The Patriot-News' Laura Vecsey writes today that this is the perfect time for partisan Republican Attorney General and gubernatorial candidate Tom Corbett to finally annouonce his long-promised second round of bonusgate indictments:
"The budget nightmare is over. So how about a little entertainment, Pennsylvania?
A little word-eating?
How about a nice round of shoe-dropping?
These things are possible, according to Attorney General Tom Corbett, who has been promising more indictments of state lawmakers and General Assembly staffers.
What a fitting follow-up for a state gone wild should that shoe-dropping come now.
Lawmakers and staffers could be safely removed from their posts, and public attention is still aimed toward our 'leaders,' so there's no time like the present." (Patriot News 10/11/09)
We agree that now the budget is finalized the news cycle playing field is clear for Corbett to get the most bang for his buck with his next set of arrests.
Doesn't the fact Corbett would wait for a politically expedient time to make the announcement kind of prove the point so many have been making? That Corbett is milking his investigation for all the public relations gold it is worth?
Clearly, Corbett hasn't been held accountable for using political calculus to decide when to announce when he will "drop" his other bonusgate shoe. We always get a kick out of seeing the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review cartoon accompanying today's post...it is from 3/25/09.
At the time, everyone thought Corbett was about to deliver on his promise of "shocking" Republican indictments. Instead, he gave us all the embarrassingly weak results of his BIG investigation. (Post-Gazette 5/22/09)
Nearly seven months after the Trib cartoon, the only thing that has changed is that Corbett is now an announced candidate for governor.
Hopefully, Corbett will be held accountable for what he eventually announces...if he announces. In February, he promised us all something "shocking." (Tribune-Review 2/20/09)
Shocking isn't one or two retired members and a couple staff.
Shocking isn't John Perzel and Brian Preski for a couple computer contracts. (Post-Gazette 11/15/08)
Shocking should rival or exceed the July 2008 jihad Corbett unleashed on the House Democratic Caucus.
Shocking should be an amount of money misappropriated by the Republicans that exceeds the amount of money Corbett has spent investigating (he won't say how much he's spent) and the caucuses have spent defending themselves (by August 2009 it had reached $8.2 million). (Tribune-Review 8/5/09)
Anything less is a joke.