It's a swanky scene, the Governor's Reception that occurs right after the annual Pennsylvania Society dinner at the Waldorf Astoria Hotel in New York City. Even the bouncers are classy. That we learned after Frank Keel, the communications consultant for Local 98 of the electricians union, apparently decided to rush up to Brian Abernathy, an aide to City Councilman Frank DiCicco. Heated words were exchanged at the Dec. 13 soiree and, depending on who you get the story from, the donnybrook may have briefly turned physical.
Enter Holly Kinser, executive vice president of S.R. Wojdak & Associates. Kinser's lobbying firm sponsors the reception, along with the law firm Ballard Spahr. PhillyClout hears Kinser promptly ejected Keel from the party.
Abernathy this week confirmed the dust-up's details but declined further comment. A message to Keel prompted a call from George Bochetto, an attorney for Local 98. Bochetto's response: "Blah, blah, blah. Who cares? Boys will be boys. It's no big deal." Tell that to Kinser. If you dare.