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Councilmans petitions named famous non-residents, ends bid
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PITTSBURGH (AP) — A 12-year Allegheny County councilman has withdrawn his nominating petitions — and thus ended his last re-election bid — in grand style.

Seventy-three-year-old William Robinson’s petitions indicated he personally collected more than 300 signatures from people including actors Russell Crowe and Naomi Watts, comedian Kevin Hart, former Pittsburgh Steeler Jerome Bettis — and his two May primary opponents.

The trouble is none — except the opponents who deny signing the petitions — are residents or registered voters in Robinson’s council district, which covers part of Pittsburgh, Forest Hills and Wilkinsburg.

The Democrat didn’t immediately return a call and email to his office Wednesday.

Robinson’s opponents had filed a court challenge over the petitions. An attorney for the county elections department told a judge Wednesday that Robinson has withdrawn the petitions.