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Ex-Pitts. U.S. Atty. Mary Beth Buchanan Shaking Up Airwaves in Her Congressional Bid

Bush Holdover U.S. Atty. Mary Beth Buchanan

Bush Holdover U.S. Atty. Mary Beth Buchanan

By Allan Lengel
ticklethewire.com

Some people seek out controversy or controversy finds them. In the case of ex-Pittsburgh U.S. Attorney Mary Beth Buchanan, who’s tenure as U.S. Attorney was filled with controversy, it’s probably both.

Buchanan, 46, who stepped down as U.S. Attorney in November, is making a bid for Congress. On Thursday, her confrontation with a local radio personality may have been a preview of what’s to come.

The Pittsburgh Post-Gazette reports that Buchanan got testy with radio personality Marty Griffin on KDKA-AM over statements that the failed and highly controversial prosecution of medical examiner Cyril H. Wecht during her tenure cost the taxpayers $20 million.

Wecht had called the show and mentioned the figure, according to the paper.

The paper reported  that Buchanan called the show on Thursday and told Griffin “he was ‘running afoul’ of defamation law and to ‘shut up.'”

“You repeat [the $20 million figure] and that is just flat-out wrong,” Buchanan said, according to the paper. “And you know, we still have defamation laws in this country. To the extent that you keep repeating things that are flat-out wrong, you’re running afoul. That case could not have cost the government more than $500,000 and that’s on the outside.”

“So you’re saying you’re going to sue me, is that what you’re saying Mary Beth?” the radio host Griffin shot back, according to the paper.

Ahh. Politics. Ain’t it great.

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