1/22 Ups & Downs

Primaries, emails and endorsements. See who made this list!

Up ArrowJohn Rafferty, John Brown and Otto Voit. Last weekend the PA GOP met for their annual winter meeting in Hershey. While Scott Wagner’s comments about Gov. Wolf and Lindsey Graham’s speech got most of the attention, the committee made some noteworthy decisions. Chief among them were the endorsements of John Rafferty, John Brown and Otto Voit for Attorney General, Auditor General and State Treasurer respectively. The unanimous decisions marked a sharp contrast with the Democratic Party, which is dealing with a number of contentious primaries.

Up Arrow1Down ArrowJosh Shapiro and Stephen Zappala. Speaking of which, it’s looking like we’re going to have an especially competitive Democratic primary in the Attorney General race. The news that Kathleen Kane may try to run for re-election sparked the most eventful week so far in this contest. Dave Fawcett dropped out, saying he didn’t want to split the western vote with Zappala. Then, Jack Stollsteimer stepped aside while explicitly endorsing Shapiro. Finally, Zappala indicated that some of Pittsburgh’s biggest names are lining up behind him. The race is fast becoming an east/west battle between Shapiro and Zappala with Kane and Northampton’s John Morganelli hanging around. It should be one of the more entertaining spring primaries.

Down ArrowMax Baer and Kevin Dougherty. Just when you think this lewd email problem can’t get any worse…it gets worse. This week we found out that seven other Supreme Court Justices, in addition to Seamus McCaffery and Michael Eakin, received inappropriate emails. Furthermore two of them, Justices Baer and Dougherty, currently sit on the bench. It’s unclear just how damaging this revelation will be to them, given that they never sent any messages, although it has to be an unwelcome embarrassment as Baer finishes out his tenure and Dougherty starts his.

Up Arrow1Dwight Evans. The State Representative and Congressional hopeful released a poll on Tuesday, commissioned by PPP, that showed him sixteen points ahead of indicted Congressman Chaka Fattah. Not only that, Evans leads among both black and white voters in this minority-majority district. He also released his first ad the next day, capping off quite the week.

 

Down ArrowScott Petri. Petri had a lot going for him in the PA-8 race: establishment support, plenty of cash and a contentious Democratic primary. Then, all of sudden, Brian Fitzpatrick appeared. The younger brother of the retiring incumbent, Fitzpatrick announced yesterday that he is jumping into the GOP primary. While this new Fitzpatrick has no political experience, it’s worth betting that he wouldn’t give up his job in the FBI and his life in California to come here if he thought losing was a real possibility. The State Rep. may yet have the last laugh but there’s no way to deny this is terrible news for him.

The tweet of the week goes to the Philadelphia Police Department. Have fun and be careful this weekend politicos.

January 22nd, 2016 | Posted in Features, Front Page Stories, Top Stories | 32 Comments

32 thoughts on “1/22 Ups & Downs”

  1. Pat Unger says:

    And now Fina’s Penn State case is falling apart too. This from ABCNews:

    http://abcnews.go.com/US/wireStory/charges-penn-state-administrators-thrown-36451776

    The judges were critical of the actions of prosecutor Frank Fina, saying it was “highly improper” for him to question Baldwin about what the men had told her after Fina assured a judge he would not ask her about confidential communications with Curley, Schultz or Spanier. Fina did not respond to an email seeking comment.

    More NO COMMENTS from Fina. Shocker!! The Clown Car is running out of gas.

  2. Pat Unger says:

    It has become very fashionable to blame Kathleen Kane for one’s own misdeeds:

    http://mobile.philly.com/beta?wss=/philly/news/politics&id=366139711

    Eakin is a disgrace. An absolute embarrassment to the GOP. Seems his wife thinks it is Kane’s fault he used State servers to make fun of immigrants, rape victims, and female victims of domestic violence. It was Kane (as puppeteer) who forced him to sit quietly as his buddy “cleared” him initially. It was Kane, via mind control, who got into his head and tried to stack the deck in a cover-up attempt.

    Sorta reminds me of Seth Williams’ response when the FBI investigated him criminally. Remember – that was Kane’s doing too. A State AG is, apparently, now running the FBI and the USAO in Philadelphia. Or maybe Kane forced Williams to mis-use campaign funds on gym memberships.

