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Chelsa Wagner to Rich Fitzgerald: "Grow up"

Published by Andrew McGill on .

You know that awkward thing? Where you see someone at a party you're hosting, and you really don't like them, so you shove them out the door ...

... and then find out you invited them?

No. Because that never happens. Alas, it happened to Allegheny County Executive Rich Fitzgerald, who showed Allegheny County Controller Chelsa Wagner the door after she showed up to a Pennsylvania Society party he co-hosted this weekend with Pittsburgh Mayor-elect Bill Peduto.

Ms. Wagner, still smarting from her swift dismissal, said Monday that Mr. Fitzgerald "needs to grow up."

"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.'"

She left, but not before taking a selfie. (Thanks for the screenshot, PoliticsPA.)

Mr. Fitzgerald has acknowledged the incident 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.

Wellllllllllll ... as it turns out ...

... she actually was invited.

On Monday, Ms. Wagner’s staff released the e-mail invitation she received in November, as well as her RSVP — and the subsequent “Thanks!” from a Fitzgerald campaign staffer. (It's included after the jump.)

It 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 on the air.

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.”

It continues. "We're political enemies. Why would I have my enemy at my party? Would you have your enemy at your party, Mike?"

And continues. "This is someone who, quite frankly, doesn't go to work that often."

Can this rift be healed? Can't we just all go back to meeting Bruce Springsteen together?

Meh, says Ms. Wagner. "I guess I'm frequently in a lot of places where Rich doesn’t want me to be," she said. "Looking at county business and county books ... I see it as my job to be places where he doesn’t want me to be."

The promised RSVP:

 

---------- Forwarded message ----------
From: Eric Hagarty < This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. >
Date: Wed, Dec 4, 2013 at 4:56 PM
Subject: Re: Rich Fitzgerald and Bill Peduto PA Society Event
To: Chelsa Calendar < This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. >

Thanks Genie!

 

On Tue, Dec 3, 2013 at 4:32 PM, Chelsa Calendar < This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. > wrote:

I am writing to RSVP for the Rich Fitzgerald and Bill Peduto on December 13, 2013 at 5pm.  The following individuals will attend:

Allegheny County Controller Chelsa Wagner

Khari Mosley

 

If you need anything from me, please do not hesitate to contact me.

 

Thank you.

 

Genie Beckom

Executive Assistant to Chelsa Wagner

 

 

 



 

--

Eric Hagarty

Campaign Manager

Bill Peduto for Mayor

PO Box 9161

Pittsburgh, PA 15224

This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

412-254-4506

 

 

 

ORIGINAL INVITATION

 

---------- Forwarded message ----------
From: Eric Hagarty < This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. >
Date: Mon, Nov 25, 2013 at 2:55 PM
Subject: Pennsylvania Society
To: Undisclosed recipients < This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. >

Dear friends,

 

If you make the trip to New York this year for Pennsylvania Society, I hope you'll join Allegheny County Executive Rich Fitzgerald and Pittsburgh Mayor-Elect Bill Peduto for a special reception while you're there - the invitation is embedded below.

 

The reception is free of charge, and will take place from 5-7pm on Friday, December 13 at Inside Park at St. Bart's, located less than a block away from the Waldorf. We'll be featuring hors d'oeuvres and the best in Pennsylvania beer, wine, and spirits.

 

Let me know if you plan on attending, and please feel free to invite your friends, colleagues, and clients as well!

 

Take care,

Eric

 

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