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. dee

    Clinton might win the Mayor's endorsement but she certainly doesn't have the endorsement of the many people that I know in Pittsburgh. I am so disappointed that this race has gotten to this point. It is really a disgrace that the 21st century still has that ugly face called "RACISM". Yes people are seeing through the thick smoke that the Clinton campaign is blowing up. You know, at one point I was going to vote for Hillary Clinton, but my vote changed when I saw the games they were playing. I thought they were really trying to make a change for the better but I asked myself who was she making a better change for? Was it for herself and her place in history. If she was for the people this issue of gender and race and who will be the first wouldn't have been at the top of her list. No I am not an angry white female I am a disappointed and an aware black female who will pull her vote from Clinton.

    March 14, 2008 12:45 pm at 12:45 pm |
  2. NoBama

    Obama is ruining the Democratic Party.
    He should just get out!

    March 14, 2008 12:45 pm at 12:45 pm |
  3. Andre

    my are these east coast supporters supporting HRC because she is white and if she wasn't the only white person on the democratic ticket running would they all try and endorse her. is this some way a back door deal, with those who fill the owe the clintons something those highlights never get broadcast, that many supporters vote for clinton because she is white. do we do the statistic to show when hillary gets vote hommany whit voters period vote hillary, are do we even do the math when it comes to white voters in the predom-states that vote for Barak O. because he's black, i'm sorry that would mean they are using color as a factor. please we are a country of colors, anythng we do the media highlights the color, maybe we should scrap our skin off and be called skinless voters that way they can't really see who we are. people we say it the media highlights it and a fire storm starts, certain people didn't want this to be a dream ticket and they have let it be known guess what from our own democratic parties

    March 14, 2008 12:46 pm at 12:46 pm |
  4. jl

    Congrats to Hillary!

    However, I still hope Obama is able to stay on the course he initialy set and prove to PA, Indiana, North Carolina and Michigan voters that without a doubt, he is the best candidate for our country at this moment in time.

    March 14, 2008 12:46 pm at 12:46 pm |
  5. Trina

    I smell a DEWEY DEFEATS TRUMAN upset coming on!

    Obama 08!

    March 14, 2008 12:47 pm at 12:47 pm |
  6. simple thought ?

    Clinton's win in Philly, will be so big on the 22nd of April that the pundants will be in shock.


    March 14, 2008 12:48 pm at 12:48 pm |
  7. Sarah L, Fayetteville, AR

    I just don't see the point in keeping this primary going. Hillary will not catch up in pledged delegates and, to compensate, her campaign has created this 'big state battleground' theory to support superdelegates choosing her over Senator Obama. The problem is that winning a primary doesn't guarantee you win the state in November. Period. It doesn't matter if it's a big state or a small state, red or blue, battleground or not. Let's get this over with and move on.

    March 14, 2008 12:48 pm at 12:48 pm |
  8. kathleen

    Penn. do not listen to these Politicians. Remember how they
    act when they get promotions all the way to Congress. Boy, we
    sure know how to pick em.

    Obama 2008

    March 14, 2008 12:50 pm at 12:50 pm |
  9. objective voter

    Let's salvage this mess.
    Let's right this wrong and stop the Media fueled rigging of this election.

    Clinton voters were not allowed to vote at caucus and/ or were not counted in states where they DID vote.

    That's right: Obama ran ads in Florida, Clinton did NOT.
    Both followed the illegal ruling denying Americans their vote and Neither one of them campaigned in Florida. All the candidates were on the ballot. THAT election was as fair as any other.

    The disenfranchised voters need the people who have yet to cast a ballot to turn this circus around. It is up to the future voters to fix what the DNC messed up

    March 14, 2008 12:51 pm at 12:51 pm |
  10. Brad

    Well that is a ringing endorsement as Onorato and Ravenstahl are 2 of the least regarded Democrats in this state over the last 6 months. About the only Democrat that is mistrusted more than those 2 in Pittsburgh is Rendell.

