"This investigation we're doing was probably not in my best interest. There are some very powerful people out there who want to get even with me." (Tribune-Review 4/26/10)Oh, really? Who are these mysterious "very powerful people" that want to get even with him? Because from our vantage point, no one with power has yet to be indicted by Corbett or has any quarrel with him.
Former Representatives Mike Veon and Brett Feese can't be who he's referring to. Both were no longer in office when indicted and it is laughable to believe either still has any power or influence.
Representatives John Perzel, Bill DeWeese and Sean Ramaley were all still in office when he indicted them, but no one would argue they held any appreciable power beyond their single votes in the legislature by the time they were arrested.
Former Representative Steve Stetler was the sitting Secretary of Revenue when indicted, but no one would call that position "very powerful" and no one would say Governor Rendell has been vociferous in criticizing Corbett for the arrest.
Corbett seems a bit paranoid to us when you consider he's done nothing to anger those currently in power. In fact, those in power appear to owe their political lives to Corbett at the moment.
The Majority Senate Republicans have no ax to grind with him. Their fight is with Allegheny County District Attorney Steve Zappala, not Corbett, who ignored the whistleblower who started Zappala's investigation of Senate Majority Whip Jane Orie.
The same can be said for the Majority House Democrats. Corbett hasn't arrested Speaker Keith McCall even though PJ Lavelle testified under oath at the Veon trial that McCall hired him to do the exact same job as he did for Veon (Associated Press 2/19/10). And, Majority Leader Todd Eachus has yet to be arrested even though Corbett has sent a "target letter" to him (Post-Gazette 12/4/09) and the very same evidence used against Veon showed Eachus was aggressively involved in using taxpayer resources and staff for political campaign work.
Even the most cursory reading of Corbett's grand jury presentment against Perzel and Feese would leave one wondering why Corbett didn't arrest House Republican Leader Sam Smith, so Smith has nothing to complain about.
Finally, Corbett hasn't done anything to Senate Democratic Leader Bob Mellow warranting revenge even though it is well documented that Mellow has abused his legislative expense accounts and campaign accounts for his own personal benefit (Scranton Times Tribune 11/1/2009).
Until Corbett through his bonusgate investigation indicts someone who actually has power, he is creating these "very powerful" enemies out of wholecloth. He's stooped to a new low...or maybe he's always been a fan of the tinfoil hat.
In the meantime and back by popular demand, we present to you the CasablancaPA Players portraying Corbett's announcement of who is lurking in the shadows waiting to pounce: