County controller spokesman leaves for Wagner's campaign

Published by Andrew McGill on .

J.J. Abbott, spokesman for Allegheny County Controller Chelsa Wagner, is leaving to work on the mayoral campaign of her uncle, former Pa. Auditor General Jack Wagner.

From his farewell-for-now e-mail:

As many of you know, Jack gave me my first opportunity in Pittsburgh politics. I hold tremendous respect and admiration for Jack's lifetime of service and am excited to have the professional opportunity to work on this important campaign on behalf of Jack (although as a contingency of accepting the job, I've sworn to never reveal my favorite Wagner).

Mr. Abbott says he'll return to the controller's office after the race.

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