She's a big donor to politicians, but it's news to her
A 90-year old Upper St. Clair woman, who has never made a political donation, hasn't voted in 10 years and suffers from dementia, just made $40,000 worth of donations to four local Republicans she has never heard of. The PG's Dennis Roddy wrote an absolutely unbelievable story about Shirley H. Jordan.
The nonagenarian is the single largest donor to Allegheny County candidates this election cycle. Four $10,000 checks were drawn from Mrs. Jordan's trust after being authorized by one of her trustees, local Republican attorney Charles McCullough, who is also an at-large county council candidate.
Mrs. Jordan says:
"I have an attorney who is ambitious to be active in politics," she said. "It was not my decision. I knew nothing about it. Then I find he has control of everything and he's spending it right and left. He's a cheap politician."
Mr. McCullough says "Mrs. Jordan...likely 'dummied up' on a visiting stranger."
Her previous attorney, Stephen Paschall, said Mrs. Jordan subsequently appeared to have recovered from the 2005 episode and that she had a good understanding of her financial matters.
The unanswered question is whether any of the four candidates - Cheryl Allen, who is seeking the GOP nomination for Superior Court, and County Council candidates Vince Gastgeb, Jan Rea and Susan Caldwell - made a donation to Mr. McCullough.
You must read this story if only to hear the obnoxious response from Ms. Caldwell.
Twanda Carlisle's misery continues today. The PG has a story about Ms. Carlisle's profligate spending through reimbursable accounts.
But she also spent $2,938 in city funds on draperies, and reimbursed herself $407.82 for expenses reportedly related to a district office.
Ms. Carlisle took $1,805 -- the maximum allowable under City Council rules -- as reimbursement for business miles driven in a personal car last year.Buy yourself an Iron City this weekend. You may never be able to drink one again. Trib story here.