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If you’ve spent any time on this web site, you probably have a good idea of where Democratic mayoral candidate and Pittsburgh City Councilor Bill Peduto stands on urban policy issues and government reform, but how much do you know about the man himself? If you follow Bill on Twitter or subscribe to him on Facebook, you already know he’s a huge hockey fan and he does his own tweets, but what else lies behind the wonk?

Pittsburgh Quarterly magazine takes a look at “Who is Bill Peduto?” in their fall issue and finds someone who manages to “simultaneously channel both Don Quixote and Machiavelli, combining why-not idealism with 19 years of hand-to-hand political combat in City Council.”

They also find someone with one of the best first-day-on-the job stories ever (he had a summer job as deputy coroner):

“I was early. My boss wasn’t in yet. A call came in. There was a body in McKees Rocks. Nobody there that morning had a driver’s license. So they asked me, ‘Will you drive the van?’ So it’s raining, a guy had been hit by a train. The officer looked at me and said, ‘OK, bag the body.’ So we began to pick the person up. I freaked out—and I dropped him. I still remember, the officer just looked at me and said, ‘Hey. Don’t hurt him.’ I went back to the office and said, ‘I quit.’ But my boss said, ‘No, that’s not your job. You’re supposed to file things and answer press calls.’ And the next summer, I went to Capitol Hill as an intern.”

You can read the entire article online here or buy the magazine at the stores listed here.


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