We are endlessly fascinated by the pure, unadulterated arse biscuits that fall from the lips of Tom Corbett and his lackeys. Is it pathological? Can they simply not help themselves?
Here's a recent whopper from Senior Deputy Attorney General K. Kenneth Brown II:
“A felony is a felony, and if it is a felony, you get cuffed,” Brown said. “The law makes no distinction for white collar crimes, and neither do we.”
As his quote was preceded by the description of Brett Feese freely walking to and fro unencumbered by handcuffs, we hardly need elaborate.
But we will. Jeff Foreman, charged with 25 felonies, was never handcuffed. Scott Brubaker, charged with 22 felonies, was never handcuffed. Jennifer Brubaker, charged with 17 felonies, was never handcuffed.
And while it may seem a petty detail, the Republican defendants were handcuffed with their wrists in front, rather than behind their backs as the Democrats were. One Democratic defendant reports that he was originally cuffed in front, but a supervisor who spotted him angrily berated the agent handling his arrest: "What are you doing? Don't you remember how we said we were going to handle this?" He was marched back into the police station and recuffed, hands behind his back, before being paraded before the media.
No distinctions, our ass.
Here's another gem:
Democrats arranged bonuses and "used labor ... The Republicans, under Perzel, used technology."
Corbett's own press release called the House Republican's department of District Operations "a subsidiary of the House Republican Campaign Committee."
"The grand jury found that most of the District Operations employees hired during this time were hired because of their campaign and or fundraising skills. For the majority of the new hires, who worked out of their homes, it was clearly understood that as part of their legislative job that they would work on campaigns."
Sounds like labor to us. Does he even know what he's saying?
One of our favorite examples of blatant mendacity is Corbett's apparent confusion over his cell phones.
In a story that aired September 23 on ABC27 News in Harrisburg, Corbett said he carries two cell phones:
"He says he has a separate BlackBerry for his campaign work and one for his 'work' work. Separation of government and campaigning is big with this attorney general."
But when ABC27 News obtained cell phone bills showing hundreds of phone calls between OAG staff and Corbett's campaign cell and the campaign's other cell phones, including his campaign manager's, he changed his story:
"It's easier to keep it on one that the taxpayers are not paying for. That's the most important thing: taxpayers aren't paying for this. Either the campaign or myself are paying for this."
He didn't explain what state business his campaign manager might have been discussing with his OAG stafff (and the staffs of Republican legislators).
He deviated even further from his original story at Thursday's press conference when AP reporter Mark Scolforo asked him about the calls, claiming he uses his "personal" cell phone for both state and campaign business, and he doesn't even know the number of his state-issued cell phone.
If that's true, why make up a story about using two different phones? Why didn't he just say that in the first place?
Or is he just making it up as he goes along?