Wednesday, November 11, 2009
Oh, to be a fly on the wall during House Minority Policy Chairman Stan Saylor's briefing yesterday for freshmen.
Whatever could he have been telling them?
But first, this: Corbett's crack legal team loses again. Hmm.
Back to the House Republican Caucus.
According to the Tribune-Review, Saylor "invited freshmen into his office to help them prepare for an onslaught of questions from the media and constituents that might surface" if former Speaker John Perzel is indicted as has been widely speculated.
Questions? We have a few.
The Tribune-Review story notes that the freshmen weren't in the legislature during the period Corbett supposedly is investigating. But several of them benefited directly from Perzel's skullduggery. Several took his campaign contributions.
We wonder if Saylor invoked the names of Vince Biancucci, Dan Surra, Chris King and Frank Andrews Shimkus. They, like our friendly Republican freshman (probably), weren't implicated in the Bonusgate scandal. But association with the principal defendant lost them their re-elections all the same. Even a few challengers who obviously weren't in the legislature during the during the period Corbett investigated - just like our friendly Republican freshmen! - slipped and fell in the Bonusgate puddle.
Corbett is unlikely to try to stage an extravaganza show hearing for the benefit of their opponents just before the election, as he did in 2008. But what might a clever political operative make of the $21,000 Frank Farry took from Perzel?
Will the $23,000 Nick Miccareli took from Perzel come back to haunt him?
Will they give the money back?
We're most curious about the illegal and dishonest robo-calls that Sheryl DeLozier believes Perzel bought for her campaign.
DeLozier's race was one of at least three where such robo-calls were employed against candidates who either voted against Perzel for Speaker or publicly declared they would not vote for Perzel for leadership.
Are the calls part of Corbett's super-badass shocking-beyond-words prosecution of biblical proportions?
So many questions!