U.S. Rep. Mike Doyle, D-Forest Hills, has hired the son of former Pittsburgh Mayor Bob O'Connor and a former City Council candidate to replace two employees who took jobs with Mayor Luke Ravenstahl's administration.
Corey O'Connor, 22, of Squirrel Hill, started work Wednesday in the post of field representative. He will be based in Pittsburgh and will work with community groups. He served as an intern to the congressman last year.
K. Chase Patterson, 23, of Point Breeze, started last week as a caseworker in the Downtown office. He announced a bid for Councilwoman Twanda Carlisle's post earlier this year, but dropped out of that race.
"We've got the makings of two great, young employees," Mr. Doyle said yesterday.
Mr. O'Connor has a teaching degree from Duquesne University, but speculation about a future in politics has been widespread since his father's Sept. 1 death from cancer.
Mr. Doyle said that when the field representative position opened up, he sought "someone that knows a little bit about local government" and is "not bashful." He said Mr. O'Connor will be tasked with helping local officials, senior citizens, community groups, fire companies and others access federal benefits and programs.
He will be paid in the $30,000 to $35,000-a-year range.
They replace Sabrina Saunders and Jason Tagano, both of whom were hired into Mr. Ravenstahl's administration in recent weeks.
Asked whether he was upset that Mr. Ravenstahl hired away two of his staff members, he said that's "not anything that serves any productive purpose to talk about, anyway. ... If we fight, we fight in private."
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