Councilman snubbed after deathbed politics

Sept. 7, 2006 at 12:08 AM

PITTSBURGH, Sept. 6 (UPI) -- Pittsburgh's City Council punished one of its members for campaigning to become council president before Mayor Bob O'Connor died last week.

Council members said they were disgusted by Councilman Jim Motznik's backroom politicking in the weeks leading up to O'Connor's death from cancer, the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review reported.

The council voted 7-1 to elect Motznik's political rival, Doug Shields, to succeed Luke Ravenstahl as council president, the newspaper said.

"The mayor was in his final hours, and this was not a good time to be lobbying for any votes for anything," said Councilwoman Tonya Payne.

The newspaper said Shields declined to comment on Motznik's snubbing.

"I only hope that I can live up to Mayor Bob O'Connor and the example that he set," Shields said.

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