    This is getting laughable.

  3. Unsanctioned R says:

    Clearly Hahaha et al make this site aa better place. Stay classy PADEMS.

  4. HaHaHa says:

    The RETARD is a troll of epic proportions.

  5. Unsanctioned R says:

    I guess it could be a conspiracy of epic proportions.

  6. HaHaHa says:

    Agreed. Eakin is a total POS; his buddy, Castille isn’t much better.

    When you look at Eakin and Castille, you can see the corruption and deceitfulness that has been prevalent in the PA Judiciary. Glad Kane came along to EXPOSE them. Even with the media totally watching, the creeps tried to stack the deck to make sure Eakin was not held accountable.

    This CLOWN CAR needs to be sent to Federal Prison. They are pathetic excuses for judges and prosecutors. Hope they have their orange jump-suits ready!!

  7. Wait, what ? says:

    Gotta love Eakin. He accused McCaffery of trying to blackmail him with the release of his emails and now he’s doing the same thing to Baer and Dougherty. What a POS hypocrite.

  8. Pat Unger says:

    David, The key words in the PPA article posted by the RETARD troll:

    “The Attorney General told the grand jury she did not know who prepared the envelope or what it contained. The investigation could not find anyone who admitted to putting the materials in the envelope.”

    And don’t forget that the allegations by King are par for the course in the Clown Car’s “Playbook.” See Step 2 below:

    PA Corruption Network’s Playbook

    The similarities between the prosecution of Kathleen Kane and of the PSU 3 [and the legislative sting case] reveal the “playbook” of Pennsylvania’s corruption network.
    The cases of current Pennsylvania Attorney General (AG) Kathleen Kane and that of former Penn State University (PSU) officials (i.e., the PSU 3) are connected by a common thread.

    A group of the Commonwealth’s attorneys, judges, political operatives, and their media accomplices — hereafter referred to as the “network” — used trumped up charges, purposely misinterpreted laws, and oversold highly dubious evidence to convict these individuals in the court of public opinion.

    After examining the timelines and evidence of these cases, it appears that the network has a well defined playbook for taking out its targets and it works like this:

    1. Individuals within the network fear their own heinous acts may be exposed and publicly accuse their opponents of crimes as a means of deflecting attention away from themselves.

    2. The network next co-opts individuals close to the target(s) –insiders — to assist in setting up the target(s) to be charged with perjury and other crimes.

    3. After the insiders have sufficiently undermined the targets (using various means of deception), the network’s attorneys and/or judges leak damaging information about the targets to the media.

    4. The media arm of the network uses the information in an attempt to compromise the targets or to promote guilt by association in the press.

    5. At the conclusion of this “framing,” that was mislabeled as a criminal investigation, attorneys go public with charging documents that allege crimes based on misinterpretations of the laws and that are chocked full of questionable testimony from unreliable witnesses, completely illogical scenarios, and dubious evidence. Perjury charges are standard in order to publicly smear the defendants as being dishonest individuals while attempting to pump up the veracity of the Commonwealth’s lousy witnesses (who would be eviscerated at an actual trial).

    6. The media accomplices ignore the illegal application of relevant laws, that the charging documents are illogical, the lousy witnesses, and the highly questionable evidence in order to continue treating the allegations as facts and even go as far as to allege the target committed crimes for which he or she has not been charged.

    7. The public falls for the deception and believes the targets are guilty of everything and are corrupt individuals — whether they have been charged with a crime or not. Citizen activists, public officials, and other groups and individuals — who are beneficiaries of the corrupt network — jump on the media bandwagon to publicly condemn the targets.

    8. Witting and/or unwitting employers recommend the targets be relieved of their duties or actually do so through employment actions — before anything is proven and without conducting a legitimate legal review.

    9. When legal proceedings in the cases reveal the false and questionable testimony put forth in the charging documents and the dubious evidence used in the case, the network’s media arm ignores the information and continues to slant the reports so the public continues to assume the targets are guilty.

    10. The legal issues from the misapplications of the laws result in appeals to the network’s judges, who refused to rule on simple matters and keep the trials on permanent hold.

