It’s been a bad year for Pennsylvania Democrats. The FBI raid on City Halls in Reading and Allentown seem to have ensnared Mayors Vaughn Spencer and Ed Pawlowski in pay to play corruption schemes, the State Attorney General is facing potential criminal charges for leaking secret grand jury information and is accused of failing to prosecute Philadelphia area lawmakers in a probe which was successfully concluded by a rival DA.
Philadelphia District Attorney Seth Williams has garnered multiple convictions against State Representatives Ronald Waters, Michelle Brownlee, Harold James. Vanessa Lowery Brown and Louise Willaims Bishop are also facing charges.
Former Harrisburg Mayor Ed Reed may be the biggest prize of all for prosecutors though as he faces hundreds of counts for purchasing artifacts with taxpayer funds then keeping them for himself.
All of these corruption cases involve members of the Pennsylvania Democratic Party. Did someone spike the punch at recent State Committee meetings? It certainly seems to be contagious. Of course public corruption inflicts officials of both major political parties but at the present time the state GOP has to be licking its lips at the stain being given to Democrats.
It begins at the top where AG Kathleen Kane is obviously over her head. She can’t keep staff or even the attorney she hired to represent her against criminal charges. It seems she has a bad vindictive streak she is unable to control. She also has a bad habit of lying-something I exposed during that election.
So what doe Democrats here do to clean up their act? Losing consultant Mike Fleck is a first step since he disappeared after wearing a wire against former clients Pawlowski and Spencer. The Philadelphia lawmakers charged and convicted say much about the sad state of Bob Brady’s “machine” there. No one in Philly can breathe without first clearing it with Brady and no one gets elected without his blessing. Mush of this scandal must lay at his doorstep.
Update: Yet another black eye. Congressman Chaka Fattah has been indicted for accepting an illegal loan for $1 million. Yet another Brady crony.