One prominent Grant Street Republican has expressed surprise concerning Allegheny County Republican Party chair Jim Roddey's public slash at county council's Republicans -- especially Vince Gastgeb -- concerning the selection of Ed Kress to succeed Chuck McCullough as the Republicans' short-term, at-large member of council.
Roddey (left and right, at left) berated Gastgeb (and Jan Rea and Matt Drozd, although not by name) for exhibiting favoritism while Kress is competing with Heather Heidelbaugh for the Republican nomination for the relevant council position. Roddey called the selection of Kress "a purely political move."
'I not only understand Jim's concern, I wholeheartedly agree with his position in the Trib,' the Republican source said. 'What I don't understand, and the reason I'm surprised, is that Jim was pushing for Heidelbaugh right up to the point at which Kress was announced as the pick.'
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