PITTSBURGH (KDKA) — Most of the nation knows him as Marty, the tree cutter.
“Are you Marty?” Mayor Bill Peduto asks Marty in last Sunday’s episode of “Undercover Boss.” “Nice to meet you. I’m Ed Chadwick.”
Ed Chadwick is really Mayor Peduto on the CBS reality show, and Marty is Marty Nasiadka, a 29-year-old father of three from Observatory Hill.
“Out shopping today, people have come up and stopped me, saying, good job or you looked good on TV,” Nasaidka told KDKA political editor Jon Delano. “Perfect strangers. Never met. Never seen.”
Nasiadka says he’s surprised with the response — even taken calls from California.
Viewers of Undercover Boss know it was Nasiadka who blew Peduto’s cover.
“Ed, I got to tell you. I know you’re really Bill Peduto,” Marty says on the show.
Nasaidka says he had met Peduto at some political events.
“Seeing him in person is what makes you know, standing next to him at a political event, really gave me the idea that it was him. Had it just been off of television, I probably wouldn’t have known,” he says.
And Peduto’s inability to operate a chain saw was a dead giveaway.
“He could never be a laborer. From the other show, he couldn’t be a carpenter either. As he said, he’s probably better in the office than out in the field.”
As a friend and schoolmate of former Mayor Luke Ravenstahl, Marty admits he led Peduto on.
“Maybe I was stringing him along a little bit,” he said. “The more I looked at him, the more I knew it was him, and the more maybe I threw a couple of zingers at him.”
But in the final scene, the mayor says his friends will help the young man.
Peduto: “They’re going to be contributing $15,000 to you.”
Nasaidka: “Oh my god.”
And to help Marty complete his college degree, Peduto tells him, “My friends are going to pick up the remaining $9,000 so it won’t cost you anything to get your degree.”
An emotional moment.
“Overwhelmed,” said Marty. “Overwhelmed and overjoyed.”
And while Nasiadka has no plans to run for office soon, “My goal is to eventually run for city council.”
And he hopes both Peduto and Ravenstahl will back him.
You May Also Be Interested In These Latest News Stories
Join The Conversation On The KDKA Facebook Page
Stay Up To Date, Follow KDKA On Twitter