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Braddock mayor vs. Stephen Colbert

Written by Sharon Eberson on .

Mayor Fetterman with Colbert

Mayor John Fetterman of Braddock was the guest on "The Colbert Report" last night, and while host Stephen Colbert invited him on because of something about the town being open to "urban experiments," Mayor Fetterman made his case for revitalizing his town, devestated by the death of the steel industry and with housing values at around $6,200, and kept his cool while Colbert tried to make big jokes about what a big guy he is.

Frankly, I expected laughs when Mayor Fetterman said his first hope for his town was a Subway franchise, but in this economy, the audience perhaps was more sympathetic to the plight of a town that's fallen on such hard times.

In the end, Colbert pointed out to the audience that the mayor tattoos the dates of murder victims in his town and urged Republicans who say they'll turn down money from the stimulus plan to send their share to Braddock.

I'm sure that had nothing to do with Mayor Fetterman offering up his town as a site for the Stephen Colbert Museum and Gift Shop.

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