Another Raja-Fitzgerald Dustup In Race For County Executive

PITTSBURGH (KDKA) — The candidates were out pressing the flesh Thursday.

Republican D. Raja was at a “Democrats for Raja” event in the county courtyard and Democrat Rich Fitzgerald at a building construction trades meeting with labor supporters.

But the campaign took another turn when Raja’s campaign charged that Fitzgerald had become “unhinged” after a debate earlier this week.

“Under the campaign pressure, he’s yelling not at my staffer but at my staffer’s wife,” Raja told KDKA Political Editor Jon Delano.

“Talk about that. If he can’t handle the campaign pressure and he’s acting this way, and when he’s saying he’s so many points up, what does it tell you? How is he going to handle a crisis?”

Fitzgerald has called Raja’s campaign managers sleazy and said so again during the debate. Afterwards Raja manager Mark Harris confronted him.

“They tried to stalk me the other night, blocking the doorway,” retorts Fitzgerald.

“He went to introduce himself to my wife,” recalls Harris, “and she said, well ‘I’m his wife,’ and Rich then said, ‘That’s not something I would be proud of,’ and stormed out of the room. I’ve been in this business, and I’ve never seen anything like this before.”

Fitzgerald says he did say that to Mrs. Harris, but was hardly unhinged or insulting.

“Mrs. Harris is a political operative herself,” notes Fitzgerald. “She’s a member of the Republican Committee. She’s a partner in this consulting firm that is doing this smear work since the very beginning.”

And Fitzgerald suspects a set-up.

Delano: “Was it a set-up?”

Harris: “Absolutely not, no, that’s ludicrous.”

Set-up or not, the latest brouhaha comes just as a new Civic Science poll shows Fitzgerald with an 18-point lead over Raja, 48 percent to 30 percent, with 22 percent undecided.

“With a large undecided, so the way I look at this, right now it’s who gets the vote out,” notes Raja.

“You don’t take anything for granted. We’re going to go out and campaign, but it’s a good position to be in,” adds Fitzgerald.

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  1. CHUTE PAGLIONI says:

    Desparte Raja will say just about anything now to discredit Rich. Raja is a soldier of the Tea party and a corporate Puppet. If we allow him to get elected there will be countless Job loses, farm outs, service cuts. I guarentee you. Your not going to see no savings in your Tax bill either. He will be just like Corbett. Once elected he’ll lock himself in his office and start swinging the ax. He won’t answer any questions or letters and he’ll block any efforts of expansion or upgrading services or oppurtunity’s for our county. The Tea party in Washington will be his base and he will follow their lead doing nothing and logjamming everything for the working class and the 99percenters.

    1. Crow says:

      Get a clue…Raja has nothing to do with the Tea Party! I am a Conservative and proud of the Tea Party….Do you really know what the tea party is about??? Please do not just associate all republicans with the tea party…..THERE IS A BIG DIFFERENCE BETWEEN THEM!! AND WHATS WITH THIS 99% THING???? Do yourself a favor and research the whole tax thing…..your 99%ers are 99 percent full of horse dung!!! And please tell me the last time a poor man signed your paycheck…that is if you ever held a job!

      DO YOU WANT TO KNOW THE DIFFERENCE BETWEEN YOUR SO CALLED 99%ERS AND THE TEA PARTY…..THE TEA PARTY MAKES A STATEMENT AND GOES ABOUT ITS BUSINESS YOU 99%ERS MAKE A SCENE, SPECTIACALE AND OFFER ABSOULTELY NO POINT WHAT SO EVER….WONDER WHOS GONNA PAY FOR THAT CLEAN UP AT GRANT AND 6TH…CERTAINLY NOT THE IDIOTS CAMPING ON PRIVATE PROPERTY…THEY WILL LEAVE A MESS AND EXPECT SOMEONE ELSE TO PAY FOR IT……AND IM 99% SURE OF THAT!!

  2. Hotel6 says:

    Me thinks chute is your typical freeloader

  3. Whiskey says:

    When are the idiots in Allegheny county and Pittsburgh going to realize the democrats give to the lazy? Tax tax tax tax tax tax.

  4. gman says:

    Four times pittsburgh has been chosen as America`s most livable city and now we`re on the list of 20 places on the planet that people should visit in 2012. Darn those Dems.

  5. gman says:

    Show us the ad. Is it in the Post-Gazette or the Trib?

    1. Good Luck G rapper man says:

      Did you notice my comments were deleted concerning your question it appears some don’t want your question answered g rapper man..
      Once again Post Gazette in early September under general labor and I do have a copy and I showed it to a lot of people .
      It is also national news now if you would get off your butt and do the research sorry I can’t hold your hand and guide you through it.

  6. gman says:

    I did see the story on the much discredited FAUX news site regarding former ACORN employees working for OWS. The Vietnam war protests also had some paid staff working on logistics,fundraising,etc. So what? It might be time for FAUX and it`s cult like viewers to get over the fact that ACORN registered a couple million new voters that may have cost McCain and the bimbo from Alaska the election. They`re still smearing an organization that doesn`t exist anymore. FOX…we distort…you decide.

    1. why???? says:

      I’m sorry it was a Post Gazette ad not a FOX news ad, once again did you notice your question above was a reply to a removed post of mine the one you made at 11/4/2011 at 10: 56 am.
      It appears someone wants this to be removed, why?????

      1. Thats Strange says:

        Another Post Gazette ad, 11/6/2011, general labor, page G-3 Community Organizers Wanted AFL-CIO , for economic justice, hmmmm wander what that’s for.

  7. gman says:

    That`s strange: It looks like the ad is for community organizers. The AFL-CIO has always campaigned for economic justice. It`s one of those Christian things.

    1. Charity says:

      Yeah, churches do those christian things to but are FORCED to change their ways due to health care laws which FORCE them to change their charity structures.
      The protester ads said similar things but you’re in denial about that to.

  8. Mad Hatter says:

    RAJA gets my vote tomorrow!

    1. PGH Michelle says:

      Same here. i am done with Democrats / Unions/ Protestors/Freeloaders.

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