Happy Friday. We'll be at the Commonwealth Court hearing on Mark Critz's challenge of fellow congressman Jason Altmire's nominating petitions this morning, but a couple quick headlines first:
State Sen. Jane Orie's corruption trial continued yesterday, with testimony from former chief of staff Jamie Pavlot:
But it was an email exchange between Ms. Pavlot and the senator that could prove to be one of the strongest pieces of evidence in the case accusing Ms. Orie of theft of services.
In the hours after an intern resigned her position with Mr. Orie, Ms. Pavlot, under direction from her boss, quickly scurried to create a separate campaign office.
The first email on the subject was sent by Ms. Orie at 1:43 p.m. on Oct. 30, 2009, just five hours after an intern quit because she was uncomfortable with campaign activity that was occurring in the legislative office.
In Ms. Orie's email, titled "Campaign Headquarters," sent from her personal account, she wrote, "We need to begin finding one ... set up desk etc. ... Josh needs to carry the laptop everyday once we get headquarters and set laptop up in campaign. ... have papers etc. there."