Power-Tripping Secretary of Health Denies Egg-Gate Allegations
Looks like Egg-Gate is turning into a hot scrambled mess. And today the Inky reports that state Secretary of Health Eli Avila is firing back at claims that in an epic power-tripping tantrum over an egg sandwich last year, he threatened a Harrisburg diner owner by shouting at him, “Do you know who I am? I am the secretary of health!” As the story goes, health inspectors were subsequently dispatched to Roxy’s Diner, where the incident is reported to have taken place, prompted by a call from Avila’s office. And that’s just half of it.
In addition to sending a complaint to Governor Corbett’s office, charging that Avila was abusing his power, the diner’s owner Richard Hanna has also filed a lawsuit against the secretary. Hanna’s beef is, Avila blocked his effort to secure a lucrative contract with the state Capitol cafeteria. He’s seeking $500,000 in damages.
Avila denies ever threatening Hanna, stating that after the argument overt the eggs, he simply left the diner without saying who he was.