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The race for Pittsburgh mayor: Bill Peduto's problem

| Monday, April 29, 2013, 9:00 p.m.

Democrat Pitttsburgh mayoral candidate Bill Peduto last week debuted an attack ad against fellow Democrat and race leader Jack Wagner. It was filled with misrepresentations. And what was Mr. Peduto's response when Mr. Wagner struck back?

WAAAAAAA! A “secret group” is “running a smear campaign” against Peduto, his campaign manager cried.

Over the last week, Peduto has developed a serious credibility problem. And it's centered around his attack ad against Wagner.

As we've previously noted, the ad thoroughly misrepresents a number of Trib stories it cites as the source of its information. Just as dishonest is the ad's implication that Peduto is endorsed by the police union. It goes as far as to dress up actors in uniforms similar to that of Pittsburgh's finest. But the Fraternal Order of Police Fort Pitt Lodge No. 1 endorsed Jack Wagner. It calls the ad “deceitful,” which is being kind.

Worse, however, is how Peduto spokeswoman Sonya Toler has defended her candidate's gross misrepresentations. Truth is relative. Facts are whatever the Peduto campaign deems them to be. And for anyone who calls Peduto out for such misrepresentations, well, “That's their perception,” Ms. Toler likes to say.

How a candidate campaigns is a reflection on how that candidate, if elected, would govern. And the reflection we're seeing of Bill Peduto right now is about as flattering as one of those distorting street carnival mirrors.

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