engineers, mine workers, and the asbestos workers.
The biggest endorsement came from former Congressman Bill Coyne who represented Pittsburgh and congress for 22 years.
“I can’t think of anyone more qualified to serve in the mayor’s office than Jack,” Coyne says.
Although Coyne never mentioned Peduto, who started to run TV ads against Wagner, the former Congressman praised Wagner’s positive campaign.
“He’s running a positive campaign and I think that the people of Pittsburgh respond to positive campaigns,” Coyne adds.
Wagner says Peduto’s attempt to tie him to Mayor Ravenstahl was misplaced.
“I have criticized this administration in this campaign in terms of not having their fiscal house in order and I will continue to,” Wagner says.
Yesterday, Ravenstahl said he will not endorse a candidate for mayor, however, a number of the mayor’s political allies are on board with the Wagner campaign.