By Wyatt Earp | November 13, 2009
Regular readers of SYLG know that I lament the fact that Philadelphia has “enjoyed” 60+ years of uninterrupted Democrat rule. You can see the results. We are slowly overtaking Detroit as the worst, most politically corrupt city in the nation.
Normally, I would saw that this town needs some new blood, in the form of the GOP. And then I read this – an article which proves that Philadelphia-based politicians of both parties are as corrupt as they come.
A former House speaker, an ex-lawmaker and eight aides Thursday became the latest—and the first Republicans—to be charged in a 3-year-old investigation into the diversion of public resources and employees to legislative campaigns.
Attorney General Tom Corbett said that individuals within the House GOP caucus spent millions of taxpayer dollars on computer technology to gain an upper hand in campaigns, and that investigators can prove that some high-ranking officials and their employees tried to cover up their part.
The charges of theft, conspiracy, conflict of interest and obstruction of justice, and an accompanying 188-page grand jury report, were released Thursday, and the defendants were scheduled to turn themselves in Friday at a Dauphin County district judge’s office.
The most prominent defendant is state Rep. John M. Perzel, R-Philadelphia, who served as speaker for nearly four years and as majority leader for nearly a decade before that.
Corbett described Perzel as “aggressive in the acquisition and retention of power” and accused him of punishing fellow Republicans who voted against him on legislation with “dirty tricks” that included anonymous, taxpayer-paid robocalls to tarnish their image among voters in their districts. (H/T – CBS3)
Despicable. Hopefully, this man will be convicted and rot in federal prison.