Tuesday, January 25, 2011
FOLLOWING THE EVIDENCE ... WHEREVER IT LEADS
“Crime doesn’t have a notion of whether it’s Democrat or Republican .... we are following the evidence and we will follow it wherever it goes.” -- Tom Corbett (Patriot-News, 1/18/11)
Really? Did you follow it when it led toward:
....Delaware County GOP Operative Paul Summers, who allegedly submitted falsified nominating petitions for Congressional candidate Pat Meehan and state House candidate Maureen Carey?
....State Rep. Mauree Gingrich, also accused of forging signatures on her nominating petitions?
....Philadelphia GOP party officials, also accused of forging signatures on official documents?
....State House Majority Leader Mike Turzai, who (like many, many other legislators) collected full per-diem payments without deducting the cost of meals paid from his committee contingency account?
....Former Senate Republican Whip Jane Orie, accused of running a full-scale campaign operation out of her district office?
....Former Speaker of the House Keith McCall, who allegedly used state staff and resources for campaign work according to evidence in Mike Veon's trial?
....Former House Democratic Leader Todd Eachus, who according to evidence in the Veon trial directed staff to produce political research and perform political work, acquiesced to paying bonuses for campaign work, and coordinated "official" appearances by Cabinet secretaries in the districts of vulnerable incumbents?
....Former Rep. Matt Wright, who "used staff, office space, equipment and materials of his legislative District Office and his Capitol Office to further his re-election campaigns," according to an Ethics Commission ruling?
....York County D.A. Stan Rebert, accused of abusing his office for personal gain?
....Bedford County D.A. Bill Higgins, accused of rape?
....Former state Rep. Eugene McGill, accused of personally profiting from a non-profit he founded that received state funds?
It's long past time for the Capitol Stenographers Corps to wipe off their chins and face the undeniable fact that Corbett used his prosecutorial power to for political gain, while ignoring the misdeeds of his allies and potential allies as long as it was politically feasible.