Elsie Hillman Endorses a Democrat… Arlen Specter
Former Republican National Committeewoman from the Pittsburgh area. Elsie is wife of Billionaire Henry Hillman and a cousin of Barbara Bush. Very close advisor and supporter of the Bush family.
Mrs. Hillman figured prominently in the sometime tumultuous affairs of WQED: http://www.beacon.org/excerpt/excerptairwars.html
A major force (some even say “kingmaker”) in the Republican Party, both locally and nationally, Hillman stepped down in 1996. She helped elect John Heinz to the House of Representatives and U.S. Senate, Richard Thornburgh and Tom Ridge as Pennsylvania governors and George Bush as president. Born in Pittsburgh in 1925 and educated at the Ellis School and Westminster College. Got into politics in 1952 as a volunteer for Eisenhower. In 1967, she was elected county chairman of the Republican Party, and in 1974, she was awarded a Distinguished Republican citation. In 1975, she was appointed to her party’s National Committee. She has been involved in a number of charitable and civic organizations, including WQED Pittsburgh. She is the wife of billionaire Henry Hillman, founder of The Hillman Co. http://www.wqed.org/mag/features/12_99/100pgh_3.html
Pittsburgh’s richest man, scion of an old local family, he is the billionaire chairman of the Hillman Co. and of the Hillman Foundation, and former president of Pittsburgh Coke & Chemical. The Hillman Library at the University of Pittsburgh was a result of Hillman largesse, as is the new Hillman Cancer Center at Shadyside Hospital. He was a member of the Allegheny Conference and a trustee of Carnegie Institute. http://www.wqed.org/mag/features/12_99/100pgh_3.html