In response to the Dec. 16 article “Chelsa Wagner Booted From Party, Rips Fitzgerald”: When I read how Allegheny County Executive Rich Fitzgerald ran county Controller Chelsa Wagner out of his reception at the Pennsylvania Society, I must say I was hardly surprised. It seems expected that Mr. Fitzgerald would eject from a party one of the few elected county officials bold enough to challenge him.
Given Mr. Fitzgerald’s practice of promoting deals beneficial to his natural gas cronies while detrimental to Allegheny County, why would he want someone he hasn’t been able to buy celebrating alongside him?
Mr. Fitzgerald has called Ms. Wagner an “enemy” and an “obstructionist,” which makes me fear what Mr. Fitzgerald might get away with if someone he deemed a “friend” held the position as controller. If looking into county business and books makes Ms. Wagner persona non grata in Mr. Fitzgerald’s eyes, I hope she continues to be banned from his parties for a long time.
I applaud her for being a strong female voice in local politics who not only stands up to Mr. Fitzgerald but also stands up for our best interests as county taxpayers and residents.