Wednesday, August 18, 2010
INDEPENDENT PROSECUTORS ARE FOR WIMPS
Quiz time! What's the difference between the investigations into alleged wrongdoing by New York Governor David Paterson and the alleged use of public resources for political campaigns among Pennsylvania's legislators?
Give up? Paterson's being investigated by an independent prosecutor because the Attorney General of New York, Andrew Cuomo, recused himself to avoid the appearance of a conflict of interest.
What's that you say? Independent prosecutor? Avoiding the appearance of a conflict of interest? Yes, it's pretty foreign stuff here in Pennsylvania, where no one blinks an eye at a candidate for Governor conducting a wide-ranging investigation of his own closest political supporters.
Or, should we say not conducting any investigation of his political supporters at all?
Or, should we say, conducting an investigation of a political supporter - or at least pretending to - then refusing to prosecute?
Or should we say, determining whether a target is, in fact, a supporter before conducting an investigation?
One wonders how that candidate might react if one of his opponents failed to recuse himself from an investigation involving a political supporter. Oh, wait: he'd be apoplectic.