Tinker wrote:NIN, how can you blame Swann for not coming up with an alternative plan, yet. He doesn't hold an office. You can guarantee anything he could offer would have holes punched in it because he doesn't have the info he would need to formulate such a plan.
Putting personal politics aside, Swann and the 28 local politicians have backed the only plan that guarantees the Pens stay. I'm not a resident of PA anymore, but with the passion I feel for keeping the Pens, (which you feel as well), my vote would be 99% weighted toward what each candidate hoping to get my vote has done for the Pens. Rendell & Onorata have done nothing until it is almost (hopefully not) too late.
If they would have come up with plan B before the Pens & IOC made their proposal, the Pens would likely have signed. As it is, Rendell & Onorata are just trying to pull their fat out of the frier (pun intended) because it is an election year.
Elections come and go, and the collective impact in PA swings, but it is right around the middle of the political pendullum. This is one issue that individual politicians can make a difference in what I care about, so if I were still a resident, I would pull the lever for those who did me right on this issue, no matter how hard it would be to vote Lib.
Some valid points but my point is that they didnt even suggest they would make a backup plan themselves if eleceted. That is a strong campaign promise that would have to be backed up immediately if they were elected. Instead we got DEMOCRAT BASHING and NOTHING else...they dont care about IOC....they dont care about Pittsburgh....they dont care about the Penguins.....they just want elected and poeple are actually buying their BS.
Randell and his demobrats are wrong for not backing IOC but they have played this situation perfectly from a political point of veiw. There are poeple out there who dont care for an arena or hockey. They are the 60 and over folks AND THEY OUTNUMBER US. Dismissing the other 2 applicants by supporting one tells our old folks that they arent taking the property tax issue seriously. They have done and acted exactly how politicians should act and I think its only right to recognize that even if you disagree with their lack of passion for the right cause.