Quiet Skills of an Unbeatable Grunt

At first glance Pittsburgh Mayor Richard Caliguiri, 49, appears to be the very model of a modern civil servant. Indeed, he served 15 years with the parks and recreation department before getting elected to the city council in 1970. Slight (5 ft. 6 in.) and unobtrusive, he has the muzzy charm of a maitre d' and avoids controversies as if they were fatal diseases. As a Democrat in a city where his party has a 5-to-1 lead in registrations, Caliguiri (pronounced Cal-i-jeery) would be favored for reelection. But the diffident mayor is so popular...

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