Mayor's Aide Rigs KDKA Poll
November 1, 2007 at 5:46 AM (PT)
A staffer for the Mayor of PITTSBURGH rigged his PC to vote repeatedly in favor of the Mayor in a CBS Talk KDKA-A/PITTSBURGH online poll, but a spokesperson for Mayor LUKE RAVENSTAHL says that the worker will not be punished for the act. The station posted a poll on morning host MARTY GRIFFIN's web page last week asking if the media had treated RAVENSTAHL unfairly in their coverage of recent CITY HALL scandals, and the worker in the Mayor's Computer Information Systems department set up a program to get around the poll's ban on repeat voting. No doubt thanks to the computer rigging, 86% of votes said the media was too harsh on the Mayor. Two other polls on whether listeners prefer RAVENSTAHL or Republican challenger MARK DESANTIS showed opposite results.
"He could have done the same thing for 'AMERICAN IDOL,'" said ALECIA SIRK, a spokesperson for the Mayor's office, referring to the computer tech who fixed the poll. "He's a private person who supports the mayor. He can do what he wants as a private person at home."