March 14th, 2008
11:30 AM ET
10 years ago

Clinton wins backing of Pittsburgh mayor

 Ravenstahl is backing Clinton.

Ravenstahl is backing Clinton.

(CNN) - Hillary Clinton will get the endorsement of Pittsburgh Mayor Luke Ravenstahl at a campaign event Friday, sources close to the campaign confirmed.

The senator from New York will also get the backing of Allegheny County Executive Dan Onorato, the sources said.

Ravenstahl and Onorato are not superdelegates, but their endorsements add to Clinton's strong support among Democratic leaders in the state, where Clinton and Barack Obama will face their next contest on April 22.

Clinton also has the backing of Pennsylvania Gov. Ed Rendell, Philadelphia Mayor Mike Nutter, and the party's chairman in the state, T.J. Rooney.

Ravenstahl, 28, is the youngest mayor in Pittsburgh's history, according to the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette.

- CNN's Suzanne Malveaux and Sasha Johnson

Filed under: Hillary Clinton
soundoff (175 Responses)
  1. Edd

    To Mr. Ravenstahl, Thank you for your wise decision! Say what now Obama supporters?????? I think you need to bring Matt & Ben to have a solid support in PA. Let's face it, HILLARY is the most electable candidate & the superdelegates will see this!

    March 14, 2008 12:17 pm at 12:17 pm |
  2. Jamie

    What a hottie that mayor is. 🙂 Hillary Clinton is tthe absolute best choice and after yesterdays headlines re Obama's pastor and his GD America stuff Obama needs to rethinkk his run. His campaign has been about words and judegement adn this clearly shows a lack thereof.

    March 14, 2008 12:17 pm at 12:17 pm |
  3. SLO Bear

    Hope, backed by intelligence, wisdom, and action, will trump machinery and the status quo.

    March 14, 2008 12:17 pm at 12:17 pm |
  4. Joanne


    HILLARY 08

    March 14, 2008 12:18 pm at 12:18 pm |
  5. Jenny, Rio Vista, CA

    I don't care what the Clinton campaign say. As long as Barack Obama has more pledged delegates, more stats won, and the popular vote, he is the one that should be the democratic nominee.

    No ifs, ands, or buts.

    In the meantime, can democrats please refrain from donating money to the democratic party until Howard Dean is kicked out. he is the one that made the rules about Michigan and Florida and is now falling over his own feet trying to fix the mess.

    People are not allowed to vote twice in an election. These states were told that their votes wouldn't count...

    Would you let me change my mind and vote again......... I don't think so. Therefore you cannot allow other people in other states vote again. It's unconstitutional. Not that the constitution means anything these days.

    March 14, 2008 12:19 pm at 12:19 pm |
  6. Nicki

    Good for her.

    OBAMA 2008

    March 14, 2008 12:19 pm at 12:19 pm |
  7. Marc in DeKalb, IL

    With Clinton holding a ten to twenty point lead on Obama in Pennsylvania, this backing is nothing more than political pandering.

    No risk, no real position... it's a crowd pleaser for the cost of absolutely no political capital.

    It really doesn't matter.

    March 14, 2008 12:20 pm at 12:20 pm |
  8. peter

    City of Pittsburgh is one of the cities in PA that has the highest number old folks. Luke sure doesn't want to offend them by supporting Obama. He may be running for mayor again.

    Good luck with your support for old Hillary!

    Remember, city of pittsburgh is a college town with CMU, PITT, Duquane and various other universities. You practically turned down the young voters by supporting Hillary.

    March 14, 2008 12:20 pm at 12:20 pm |
  9. NIC

    Wonderful news, Hillary will probibly have a very good showing in PA with all these State and Local Democratic Leaders backing her. The question now becomes, if MI and Fl can get going here, then we'll get a real idea of who will be on top. Don't count Hillary out! If MI and FL can get a revote, both leaning toward Hillary, she can take the lead in pledge delegates. All three are big states favoring Hillary, almost 500 pledge delegates up for grabs with these three states together.

    March 14, 2008 12:21 pm at 12:21 pm |
  10. Anthony In New York City


    OBAMA O8!

    March 14, 2008 12:21 pm at 12:21 pm |
  11. Mike

    Glad you could join us on the winning team. HIllary!

    March 14, 2008 12:24 pm at 12:24 pm |
  12. jhs

    Smart young man!

    March 14, 2008 12:25 pm at 12:25 pm |
  13. Ohio Dem

    Woooo hooooo!

    March 14, 2008 12:25 pm at 12:25 pm |
  14. david


    March 14, 2008 12:26 pm at 12:26 pm |
  15. Darth Vadik, CA

    Ahhhhh ambition is a vanity, he obviously wants the backing of the DLC, but the DLC is the past...

    ...Obama and the new progressives are the future.

    March 14, 2008 12:26 pm at 12:26 pm |
  16. Freida NYC

    That's my girl!

    Hillary 2008/2012

    March 14, 2008 12:27 pm at 12:27 pm |
  17. PeterO

    Too bad the citizens of Pittsburgh will vote Obama. What did the Clinton campaign promise this young man?

    March 14, 2008 12:27 pm at 12:27 pm |

    WAY TO GO!!!



    March 14, 2008 12:27 pm at 12:27 pm |
  19. George

    Smart move young man. Who said young people cannot think beyond the noise. Here is a good example for our youg people to follow. Build that experience, learn from those who came before you, do not trash their exprience but use it wisely, who knows, white house could your address in the future. THIS IS HILLARY'S YEAR AND THANK YOU FOR THINKING BEFORE YOU SPEAK.

    March 14, 2008 12:27 pm at 12:27 pm |
  20. Scott

    I wonder what promises were made to this doof to get his endorsement?

    March 14, 2008 12:27 pm at 12:27 pm |
  21. Kathryn Irby - Metairie, LA

    Poor nieve Mayor!

    March 14, 2008 12:28 pm at 12:28 pm |
  22. Nuwan Samaranayake

    Good for her. She is still in the race and has the support of many influencial people. This is good democracy but bad for people with Obama mania. In my definition "Obama mania" is a new decease in this country where people are falling into words of Obama and chasing after the dream of change without having a clue whether he can really deliver that change.

    March 14, 2008 12:28 pm at 12:28 pm |
  23. tennessee

    Both Pittsburgh and Philadelphia will go to Barack by large magins.

    March 14, 2008 12:28 pm at 12:28 pm |
  24. Shane

    The results in PA will not matter because NC will go for Barack. NC has almost as much delegates as PA.

    March 14, 2008 12:28 pm at 12:28 pm |
  25. Peter

    Way to go, Hillary! Go all the way!

    March 14, 2008 12:30 pm at 12:30 pm |
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