Wednesday, January 31, 2007

War on Politics Over! Mayor Ravenstahl puts Councilman Jim Motznik in timeout

Mayor Ravenstahl puts Councilman Motznik in timeout
Jim Motzdick's War on Politics is over. A higher power has stepped in and informed the councilman that his behavior is grounds for a timeout.
The Post-Gazette quotes Pittsburgh mayor Luke Ravenstahl telling local jackass/councilman Jim Motzdick (D-Douchebag Heights) to stop the online "blog-slinging. " (credit for the term "blog-slinging" goes to the PG copy writer)
"I don't think it's productive, and I don't think it's in the best interests of the residents," the mayor said of Mr. Motznik's blogging. "We certainly have very important issues that we need to discuss, and the blogosphere is not, in my opinion, the best avenue to do that."

Kudos to Ravenstahl for muzzling a loose cannon. The public will hear innuendo dished by an independent observer or a campaign supporter. But when an elected official writes like a gossip columnist for the NY Post, the public turns a deaf ear.

The Tribune-Review used this episode to publish a reheated story on blogs. The only worthwhile piece of information in the Trib story is:
The Burgh Report reported two weeks ago city solicitor George Specter has overstayed his welcome. TBR states that the city charter does not allow acting officials to serve more than 90 days. Specter was appointed last July. Ravenstahl pleaded ignorance.
"I didn't realize that was the case," Ravenstahl said. "We'll have to take a look at that and discuss it with (Specter)."

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