Thursday, March 27, 2014

Kathleen Kane Imploding

In case you live under a rock, Democratic Attorney General Kathleen Kane is under major fire for her decision to shut down a sting that snared Philadelphia officials.  The Democratic House Minority Leader has responded to the allegations suggesting that, if it is true that the House members in question accepted "gifts" without reporting them, they should correct their reporting mistakes.

Sure, that's what they were, reporting mistakes.

And, unbelievably, the penalty for their "reporting mistake" is a $250 fine or, if the lack of disclosure was intentional, its the amount they accepted plus $250.

Compounding the issue and the criticism, Democrat Kane lawyered up and went to talk or rather, had her lawyer talk, with the folks that published the story on the investigation.

The rhetoric used by Kane in explaining her decision has provoked the District Attorney of Philadelphia, the lead investigator in the case, and the supervisor of the investigation to issue blistering responses.  The last one, the supervisor, also threw down a "face me" challenge to Kane, calling for her to debate her decision fully and publicly.

To top it off, Kane's office has shed its third press secretary in 14 months. That's not to suggest separation had anything to do with the current crap-storm that is swirling around the AG's office.  In fact, there isn't much of an explanation at all about what caused the separation.  The optics are just terrible having all of this coincide with the separation.

The good news is that, while the Democratic Attorney General and her press office can't seem to get out of their own way, Republicans are responding to the allegation of corruption of Democratic officials in Philadelphia.   Republican Senator Lisa Baker has announced plans to introduce legislation to impose an absolute ban on cash gifts to lawmakers.

This initiative taken by Republicans to right a wrong, while Democrats talk about fixing "reporting mistakes" made by their members, clearly demonstrates the bold contrast between the level-headed leadership and responsive government that Republicans offer the people of Pennsylvania with the dysfunction and excuses offered by the Democrats.

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