Governor Tom Corbett seems to be unraveling a bit, and in a quite familiar way.
The former Attorney General of Pennsylvania's vigorous denial of slow-walking the Jerry Sandusky investigation and welcoming of Attorney General-elelct Kathleen Kane's investigation is quite similar to a very well-known proclamation from another prominent politician.
Here's Philadelphia Inquirer reporter Angela Couloumbis' report on remarks Corbett made yesterday:
"'But for a true investigation, there has to be some criminal act. I know I didn't commit any criminal act. None. Zero.'[said Corbett]...Corbett then launched into another impassioned defense of his handling of the Sandusky probe, saying he never asked anyone to slow it down - nor did anyone ask him to do so - for political or other reasons." (Inquirer 11/10/12)
Here's the Patriot News' Charlie Thompson's report on the "impassioned defense" Corbett then "launched":
"There is no communication from to anybody to slow down an investigation. There is no communication from anyone to me that they were going to slow down for any political reason, and I wouldn't want them to." (Patriot News 11/9/12)
The Sandusky investigation took way too long. Riots following the firing of Penn State Football Coach Joe Paterno illustrated the political risks then-gubernatorial candidate Corbett faced in bringing charges before the 2010 election. Is it a coincidence?
Maybe not, and if not a political calculation on Corbett's part, then the 33-month investigation to take a child sexual predator off the street must be chalked up to extreme incompetence. Either way, Kane has strong, credible reasons to investigate how Corbett and his deputies conducted the investigation of Sandusky.