Friday, September 4, 2009
It's not often we admit to feeling sorry for Gubernatorial Candidate Tom Corbett. But as his team trudged off to court for today's do-over hearing on Beaver Initiative for Growth, he must have shaken his head a little ruefully.
It wasn't supposed to turn out this way. No matter the result of today's preliminary hearing, it's pretty far from how Corbett thought the BIG investigation would turn out.
BIG was supposed to be his showpiece case, the one that would stand up to Meehan's prosecution of Vince Fumo. He must have realized pretty early on there wasn't much "there" there, but he knows that voters are easily fooled.
Right out of the gate, Corbett started trumpeting the "similarities between BIG and a nonprofit that former Sen. Vincent Fumo, D-Philadelphia, raided for his personal enrichment."
And even though nothing in the charges supported the claim, Corbett created the impression that Veon pocketed state funds for his own personal use.
Veon paid a janitor $100 a month in state funds to clean his legislative office. Fumo misappropriated millions of dollars.
No matter how this all turns out, it's pretty comical that Corbett brought a prosecutorial butter knife to what was supposed to be a gunfight with Meehan.