For those of you who haven't been following the saga of Mayor O'Connor, here is a brief synopsis:
- Mayor diagnosed with cancer, goes into hospital.
- Circle around mayor closes, allowing only close friends to see him while he's in the hospital.
- Under advisement from close friends (ie, cronies), mayor fires several aides that were seen as disloyal (the firings are done with the mayor on a conference call from his hospital bed). They were also more progressive, and not entrenched in the same political games that the other "close friends" were.
- With mayor still in hospital, several cronies, er, I mean, "close friends" show their influence.
Anyway, the kicker I promised:
What do three of the four "close friends" have in common? They are all working for (or with) Forest City / Harrahs in an effort to bring their casino to Pittsburgh. It's no wonder Mayor O'Connor refused to endorse a plan. I'll also be shocked and amazed if anyone but Harrahs is awarded this casino license.
Read the article if you haven't done so yet. I know Mayor Murphy wasn't anyone's favorite, but he certainly didn't seem to engage in these kind of games.