    March 14, 2008 12:51 pm at 12:51 pm |
  11. Paulinus

    The young mayor had to follow Philadelphia's Mayor in a bid to hammer Obama. However, there are other important primaries ahead.

    March 14, 2008 12:52 pm at 12:52 pm |
  12. norvef

    good for her.

    Obama 08'

    March 14, 2008 12:52 pm at 12:52 pm |
  13. gary

    That away HRC. He knows that America needs you. You show your real colors Red,White,and Blue.You have helped many people in this country and always had time for their needs.Its a shame that many turned their back on you that you were there for .Latino's wont forget how the Clintons was there for them. Its a shame this has turned into an ugly racial race.Hang in there and fight like the fighter you are. Someday America will find out, that they voted the wrong canadate in Obama.I guess things got to get worst before America really wakes up. concern Vet

    March 14, 2008 12:54 pm at 12:54 pm |
  14. debi11768

    Good for him, he knows who has experience, and who can win against McCain.

    Hopefully , the wonderful exposure the media is finally giving with regards to the great people Obama keeps company with will wake up some of his supporters before it is too late.

    March 14, 2008 12:54 pm at 12:54 pm |
  15. Michael "C" in Lorton, Virginia

    Hillary might win Pennsylvania, but her margin will be insignificant. She will never make up the delegate deficit.

    March 14, 2008 12:54 pm at 12:54 pm |
  16. Richard

    Wasted endorsement. Obama 08

    March 14, 2008 12:54 pm at 12:54 pm |
  17. Adam

    Smart Move Pittsburgh Mayor Luke Ravenstahl!!! I guess not all people under 30 are jumping on the Obama Cult Express!!

    March 14, 2008 12:54 pm at 12:54 pm |
  18. Willis

    This does mean that much! Obama received backing of the Kennedy's and did not carry the State during the primary!

    Endorsement don't carry much weight these days.

    March 14, 2008 12:55 pm at 12:55 pm |
  19. Truth

    Economically Pittsburgh has been one of the cities in decline for years. The management of the city has been occupied by Democratics for years. Has anyone see the parallel line here? Most of the politicians in Pittsburgh and in Philadelphia are old-school politicians. Supporting Hillary Clinton is just part of the "Business as Usual". If the voters in Pittsburgh really believe the endorsement , then I guess the decline of living in Pittsburgh will continue.

    Obama 08!

    March 14, 2008 12:56 pm at 12:56 pm |
  20. mimi de la cruz for OBAMA


    March 14, 2008 12:56 pm at 12:56 pm |
  21. Adam

    Pennsylvania is Hillary Country!!!

    March 14, 2008 12:56 pm at 12:56 pm |
  22. An Agnostic Democrat

    Thatnks for the challenge. The Obama campaign looks forward to exceeding expectations even with all the Clinton machinery in place.
    Never met a bar that hasn't been raised, never met an obstacle that can't be overcome. Touche!

    March 14, 2008 12:56 pm at 12:56 pm |
  23. hopeful

    Let us hope that there are enough outstanding votes out there to turn this tide.

    The bandwagon got help rigging this primary for Obama. The media was the worst. They were so awestruck that they did not criticize Obama. In fact the kept praising him and making excuses for him.

    Hate is not hate from Obama, his wife, his pastor.

    Simple and truthful Observations about race, IS hate if it comes from Bill or Hillary or Geraldine.

    Let's end this game

    March 14, 2008 12:56 pm at 12:56 pm |
  24. Brooke

    I am a Republican, but go Hillary! People from a wide spectrum of Pennsylvania are supporting her, and with good reason.

    March 14, 2008 12:57 pm at 12:57 pm |
  25. Rlewis Tx

    Republicans doing there dirty politcs sure they are for Hillary now but Mccain In November !!!!!!!

    March 14, 2008 12:57 pm at 12:57 pm |
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