Brennan Gets Jail Time, Unpaid Leave from Caucus Job
Ex-state Rep. Joe Brennan (D-Lehigh) faces up to 2 years in jail following his conviction for DUI and assaulting his wife. His future employment with the House Democratic caucus is yet to be determined.
The Allentown Morning Call reports that a Lehigh County judge rejected his request for house arrest and sentenced him to serve between 90 days and 2 years.
Brennan represented his Allentown district for three terms, but removed himself from the ballot after the charges were filed in August. He plead guilty this week to drunkenly punching and choking his wife then driving away.
He was ordered to report to prison Monday.
The Morning Call reported:
“‘It would literally make my future employment situation impossible,’ Brennan said in a low tone, barely audible.
“‘It’s a hardship for every defendant who stands before me,’ the judge replied. ‘The sentence stands.’”
House Democrats had hired Brennan to work in the Legislative Policy and Research Office, noting his decade of work as a researcher for the caucus prior to his election.
House Dems spokesman Bill Patton said the caucus hasn’t made a definitive decision about Brennan’s long-term status, but was suspending him in the meantime.
“Starting Monday, he will go on leave without pay or benefits until his release. His employment status will be reviewed at that time,” Patton said.