Gergley Pleads Guilty to Corruption
According to the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, Gergley will remain in his seat until he is sentenced. Currently, sentencing is scheduled for November 6th. House leaders could try to expel Gergley before sentencing based off a rule passed by the House in January.
House Democratic Leader Frank Dermody (D-Allegheny) said it was good that Gergley accepted responsibility for his actions, but did not immediately push for his resignation.
“I haven’t yet spoken to Marc Gergely to discuss what comes next. Obviously it’s necessary for the people in the 35th District to have representation when important issues are considered in Harrisburg this fall,” Dermody said in a statement.
Whenever Gergley does resign from his position, House Speaker Mike Turzai will have to set the date for the special election to replace him. The election will be the second special election in the western part of the state that Turzai will have to set likely in 2018. State Representative Brandon Neuman (D-Washington) won both the Republican and Democratic primary to be a Washington County Judge.