Our friends at pa2010.com put together a top 10 list of political consultants and apparently there was such an uproar over Mike Long being omitted from the list that Dan Hirschhorn felt compelled to make a special addendum blog post giving Long a bj.
Good for Mike Long. No one will argue that he ran the State Senate Campaign Committee for nearly 2 decades and kept the Republicans in the majority for most of that time.
However, Hirschhorn forgot to mention that Long did much of this exemplary campaign work while a full-time state employee.
And, there was no mention of Long receiving $41,405 in bonuses for 2005 and 2006 -- more than any other state legislative employee.
Finally, and most importantly, Mike Long is added to a top 10 list based on his political acumen exhibited over two decades as a state employee, using state resources on state time, yet there is no mention of the bonusgate investigation being conducted by Attorney General Tom Corbett and that Long was one of the top targets for investigation.
This omission by pa2010.com is a wonderful example of "out of sight, out of mind" when it comes to Corbett's bonusgate investigation.
It has been a year since partisan prosecutor Tom Corbett charged 12 Democrats, yet there has been no sign of any impending indictments for anyone in the Senate Republican Caucus and certainly no word about Mike Long who has been called the Senate Republican "chief campaign strategist" (Post Gazette), "political guru" (Patriot News), "a homegrown version of White House political czar Karl Rove" (Morning Call), and "top political aide" (Capitolwire).
So, when there has been no news from Corbett about Mike Long, it shouldn't be surprising that even a sophisticated political site like pa2010.com would forget that Long was at one time a prime suspect for Corbett to investigate.