Stack Battles, Concedes Allegations During Awkward Press Conference
Mike Stack was backed into a corner. Literally.
The Lieutenant Governor may have added to his troubles during a press conference he called to respond to the investigation into his actions ordered by Governor Tom Wolf.
Reporters crowded Stack’s office as he sat behind his corner desk.
The Office of Inspector General is investigating accusations that Stack and his wife verbally abused members of security detail and staff at the LG’s mansion.
“We are both sorry for hurting feelings,” Stack said of his and his wife’s behavior.
“I see it as an opportunity to shed some light on things that we need to do better,” Stack said during the press conference.
“Women across Pennsylvania love that my wife stands up for herself.”
The press conference ended up being a ‘mea culpa,’ with Stack repeatedly apologizing for his actions – but only indirectly admitted what those actions were.
When asked if he believed he had an anger problem, Stack responded saying, “I think we have a human problem.”
Stack also gave some insights into the notably frosty relationship between himself and Wolf. Lt. governors are nominated separately from governors, with the matter having no direct control of the former. Wolf and Stack have rarely appeared together.
“The last time we spoke was over a week ago,” Stack said.
The investigation does not change Stack’s plan to seek re-election.
“I will be running next year,” Stack said.
The press conference also had problems stemming from choice of location. Stack held the conference while sitting at his desk, with no way to easily leave or end the question and answer session.
“You always hold a mea culpa press conference where you can leave after you are done,” Chris Nicholas, the principal of Eagle Consulting Group said. Nicholas has managed campaigns and communications for a number of candidates and organizations.
Stack ended his press conference by walking out onto the balcony of the LG’s office.
“It is a nice day today, so I am going to leave this way,” Stack concluded.
PoliticsPA has reached out to Wolf’s office for comment.