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Heidi Murrin | Tribune-Review - Pittsburgh Mayor Bill Peduto addresses The Press Club of Western Pennsylvania and the Society for Professional Journalists at the Engineers' Society of Western Pennsylvania building in Pittsburgh Wednesday, January 15, 2014.
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Bob Casey seems too bland and unthreatening for anyone to consider him an enemy.

But the laconic U.S. senator of Pennsylvania made former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton's so-called “hit list” for backing Barack Obama instead of her during the 2008 Democrat presidential primary race. The revelation is in the forthcoming book “HRC: State Secrets and the Rebirth of Hillary Clinton” by Jonathan Allen and Amie Parnes , due out on Feb. 11 from publisher Crown.

According to the book, two Clinton aides numerically rated members of Congress from one to seven based on their support — or lack thereof — for Clinton. A score of seven was considered the most treacherous. Among those branded with the scarlet number were Casey and a former U.S. senator of Massachusetts with Pittsburgh ties — Secretary of StateJohn Kerry, husband of Fox Chapel's own Teresa Heinz.

We just can't reconcile Casey's personality with his inclusion on this enemies list. It's akin to finding vanilla just below Sriracha on a list of bold flavors.

PEDUTO STAYS IN THE KNOW. No one can accuse Pittsburgh Mayor Bill Peduto of not keeping up with the local newspapers.

In a question-and-answer session at the Press Club of Western Pennsylvania on Wednesday, Peduto took a question from Andrew Goldstein, editor of the Point Park University paper, called the Globe. After Goldstein introduced himself, Peduto said he likes the Globe and praised it for an editorial that ran in the weekly's edition that had just come out that day.

The new mayor might be busy with the city's ongoing pothole blitz and preparing for upcoming union negotiations but he still finds time to keep up with what one of the local college newspapers has to say about him.

CANUCKS MAKE CORBETT CAMPAIGN. Gov. Tom Corbett 's campaign staff should have known better.

Recently announcing that Corbett and Lt. Gov. Jim Cawley are being backed for re-election by the newly formed group Farm Families for Corbett-Cawley, the governor's campaign website understandably displayed many photos of farmers. Too bad none of them hails from Pennsylvania.

In using stock photos of Canadian farmers, campaign officials were guilty of something for which Corbett's staff admonished another group in 2012. When American Working Families released a series of anti-Corbett ads, the governor's staff did some research and discovered that many of the “American” families pictured in the spots were stock-photo Canadians.

HEADING TO D.C. Westmoreland County Republicans will be represented among audience members during the State of the Union address on Jan. 28.

Jill Cooper, Westmoreland's GOP chairwoman, was invited by U.S. Rep. Tim Murphy, R-Upper St. Clair, to be his guest.

“The congressman asked me to represent all the hard-working grassroots folks from Westmoreland County. Thrilled to be going!” Cooper wrote on the county GOP committee's blog.

It might not be easy to catch a glimpse of her on the tube, though. Cooper noted she will be “up in the gallery.”

— compiled by Tribune-Review staff

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