Being a “lame duck” is no big deal in American politics.
Officials hit term limits –
Lose reelection – or –
Like Pittsburgh Mayor Luke Ravenstahl –
Decide not to run again.
Happens all the time.
But Ravenstahl seems to have missed an important fact.
He’s still mayor.
He may be done with all that politicking –
But he’s still the guy in charge of Pittsburgh.
That part seems to have eluded him.
Thursday’s news conference about Pittsburgh marathon security was the first “Luke sighting” in more than a month.
When reporters asked what he’s been doing –
Ravenstahl suggested they talk to the mayoral candidates instead – saying – quote:
“That’s probably more relevant now than I am.”
The city could lose gaming revenues –
Because it failed to comply with requirements set by a state-appointed financial oversight committee.
The Police Bureau is limping along with an “acting” chief –
And still under federal investigation because of the former chief.
Ravenstahl may not like the demands of being mayor –
But he can’t treat the next 8-plus months as an extended “senior skip day.”
Until a new mayor is sworn in next January –
It’s still his job.
He needs to man up – and do it.