PITTSBURGH (KDKA) — The mayor hasn’t been seen much of late — so reporters seized the opportunity to pepper him with questions about the continuing grand jury investigation into his administration.

He gave his standard reply.

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“I’m not going to answer any questions about the investigation,” Ravenstahl said. “If you guys have any questions about city business, I’d be happy to answer them.”

But he did weigh in on this — the posting on Council President Darlene Harris’ website that she was “exploring the idea of running as an independent” candidate for mayor.

“I would encourage her not to do it, but it’s her decision,” Ravenstahl said. “And I think regardless of whether she does it, Councilman Peduto will be the clear favorite in November.”

And the mayor threw his support behind Peduto.

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“As a democrat, lifelong democrat, I’d like to see the democratic party unite behind Councilman Peduoto — despite our differences — well documented difference,” he said.

“Well I guess you could say we don’t always disagree — do we,” Peduto said.

Peduto, in turn, accepted the mayor’s backing. And while Harris herself, declined to answer any questions about her possible run. The democrat primary winner — said he too hope she would not run in the general election.

“I believe the democratic primary was back in May,” Peduto said. “I know that Darlene believes in democratic principles. I would hope she viewed this as an opportune to be part of a team.”

These are the dog days of summer and things are slow at city hall, but there is an election in the fall and It appears that politic never sleeps.

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