Thursday, April 8, 2010
SAIDEL TO CORBETT: ORIE SCANDAL A "PARTISAN OUTRAGE"
The Democratic candidates for Governor may be too cowed to criticize the opponent with the power to prosecute them, but Jonathan Saidel has set the bar for fortitude among candidates for Lieutenant Governor.
"If Attorney General Tom Corbett was on trial for politicizing the office that the people of Pennsylvania entrusted him to hold, he would be looking a guilty verdict square in the eye," Saidel said. "Attorney General Corbett had the opportunity to boldly show his non-partisan credentials by taking up the case against Senator Orie, a high profile Republican leader from his home county. Instead, he did nothing to give us faith in his impartiality."
While many have called for Corbett to resign to avoid a conflict of interest, Saidel is among the first to acknowledge that it's too late or that. The Orie scandal is a "partisan outrage,"
Conflict of interest is no longer something we can call on Corbett to avoid; he's waist-deep in it and sinking fast.
"It is clear that he cannot keep partisan political considerations from influencing the serious work the Attorney General has to do for the people of our Commonwealth," Saidel said.
"The statue of Lady Justice in Tom Corbett’s office is only blind in one eye.