Now, it appears Corbett's campaign wasn't the only GOP business being conducted in the Offices of the Attorney General under Corbett's watch.
The Sunbury Daily Item reports today that in October of 2007, a political phone call between Brian Nutt, Corbett's Chief of Staff and taxpayer-funded campaign manager, and Union County Republican activists may have been recorded illegally:
"According to Corbett's then chief-of-staff Brian Nutt, who is presently serving as campaign spokesman in Corbett's bid for governor, he received a phone call from Haas prior to the November 2007 election asking the attorney general to withdraw the endorsement of Johnson.Why would the Chief-of-Staff to the Commonwealth's highest law enforcement official NOT pursue an investigation of being surreptitiously and illegally recorded?
'I explained to (Haas) that I would be the wrong person to talk to and that Tom Corbett was a personal friend of Pete Johnson,' Nutt said Thursday. 'I remember that he was not happy about that response.'
According to the October 2007 minutes of the Union County Republican Committee compiled by secretary Carolyn Conner, Haas informed members he called Nutt and recorded the conversation in the presence of others. If so, that would be a violation of the state Wiretapping Act, prohibiting one person from taping another without his knowledge ... Nutt said he was told at one point that his 2007 telephone conversation with Haas may have been recorded without his knowledge, but he never pursued the issue." (Sunbury Daily Item 3/23/10)
Perhaps it is because an investigation and possible prosecution would reveal that this political phone call took place on Nutt's taxpayer-funded phone in his taxpayer-funded office while he was on taxpayer-funded time...Nutt didn't start on the Corbett re-election payroll until June of 2008. (Campaign finance reports)
We're looking forward to learning what number for Nutt the Union County Republicans called and when they called him. Of course, the only way to get the truth is for a brave District Attorney somewhere in the state to subpoena the phone records of all involved. Otherwise it is awful easy for everyone involved to not remember...or worse.