Friday, December 4, 2009
WHO TURNED ON THE LIGHTS?
Character, the sages say, is what you do when you think no one is looking.
What does Gubernatorial Candidate Tom Corbett do when he thinks no one is looking?
He accepts a campaign contribution from a political operative he claims is under investigation.
He allows a political operative ostensibly under investigation to organize a fund raiser for him.
He allows another supposed target of investigation to host another fund raiser for him.
He and his campaign manager meet privately with a politician he claims is under investigation.
He allows his taxpayer-funded state Attorney General staff to initiate and accept hundreds of calls, on state phones and on state time, to and from his campaign staff.
He allows a sitting cabinet member to ignore a subpoena.
He green-lights the disposal of computers that supposedly contain evidence in a supposed investigation.
He parks political operatives in taxpayer-funded jobs at the Office of Attorney General.
He overlooks clear evidence of wrongdoing in the office of a Republican district attorney and political ally.
He sweeps under the rug rape allegations against another Republican district attorney and political ally.
He grants someone secret immunity and subsequently ignores a mountain of evidence against the most obvious suspect in the investigation he claims to be conducting.
Now that the eyes of Pennsylvania are upon him, Corbett thinks he can paper over these sins with a little damage control.
Would he ever have conducted a real investigation of Republicans if he hadn't been publicly called out on his partisanship?
If the Tribune-Review hadn't revealed that Steve Stetler flouted a subpoena, would Corbett have continued to let it slide?
If certain bloggers hadn't raised red flags about a possible secret deal with former House Democratic Leader H. William DeWeese, would DeWeese ever have been called before the grand jury?
Would allegations against current Leader Todd Eachus ever have seen the light of day if defendant Mike Veon hadn't included them in his massive motion for dismissal in July ?
As the Magic 8-Ball says: Very doubtful.