Tuesday, May 18, 2010


Gubernatorial candidate Tom Corbett had an awkward encounter at his campaign stop in the Lehigh Valley yesterday.

According to the blog "Repatriot Radio," Corbett exploded at a man who asked about the federal lawsuit Corbett finds himself currently embroiled, specifically a possible federal investigation into the activities surrounding Corbett's Financial Enforcement Section:
"Anyway I asked the question Mr Corbett if you win tomorrow how will you handle your campaign and your subsequent Federal trial for alleged fraud in the Attorney Generals office. Tom Corbett got so irate he came off the platform through the crowd and confronted me to my face on the issue. All he said was that the info I was referring to was fraudulent and put out by the Sam Rohrer campaign. He shook his finger in my face and told me to go back to Sam and get my facts straight."(Repatriot Radio 5/17/10)
This isn't surprising. Corbett is known for his short temper. However, it is troubling to hear that Corbett's taxpayer funded security detail attempted to remove the questioner:
"I went there as a private citizen to ask a legitimate question as well as others but I could only ask the one before I was directed to leave. Tom’s state paid body guard/chauffeur the black guy [in the picture] tried to move me out but I would not budge. He actually tried to push me out but when he touched me he could not budge me so I stood there peacefully then he walked to the side when Tom came over to me. You will notice Tom also tried to usher me out with his hand on my left arm."
Taxpayer funded security is there to protect Corbett from physical harm, not harm to his campaign.

It is interesting to note that in public Corbett is adamant that there is no federal investigation...period. Yet in an unprecedented (Corbett has only been deposed once in his long legal career) six hour deposition, he isn't quite as vehement:
Attorney for Kimmett: Mr. Corbett, were you ever, did you ever learn sometime in or after June of 2008 that Mr. Kimmett had approached the US Attorney’s Office with what he felt were systemic problems in FES [Financial Enforcement Section]?

Corbett: I learned, I think there was a question in the interrogatories to that effect. Is that right?

Attorney for Kimmett: I’m not sure there is.

Corbett: Somewhere along the line in preparation I’ve heard that.

Attorney for Kimmett: Okay.

Corbett: Did I hear about it in 2008? No.

Attorney for Corbett: When you say in preparation, you mean

Corbett: For today.

Attorney for Corbett: For your deposition.

Attorney for Kimmett: Do you know if at any point you or anyone in OAG has been contacted by anyone at the FBI relating to allegations or complaints made by Mr. Kimmett?

Corbett: To my knowledge nobody in the office has been contacted by FBI to my knowledge and I certainly haven’t.

Attorney for Kimmett: Have you ever had occasion to work with in any capacity an FBI agent named Timothy Lynch?

Corbett: I’m sorry?

Attorney for Kimmett: Timothy Lynch.

Corbett: Not that I know of. Okay.

(Pages 232-234, Corbett Deposition 3/11/10)
Something is amiss at the FES. Something serious enough to warrant Corbett being forced to spend six hours being deposed. Something serious enough that the FBI and an agent Timothy Lynch are asking questions.

Corbett not only doesn't want to talk about it, he doesn't even want questions asked. It is disturbing to learn Corbett has enlisted his taxpayer funded security guard to shut down the debate.


Anonymous said...

Corbett Campaign Song!

Horst Wessel Song lyrics - Original German
a.k.a. "Die Fahne Hoch"

Die Fahne hoch die Reihen fest geschlossen

S. A. marschiert mit ruhig festem Schritt

Kam'raden die Rotfront und Reaktion erschossen

Marschier'n im Geist in unsern Reihen mit

Die Strasse frei den braunen Batallionen

Die Strasse frei dem Sturmabteilungsmann

Es schau'n auf's Hackenkreuz voll Hoffung schon Millionen

Der Tag fur Freiheit und fur Brot bricht an

Zum letzen Mal wird nun Appell geblasen

Zum Kampfe steh'n wir alle schon bereit

Bald flattern Hitler-fahnen Uber allen Strassen

Die Knechtschaft dauert nur mehr kurze Zeit

Die Fahne hoch die Reihen fest geschlossen

S. A. marschiert mit ruhig festem Schritt

Kam'raden die Rotfront und Reaktion erschossen

Marschier'n im Geist in unsern Reihen mit

Corbett Campaign Song English Lyrics

Horst Wessel Song lyrics - English translation
a.k.a. "Flags Raised High"

Flags high, ranks closed,
The S.A. marches with silent solid steps.
Comrades shot by the red front and reaction
march in spirit with us in our ranks.

