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No freebies for Fitzgerald, Peduto

| Thursday, Oct. 12, 2017, 8:55 p.m.

Regarding Allegheny County Executive Rich Fitzgerald and Pittsburgh Mayor Bill Peduto not attending the Oct. 10 Pittsburgh Penguins celebration at the White House ( “Pittsburgh Mayor Peduto to ‘take a knee' on Penguins' White House visit” ): We should exalt in our back-to-back championships and show the country that our region supports the Pens. This action should trump any other political agenda. David Morehouse, Penguins president and CEO, made the right call for the team by accepting the invitation to the White House without a political agenda.

Fitzgerald was invited by the Penguins but said he declined because he had to present the 2018 budget to Allegheny County Council that day. He should have asked the council to recess that evening and reconvene the following day and probably attended both functions if he wanted to.

I suggest Fitzgerald and Peduto also “take a knee” and refuse their supply of free Penguins game tickets. These free tickets should go to Penguins fans who can't afford to go to the games. They should not be used by the politicians who refuse to go to Washington with the team.

Mike Suley


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