Memorable Political Foibles

Twittergate
Twittergate
Two Twitter users caused quite a stir in the political blogosphere in May of 2010. Attorney General Tom Corbett subpoenaed Twitter for the identities of users "CasablancaPA" and "BFBarbie." Both users were critical of Corbett and the Bonusgate investigation. The AG's office believed "CasablancaPA" was Brett Cott, a defendant in the Bonusgate case and wanted to prove that he wrote the blog "CasablancaPA" to show he demonstrated no remorse for his actions. The AG's office withdrew the subpoena after Cott was sentenced.
Former State Rep. Jeff Habay
Former State Rep. Jeff Habay
Jeff Habay, a former Republican state representative, was convicted on a charge of conflict of interest for allegedly having his staff do campaign work on state time back in 2005. In a separate case,. he was accused of falsely claiming that he was mailed an envelope containing white powder from a constituent who had sued and asked a judge to audit Habay's political action committee.
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State Sen. Jane Orie
State Sen. Jane Orie, a Republican representing the North Hills, was accused of using her staff to make political phone calls for her sister, Joan Orie Melvin, who was running for the State Supreme Court. Paperwork in the investigation revealed that Orie and one of her sisters contacted Carolann Sano, a Philadelphia-based clairaudient, also known as an "Angel Lady" while under grand jury investigation.
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Former State Rep. Ken Ruffing
Former State Rep. Ken Ruffing
Former State Rep. Ken Ruffing came under fire by a political opponent back in 2006. The issue - Ruffing said he used part of his controversial legislative pay raise to donate money to an autism charity and refused to name the organization. After facing defeat in the primary, Ruffing later admitted that he didn't donate the money, but used it to send his son, who has autism, to a school for special needs children. He was also accused of hitting a parked car and driving off while under the influence of alcohol in August of that year.
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Former State Rep. Mike Veon (Photo Credit: KDKA)
Former City Councilwoman Twanda Carlisle
Former City Councilwoman Twanda Carlisle
Former Pittsburgh City Councilwoman Twanda Carlisle made headlines in 2007 for her alleged involvement in a kickback scheme, diverting up to $34,000 of city money to her personal bank account over a three-year period. In an attempt to recoup the money, her assets were frozen and she was ordered to turn over a $4,500 fur coat.
Legislative Pay Raises
Legislative Pay Raises
In the summer of 2005, state lawmakers gave themselves a pay raise in the middle of the night and the vote caused an uproar among voters across the state. In the following months, the Legislature passed a bill to repeal the pay raises. However, in the May 2006 primary, voters didn't forget and many incumbents lost their bids for re-election. (Photo by William Thomas Cain/Getty Images)
Pittsburgh Mayor Luke Ravenstahl
Pittsburgh Mayor Luke Ravenstahl
Pittsburgh Mayor Luke Ravenstahl made headlines early in his administration after he met PGA golfer Tiger Woods at Oakmont Country Club back in 2007. The controversy was the notion that he "crashed" a private American Express event. Ravenstahl was reportedly told he was not invited to attend, but showed up at the club anyway. A video produced by Am-Ex confirmed the mayor's presence at the event. The mayor's office said at the time it was a lifelong dream to meet Woods and that the club was not upset by the mayor's conduct. Oakmont Country Club wouldn't comment on the matter.

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