Thursday, July 27, 2006
STATUE OF LATE MAYOR RICHARD CALIGUIRI TERMINATED
In yet another startling turn of events associated with the shake-up at City Hall, the bronze sculpture of late Mayor Richard Caliguiri has been given his walking papers.
"We can no longer afford to have any dead weight at the City-County Building," said mayoral spokesperson Dick Skrinjar. "We must be pragmatic, and the fact of the matter is, Caliguiri is not only known for being late, but he has been in the same position since Renaissance II."
Insiders have said, however, that the unexpected and sudden termination was motivated by politics and Caliguiri's statue's refusal to align himself with O'Connor -- not finances.
"La Costa Nostra -- as we refer to them them -- has been nothing but a very effective smokescreen," said one insider. "Don't fool yourself, the mafia that wields the real power in this town are the diaspora of Dublin. The name Regan carries a lot more weight than Costa around here.
"If Caliguiri's statue puts up the slightest resistance, don't be surprised if someone finds it tied to a slab of concrete and swimming with the fishes in the Mon," he added.
(Photo: Pittsburgh Post-Gazette)