Sunday, January 15, 2006

More clues on Santorum's plot to get state Rep. Jeff Habay of Shaler

Swann out-sprints Fast Eddie at the state farm show - "ANOTHER HABAY CHALLENGER. Retired Shaler police officer Randy Vulakovich officially announced last week he will run against embattled state Rep. Jeff Habay of Shaler.

Vulakovich, 55, joins Shaler funeral director Frank Perman and Mike Dolan of O'Hara, former political director of the Allegheny County Republican Committee, as those interested in unseating Habay in the GOP primary -- provided Habay is still in office.

Habay is scheduled to be sentenced Jan. 30 after being convicted in December of using his staff to work on his re-election campaign on public time. Habay also faces trial next month on 21 other charges -- including witness intimidation, making false reports to police and harassment.

The race for Habay's seat could make for some interesting conversation -- and divided loyalties -- in Sen. Rick Santorum's office.

Vulakovich's son, also named Randy, is a Santorum aide. Dolan's family founded the mutual fund giant Federated Investors, whose executives haven't been shy over the years about helping fill Santorum's campaign coffers."

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