Chelsa Wagner booted from party, rips Fitzgerald

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Allegheny County Controller Chelsa Wagner, still smarting from her swift dismissal at the behest of county Executive Rich Fitzgerald from a party he co-hosted this weekend with Pittsburgh Mayor-elect Bill Peduto, says Mr. Fitzgerald “needs to grow up.”

The controller found herself being shown the door by Mr. Fitzgerald shortly after showing up at the New York City event, which hosted around 500 people amid the larger Pennsylvania Society hobnob.

“He said, ‘You are not welcome here,’ very plainly and sternly,” Ms. Wagner said. “I put my hand on his arm and said, ‘Merry Christmas, Rich.’ ”

Mr. Fitzgerald acknowledged the incident this weekend and said Ms. Wagner was not invited to the party, calling her an “obstructionist” who has made his life miserable for the past two years.

As it turns out, she actually was invited. On Monday, Ms. Wagner’s staff released the email invitation she received in November, as well as her RSVP — and the subsequent “Thanks!” from a Fitzgerald campaign staffer.

That came up Monday during an appearance from Mr. Fitzgerald on News Radio 1020 KDKA’s “Mike Pintek Show.” “It was a party for friends and supporters. She was not supposed to be there and wasn’t invited,” Mr. Fitzgerald said.

But she was invited, Mr. Pintek pointed out.

“Well, she shouldn’t have been,” Mr. Fitzgerald said. “OK, my staff made a mistake, I get that.”

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