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Pittsburgh needs a GOP candidate

| Monday, Feb. 11, 2013, 9:00 p.m.

I'm writing this letter to serve as a call to action for the Allegheny County Republican Committee. The 2013 race for Pittsburgh's mayor has been under way for weeks. As a political consultant for several GOP officials and organizations, I think that the Allegheny County Republican Committee should have a candidate in the spotlight immediately.

RNC Chairman Reince Priebus has just called for the GOP to run more “permanent” campaigns. He said the GOP needs to compete everywhere, not just battleground regions.

It is hard for me to watch the inevitable re-election of Mayor Ravenstahl while the GOP lacks a serious candidate. If re-elected, Ravenstahl will simply continue Pittsburgh's transformation into a failed progressive experiment.

The GOP needs to have a voice in Pittsburgh. There is no message of responsible, commonsense governing in Pittsburgh and that has to change.

Republicans might not win 2013; they might not win 2017. But if they run the permanent campaign that Chairman Priebus calls for, they will gain Pittsburgh's support one vote at a time.

Evan J. Tobin

Allegheny Township

The writer is District 10 committeeman, Westmoreland County Republican Committee.

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