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Tony Moreno Says He's Considering Accepting Republican Nomination For Pittsburgh Mayor

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The last Republican mayor of Pittsburgh was 88 years ago. But it looks like Tony Moreno, a Democrat, will win the write-in vote for the Republican nomination for mayor this November; KDKA's Jon Delano reports.

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- The last time there was a Republican mayor of Pittsburgh was 88 years ago, but it looks like Tony Moreno, a Democrat, will win the write-in for the Republican nomination this November. Political editor, Jon Delano, spoke with him about whether he will accept the Republican nomination.

- Retired police officer Tony Moreno came in third for the Democratic nomination, but he may get another crack at the mayor's office. I reached out to him on vacation, where I asked if he would accept the Republican write-in nomination.

TONY MORENO: I'm going to get home. I have to go over with my family, and with my team, and some of my consultants. We've got to crunch numbers, and we just really have to make sure that there is a legitimate path to victory.

- Democrats outnumber Republicans by five to one in the city, but Moreno says, if he runs, he runs as a Democrat. Just a more moderate one than Ed Ganey, who, he says, is even more liberal than Bill Peduto.

- When he came out to run, that's how he announced. I'm to the left of Bill Peduto, but I'm not a socialist. But he put the socialist Democrat groups in charge of his campaign committee, and he has the group from Philadelphia running his message.

SAM DEMARCO: I think this represents an opportunity for Pittsburghers to have a choice in the November elections.

- Republican Party Chair Sam DeMarco doesn't expect Moreno to change parties, but says the primary was, basically, a vote against Peduto, not for Ganey. Now, both Moreno and Ganey can be scrutinized.

- Representative Ganey would definitely take the city of Pittsburgh in a further leftward direction.

- Moreno says, if he decides to run, his message, will not change, like this pledge he made just before the primary.

- Bring those neighborhood leaders together, and ask them what they need. We're going to put police officers back on the street. We're going to bring the rules back into order. We're going to have them interact with our neighborhoods. And we're going to get downtown running, and clean, and safe again.

JON DELANO: I reached out to the Ganey campaign for a comment, but none so far. If Moreno runs, he knows the last Republican nominee to win the mayor's office was back in 1929. Jon Delano, KDKA News.