Lawmaker turns promoter
Is Daylin Leach a state senator or a rock ‘n' roll promoter?
Seems a fair question to pose after Leach, a Montgomery County Democrat, recently introduced a resolution lauding the Philadelphia-based band the Hooters. The measure was unanimously approved.
If the band's name doesn't ring a bell, it's because the Hooters reached their commercial peak in the mid-1980s, back when artists such as Cyndi Lauper and Def Leppard ruled the charts. If you want to hear their biggest hits (“All You Zombies” and “And We Danced”) on the radio today, you'll have to tune to an oldies station.
In addition to commemorating the band's 30th anniversary, Leach announced the Hooters will perform a free concert on Tuesday in the Capitol's East Wing Rotunda — sort of Harrisburg's version of Stage AE.
Another washed-up Philly-based act, awful '80s hair-metal band Cinderella, also celebrates its 30th anniversary this year. We can only hope that when Leach organizes Cinderella's free East Wing Rotunda concert, the band won't drown out state budget hearings.
GET OUTTA TOWN! A LUKE SIGHTING! If you blinked, you missed him.
Pittsburgh Mayor Luke Ravenstahl, who has virtually disappeared since abandoning his re-election bid, except for mandatory appearances such as Thursday's news conference on Pittsburgh Marathon security, made a cameo appearance at a recent Station Square luncheon lauding senior citizens who volunteer at city parks.
Ravenstahl spoke briefly to the seniors and posed for a few pictures before he and bodyguard Dom Sciulli fled via a rear entrance in an apparent attempt to avoid reporters. His quick departure prompted one city staffer to note that the Lukester probably would have stuck around to eat lunch had he still been seeking another term.
Observed the staffer: “He got out of here as if his pants were on fire.”
SESTAK DONNING RUNNING SHOES. Joe Sestak is gunning for someone.
But is it Gov. Tom Corbett or U.S. Sen. Pat Toomey?
Sestak, the former U.S. representative from Delaware County, raised more than $460,000 in campaign funds during the year's first quarter, according to Federal Election Commission records. The fact that he's in full fundraising mode has fueled talk he will run for governor next year or senator in 2016.
Sestak lost to Toomey in the 2010 Senate race after ending the political career of the late U.S. Sen. Arlen Specter in the Democrat primary. Currently an adjunct professor at Carnegie Mellon University, Sestak has been mum on his plans but has changed the name of his campaign committee from “Sestak for Senate” to “Friends of Joe Sestak.”
Sestak is running for something. We expect to see him in new Nikes sooner rather than later.
PENS DISS PEDUTO IN MAYORAL FACEOFF. Pittsburgh City Councilman Bill Peduto, a rabid hockey fan, had to have been perturbed to learn a top Penguins official is backing Jack Wagner,his main rival for the Democrat mayoral nomination.
Pens CEO David Morehouse was one of the hosts of a $1,000-per-person Wagner fundraiser on Monday at Heinz Field, as was another prominent local sports figure: Steelers President Art Rooney II. How does Peduto counter this stinging rebuke from the highest levels of the city's most beloved franchises?
We're not sure, as Pirates owner Bob Nutting usually backs Republican causes and candidates. Maybe Peduto can wangle an endorsement from a lesser-known Pirates figure.
Racing pierogi Cheese Chester, perhaps?
CAFFEINE AND CONGRESS. Constituents in the 12th Congressional District can sip a “cup of joe” with their U.S. representative this week.
Congressman Keith Rothfus, R-Sewickley, will host “Coffee with Keith” events running from 4 to 5:30 p.m. on Monday at The Lamplighter on Route 22 in Delmont and from 4:30 to 6 p.m. on Tuesday at Beaver Falls Coffee and Tea, 3219 Fourth Ave., Beaver Falls.
Rothfus also is asking residents to suggest locations for future “Coffee with Keith” events via his Facebook page and twitter.com/KeithRothfus.
TOOMEY LOVE. Although U.S. Sen. Pat Toomey's proposed gun-control legislation failed to muster enough votes to pass in the Senate, the Republican's fight did earn him some praise back home.
State Attorney General Kathleen Kane, a Democrat, credited Toomey's bipartisan efforts in a news release and in opinion pieces.
“Sen. Pat Toomey must have read and swore the same oath to the same Constitution that I did. He swore an oath to put his constituents' right to live in safer communities before the rights of partisan politics and well-funded, special-interest groups. Sen. Toomey stood up and proclaimed that 30,000 senseless and unnecessary gun fatalities each year are no longer acceptable,” Kane wrote.
“Sen. Toomey had the courage to worry more about the lives of the 90 percent of Americans who want to feel safer in their communities than the vocal and unreasonable minority who threaten to block his re-election efforts,” she added.
— compiled by Tribune-Review staff