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April 26, 2011                                                 Olivia Benson

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Flaherty’s report highlights his hypocrisy

Controller calls for others to tighten their belts despite record of huge increases in his budget


PITTSBURGH:  Today, former County Council President Rich Fitzgerald’s campaign for County Executive released a statement in response to Controller Flaherty’s 2010 Comprehensive Annual Financial Report.


“Given the repeated requests for huge budget increases for his office, Mark Flaherty’s call for belt tightening on the county level is like Barry Bonds calling on witnesses to be truthful when testifying,” campaign Communications Director Olivia Benson said.  “As Controller, Mark Patrick Flaherty has cost taxpayers tens of thousands of dollars by placing stickers featuring his name on gas pumps around the county, and requested a 70% increase in his own budget – a 23% increase in 2010 alone.”


“Mark Flaherty wants taxpayers to forget that he spent their money promoting himself and that he repeatedly requested massive budget increases.  Unfortunately for him, the voters of Allegheny County will see through this charade and won’t fall for this election year conversion.”


A life-long Pittsburgher, Rich Fitzgerald grew up in the city’s Bloomfield neighborhood.  He graduated from Central Catholic High School and Carnegie Mellon University, where he earned a degree in mechanical engineering and minored in business.  Fitzgerald has owned and operated Aquenef Engineering, an Allegheny County-based small business, for the past 28 years.  He has been serving as a member of the Allegheny County Council since its inception in 2000 and as its president since 2004.  Rich and his wife Cathy live in the Squirrel Hill neighborhood with their eight children.




Olivia Benson

Rich Fitzgerald for County Executive

Communications Director