(A brief discussion twixt Baer & Baer's editor, a.k.a. BE)
JB: See that stuff out of Pittsburgh on the corruption trial of state Sen. Jan Orie and her sister?
BE: You mean the former Senate Whip charged with using her office staff for campaign work for herself and her sister who's a state Supreme Court justice?
JB: That's the one, but it's a third sister who worked for the justice who's on trial with Jane.
BE: Man, that's a whole lotta sisters.
JB: An extended family, according to trial testimony. An Orie aide says she and others were ordered to impersonate the senator on the phone. Here's a piece about it from yesterday's Pittsburgh Tribune-Review.
BE: So they were doing robo calls with staff as the robots.
JB: I'd love to see a call transcript. I'm thinking it would look something like this:
Office of fat cat donor: Hello, office of fat cat donor.
Orie staffer: Um, hi. It's, like, you know, Sen. Jane Orie calling for Mr. Moneybags.
Office of fat cat donor: One second, please.
Mr. Moneybags: Jane?
Orie staffer: Hi. I was, like, just, you know, um, calling to ask you for some, like, money.
Mr. Moneybags: Jane, it doesn't sound like you. Are you OK?
Orie staffer: Fer sure. It's me. Jane Orie. It really is.
Mr. Moneybags: Cause you sound like a 25-year receptionist.
Orie staffer: Oh, yeah, right. As if! ...Anywho, can I have, like, some money?
Mr. Moneybags: Gee, Jane, you sure you're OK? You seem distracted.
Orie staffer: Well, I was just reading my Glamour, the lifestyle magazine for a new generation of confident women aged 18 to 34. There's a great piece on a new tool that makes your mascara go on perfectly.
Mr. Moneybags: Uh. Jane? Your 49. And you really don't sound right to me.
Orie staffer: OK, well, maybe if you, like, send me a check or something. And one for my sister. Gotta go. Bye.
BE: I guess that's the risk in having somebody impersonate you.
JB: Oh I don't know. A lot of elected officials in Pennsylvania impersonate public servants every day. They seem to get away with it.
BE: That's cold, dude.