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]?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: 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)
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.