A Captain Renault post: Despite growing criticism in the press and on talk radio stations, Tom Corbett told KYW radio today that there will be no indictments or arrests in the Bonusgate investigation for at least the next 30 days--or longer. Corbett made the announcement about the continued delay in the Bonusgate investigation while doing his usual strip tease about some other corruption investigation he plans on announcing within a few days.
The Bonusgate investigation has been going of for two years now and Republican Corbett has to date has indicted former members and staff of only House Democrat Caucus. There is growing criticism of the pace and quality of Corbett's investigation. Corbett continues to hint (or wink) that more indictments are coming and he is still "investigating all 4 caucuses" including the Republicans in the House and the Senate. More and more people are skeptical that Corbett intends to actually indict any Republicans at all.
The Philadelphia Inquirer wrote an editorial last week that criticized Corbett's Bonusgate investigation as "painfully slow" and "plodding". This is the first Inquirer editorial that directly and clearly criticized Corbett for how he is handling this investigation and we posted a story on it here last week.
The Inquirer editorial went further than just criticising Corbett on the pace of the investigation by stating that Corbett is using Bonusgate for his own political gain (No surprise to us -- we have been trying to make that point to all of the editorial boards in the state for months).
From the Inquirer:
"Republican Corbett says more charges are coming. He obviously hopes to use the drawn-out probe as a springboard into the governor's office in 2010."
This is a powerful indictment (pun intended) of Tom Corbett and his politicized investigation of the state legislature. With Corbett's announcement today that any additional Bonusgate indictments are are 30 days away at best, we hope more editorial writers, reporters, and PA citizens will hold Corbett accountable for bringing partisan and personal politics into the justice system.