In a tweet posted by KDKA-TV’s Chris Hoffman, Fitzgerald, a Democrat who lives in Pittsburgh’s Squirrel Hill, is seen in video calling Ted Cruz “outrageous” and says Cruz “doesn’t know what he is talking about,” in reference to Cruz claiming that the U.S. re-entering the Paris Climate Agreement will hurt Pittsburgh.
“He is a climate denier, he was a COVID denier,” said Fitzgerald of Cruz. “We believe in science around here. And why Senator Cruz thinks he can tell Pittsburgh ... we are doing just fine. This is a guy that was really part of the insurrection, part of denial of elections, so I don’t think this guy has any credibility. We will run what we need to do here, Senator, and keep your nose out of our business.”
yinzer accent, but many Twitter users also noted Fitzgerald’s resemblance to the actor Jeff Daniels.
So many people made this comparison that “Jeff Daniels” started trending on Twitter. Fitzgerald has now been dubbed the yinzer Jeff Daniels. And with his floppy mop of red hair and dad-like demeanor, who can fault anyone from making the comparison?
Allegheny Co. Executive Rich Fitzgerald destroys @TedCruz in his response to the Paris Climate Agreement and Pittsburgh. Pittsburgh wants no part of Cruz, LOL. I’m here for it. Also... he does look exactly like Jeff Daniels. 😂😂😂 https://t.co/sN1pWox2GX— CJ Johnson (@cjjohnsonjr) January 22, 2021
Coincidentally, Jeff Daniels performs in Pittsburgh virtually tonight (Fri., Jan. 22) as part of Calliope Center Stage Concerts. For more info and to buy tickets, visit calliopehouse.org.
Jeff Daniels will never have that much yinzer cred.