The street free for the brown battalions,
The street free for the Storm Troopers.
Millions, full of hope, look up at the swastika;
The day breaks for freedom and for bread.

For the last time the call will now be blown;
For the struggle now we all stand ready.
Soon will fly Hitler-flags over every street;
Slavery will last only a short time longer.

Flags high, ranks closed,
The S.A. marches with silent solid steps.
Comrades shot by the red front and reaction
march in spirit with us in our ranks.

Anonymous said...

Brett Cott may be sentence on Friday, he should be given probation and nothing more.

The OAG Prosecutors are asking for a stiff sentence based on past information Brett never was convicted on whatsoever.

Fumo guilty of 137 Counts was given 4 months, Cott does not deserve any Jail Time and it will be a grave miscarriage of justice if he is given any prison time on such shoddy charges barely held accountable after 322 charges were dismissed or found not guilty.

I admire Brett Cott for his passion, determination, and eagerness to serve the citizens, public, and candidates, and he is a victim of a witch hunt for campaign purposes, nothing more!

Anonymous said...

"People simply disappeared, always during the night.

Your name was removed from the registers, every record of everything you had ever done was wiped out, your one-time existence was denied and then forgotten.

You were abolished, annihilated: vaporized was the usual word."

- George Orwell, 1984, Book 1, Chapter 1

Anonymous said...

About two dozen posters on a political group blog addressed to political issues in New York City made comments critical of public officials in Bronx County, New York.

The Bronx District Attorney served a grand jury subpoena on the bloggers seeking to identify the posters, and threatened the bloggers with criminal prosecution if they informed anybody – including the posters whose identities were sought by the grand jury subpoena – of the existence of the subpoena.

Represented by Public Citizen, the bloggers moved in the Supreme Court of Bronx County New York to quash the subpoena because it threatened the First Amendment right of the blog posters to speak anonymously, and threatened to file suit in federal court on the ground that the the threat of prosecution violated the bloggers’ right to criticize the District Attorney.

In response, the District Attorney withdrew both the subpoena and the threat of prosecution for revealing the subpoena.

Anonymous said...

The adamant refusal of Attorney General Corbett or his staff to provide any cogent or
specific information about the crimes being investigated and how they relate to the specific
anonymous Internet speakers at issue in this case, given the superficial impression created by the posts, which represent nothing other than criticism of public officials, only reinforces the need to demand a compelling justification for the subpoena.

These posts are plainly political
speech, and they do not violate any criminal law.

Absent a detailed justification for Attorney General Corbett subpoenas, this subpoenas should be removed or quash by a Judge.

Anonymous said...

Amazing over 10,000 people voted for DeWeese and Perzel saying Corbett Charges are bogus, by refusing not to re-elect them.

Perzel will make sure Onorato is elected Governor and appoints a ASpecial prosecutor against Corbett and his TwitterGate Gang of Thought Police!

Anonymous said...

CasablancaPA Is Right On Target With This Post

Like Mike Veon, Brett Cott, or not read this post on their blog, Casablancapa.blogspot.com.

Today AG Tom Corbett supoenaed the records of Twitter accounts allegedly belonging to the bloggers of this site.

The defense against the request is right on target.

Sights on Pennsylvania

Anonymous said...

The TwitterGate Gang!! How tweet!!

Anonymous said...

Can help thinking of how many times the Grand Jury system might have been abused under the cloak of security?

Anonymous said...

Doesn't anybody know what time of day it is?