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Carney briefs media on wife's book

| Saturday, March 15, 2014, 9:00 p.m.

Talk about kissing up to the missus.

Responding to a question on Wednesday about whether raising the minimum wage would be a good political move for the Obama administration, White House spokesman Jay Carney plugged his wife's book.

Carney is married to ABC reporter Claire Shipman, who co-wrote the 2009 tome “Womenomics: Write Your Own Rules for Success” along with Katty Kay of the BBC. His response included a point that was made in the book, and Carney made sure to tell the gathered reporters that “Womenomics” remains available on Amazon.

Shipman and Kay have a new book coming out next month. Wonder how long it will take Carney to reference that one during a press briefing.

SHADES OF LUKE: PEDUTO DODGES MEDIA. Pittsburgh Mayor Bill Peduto appears to be adopting the media-avoidance tactics of his predecessor, Luke Ravenstahl.

Peduto's administration would not disclose the location of a recent meeting he had scheduled with UPMC CEO Jeffrey Romoff.So, reporters went on a stakeout in the Allegheny County Courthouse, where Peduto met with Allegheny County Chief Executive Rich Fitzgerald before his scheduled appointment with Romoff.

After meeting with Peduto, Fitzgerald emerged from his office to answer reporters' questions — but Peduto didn't. When Fitzgerald declined to disclose the mayor's whereabouts, reporters scooted over to the U.S. Steel Tower, where UPMC has its headquarters. There, one industrious reporter caught Peduto, his chief of staff, Kevin Acklin, and a mayoral bodyguard emerging from the basement parking garage before taking an elevator to Romoff's office.

The next Peduto sighting came more than two hours later, when he held a press conference in the City-County Building. He had eluded reporters following his meeting with Romoff.

Peduto promised transparency. He seems intent on delivering black ops.

PUZZLING PICK. Tom Wolf, the frontrunner for the Democrat gubernatorial nomination, has added one of Western Pennsylvania's top political fundraisers to his campaign staff in a move that's a head-scratcher.

The Wolf camp hired Eric Hagarty,who has raised money for Allegheny County Chief Executive Rich Fitzgeraldand Pittsburgh Mayor Bill Peduto, as deputy campaign manager.

So, why the head-scratching? Hagarty's rainmaking skills are indisputable, but Wolf hardly needs a prolific fundraiser. The York County businessman is pumping $10 million of his own money into his campaign.

HONEST TO A FAULT. The person in charge of the Youngwood Community Calendar billboard along Route 119 in Westmoreland County apparently goes by the adage that says honesty is the best policy.

The billboard chronicles monthly events in the town but admits things are very quiet there during March. It reads: “Sorry, nothing really happening this month.”

However, the billboard does thank residents and businesses for shoveling snow away from fire hydrants and gives an update that says the community's former high school is half-demolished. Woo-hoo!

— compiled by Trib Total Media staff

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