Although today's Standard Speaker did not report it the Times Leader chronicled Todd Eachus's audacity to make these statements surrounding the Bonusgate investigation.
Eachus declined to say if he thinks state Attorney General Tom Corbett’s investigation into the House Democratic Caucus and the illegal award of bonuses to state workers for campaign work might affect his chances at re-election.
“It’s been a serious investigation, and the House Democratic Caucus has taken it seriously. But I think you’ll note from my comments all year that I have not commented directly on this investigation. And as difficult as that is, because I think people know me, I’m extremely direct, no one should be commenting on a grand jury investigation,” Eachus said.
“Because as (House) leader I’ve managed the entire investigation from Harrisburg, it’s not appropriate for me to comment,” he said.
No, Todd, you "managed" to get into the middle of the Bonusgate by an invitation to speak before the grand jury empanelled in the probe. If memory serves SOP correct AG Tom Corbett is MANAGING the Bonusgate probe, not you.
From the Philadelphia Inquirer, this editorial demonstrates that Todd Eachus should have more pride in the district he represents and decide not to run again rather than his bold move to announce he will run. Obviously this do-nothing legislator has no other options but to keep sucking at the taxpayer tit as a means of earning a living.
Monday, January 11, 2010
'Bonusgate' floated on sea of corruption
The guilty pleas of top legislative aides in Harrisburg have erased any doubt that a widespread corruption scandal was part of an illegal culture fostered by elected leaders.
Seven former House Democratic staffers pleaded guilty in the so-called “Bonusgate” probe last week.They admitted spending taxpayers’ money for political purposes, including at least $1 million in bonuses for staffers who worked on Democratic election campaigns.
The defendants are not household names. But they held important positions at the state Capitol.
Defendant Mike Manzo was the longtime chief of staff to Rep. Bill DeWeese (D., Greene), a leader of House Democrats for the past 20 years. Defendant Jeff Foreman was chief of staff to ex-Rep. Mike Veon of Beaver County, DeWeese’s top lieutenant. Defendant Scott Brubaker was the House Democrats’ director of staffing and administration. Defendant Earl Mosley served as personnel director.
Attorney General Tom Corbett has charged DeWeese and Veon, as well as 16 other defendants, including Rep. John M. Perzel (R., Philadelphia), a former Speaker, as part of an ongoing corruption probe. Perzel and others in the GOP are accused of spending millions of tax dollars to create computer programs to help reelect Perzel and other Republicans.
DeWeese has argued that the bonus scheme that helped to make him majority leader occurred without his knowledge or approval. The convictions of these seven defendants who worked for him say otherwise.
Mosley’s attorney, Matthew Gover, told a judge that Mosley “was directed to issue those checks. He didn’t do it of his own volition.”
The prosecutor, James Reeder, replied: “Mr. Mosley knew what he was doing, he knew that it was wrong, and he knew this was part of a big scheme. ... Defense counsel may argue he was only a cog in this big wheel of this big scheme, but he was a felony cog.”
Felony cogs in a big, broken, corrupt government machine. It is inconceivable, and laughable, to argue any longer that they dreamed up such schemes on their own or did it without the knowledge of party leaders.
All of the defendants who pleaded guilty will be required to pay back the state for the theft of taxpayers’ money.
Manzo and Foreman have agreed to forfeit their state pensions — that should be enforced against all of the defendants who are convicted of ripping off taxpayers. Nobody involved in political corruption should enjoy a comfortable retirement at taxpayer expense.
One of the arguments against Corbett’s investigation among Harrisburg insiders is that “everybody did it.” With these seven guilty pleas, we have the response. If everybody was doing it, the place is rotten to its core.