Monday, April 12, 2010
GET YOUR STORIES STRAIGHT
The Corbett campaign can't seem to settle on a story to explain why it ignored an intern who tried to report evidence of illegal Senate Republican electioneering.
(It hasn't yet bothered to explain why Corbett's own three-year "investigation" of Senate Republicans didn't turn up this evidence long before the fall of 2009)
Corbett told WTAE last week that the intern spoke to a receptionist in his office.
But Corbett's press secretary Kevin Harley later told the Tribune-Review and the Philadelphia Daily News there's "no record" the intern ever called at all.
Dude, that might have been a good ploy if a) your boss hadn't already admitted your office took the call and b) phone records prove your office took the call.
The more important question, of course, is the one that John Baer poses today:
"I ask, since Corbett spent years investigating (he says) all four caucuses, why a fellow-Republican senator in leadership never shows up on his radar."
The grand jury supposedly subpoenaed the Senate Republicans for documents in February 2008 (conveniently just after electoral opponent John Morganelli alleged that Corbett is "mired in conflicts of interest as he tries to do a balancing act between investigating public corruption while at the same time not offending political and financial supporters.")
According to the grand jury presentment, Orie's political documents weren't removed from the Senate Republican servers until late spring of 2009.
Orie staffers testified they had been performing political work during her entire eight-year tenure in office, including the last three while Corbett was conducting his "investigation."
Why did it take a whistle-blowing intern to bring Orie's alleged crimes to light in the middle of a three-year, multi-million dollar, highly-publicized investigation? And what goes on in Senate Republican offices that never had the bad luck to employ whistle-blowing interns? If we have to rely on the Corbett campaign to find out, we may never know.