As columnist Steve Lopez would say back when he used to cover my home state's politics: "Pennsylvania, Land of Giants." There are few ethics laws in
As columnist Steve Lopez would say back when he used to cover my home state's politics: "Pennsylvania, Land of Giants." There are few ethics laws in PA, and the ones that exist are toothless. (And we don't have limits on campaign contributions. Nice, huh?)
Take, for instance, our state Attorney General Tom Corbett, a former lobbyist for Waste Management Inc. He just won the Republican nomination for governor, and guess what's first on his list?
But there's plenty more nuttiness where that came from. For one thing, he's steadily refused to resign, saying there was no potential conflict between his investigation of prominent politicians - and his asking their support.
And then there's the consultant, the one he hired to do "outreach" for the AG's office. It's just a coincidence that she was hired to do the same work for his campaign.
Remember when Corbett adamantly maintained he should head up the bonusgate investigation even though many of his ostensible targets in the legislature were prominent supporters? (Tribune Review 1/24/08)
Pennsylvania is a very big state, and with the newspaper business in a nosedive, a lot of papers have been cutting back on statehouse coverage. That's one of the reasons why Tom Corbett's been getting away with all this crap.