    The network’s playbook achieves the goal of protecting its corrupt dealings and/or heinous crimes by never legally proving, but publicly scapegoating the targets in a media firestorm that is high in supposition and light on facts.

    To wit: the grand jury and Montgomery County DA Risa Ferman did not find the evidence to charge AG Kane with directly leaking grand grand jury information in the Mondesire case, but you wouldn’t know that if you just read the news headlines.

    Instead, they charged her with perjury (part of the playbook), lesser crimes, and for orchestrating the leaks, the latter of which Ferman and others know can’t be proven.
    Then again, the network’s playbook doesn’t include actually prosecuting the case.

  9. David Diano says:

    Unsanctioned R-

    So, the contradictor lied.

  10. Pat Unger says:

    My understanding is that Josh Morrow, in his first statement, stated that Kane had nothing to do with giving the envelope to the Daily News.

    There aren’t many jurors who are going to believe any of the people lined up to get her out of office. If they don’t have a credible witness who can say Kane actually leaked something – someone who hasn’t said she didn’t in a previous statement – the case is going nowhere.

    If you look at the “Playbook” they use all the time, you will see that the viability of the nonsense they call evidence doesn’t matter to them. Their plan is to win with press clippings – not with real evidence.

    The criminal case against Kane is trumped-up. Just read the “Playbook” article. It is plain as day.

  11. Karen Kurzinger says:

    Mr. Unger – I have been wondering why the people involved do not just “out” themselves and neutralize Kane’s sword. If they all did it at once, the Press would cover it for a day and then it would go away. Perhaps they are worried about Ron Castille’s statements that the contents of the e-mails were violative of the Criminal Code.

  12. aaron says:

    I mean he — Eakin; has he resigned yet?

  13. aaron says:

    Has she resigned yet??

  14. Unsanctioned R says:

    Hypocrisy is saying you authorized the package with with a leak, passed along said package and then point your finger at everyone who says you’re a criminal and accuse all of them of doing what you did.

  15. Pat Unger says:

    gulag – The inquirer is calling for the Supreme Court to investigate. Not sure that is the answer, though. IMO – the Feds need to get involved. Problem is that the e-mails allegedly went to and from US Attorneys Offices as well.

    This scandal is HUGE. Not because of the offensive content of the e-mails, but because of the corruption and bases that were, and are still, part of the cover-up.

    The Kane case is what will be their undoing. The criminal charges were just a part of a concerted, intense effort to discredit and silence Kane. Many were involved. Many had a lot to lose. They are slowly being dragged into the light of day. And that is a very good thing – regardless of whether Kane illegal leaked protected GJ material to get even with a perceived enemy.

    The hypocrisy of their criminal charges is amazing too. Kane is being prosecuted for one alleged leak while the very people behind the prosecution ILLEGALLY LEAKED tons of protected material themselves. Kevin Steele is not involved with the smear campaign. but he should know that selective enforcement is a form of corruption.

  16. Marie says:

    HaHaHa – the leading candidates for rats are the ones who are already in the gutter; the ones that have no loyalty; the ones that will do anything to protect themselves. Low morals types. In other words – I wouldn’t be surprised if Fina was already wearing a wire.

  17. Marie says:

    No need to apologize, SpongeBoob. It does seem like Williams’ response to NOW and the women of Philadelphia is shallow. Here is Williams’ position: Corbett hired Granahan (who appears to be a hate-gate creep), so it was acceptable for me to hire Frank Fina – a racist and misogynist.

    Seriously – it doesn’t make much sense.

  18. gulagPittsburgh says:

    More and more reasons every day to publish online ALL the emails of Eakin and the other porn perverts. Now even Eakin’s wife/lawyer is saying lower judges will be profoundly affected and evidence of ex parte communications that will keep the Judicial Ethics Court very busy. Throw them all out and show the public the email evidence of why.

  19. Scranton Sucks says:

    HaHaHa/Pat Unger must work for PoliticsPA (if he has a job at all). They let him post under multiple screen names all the time. You would think PoliticsPA would screen its employees for criminal convictions, especially when Fina successfully prosecuted this loser.

  20. SpongeBob says:

    Oh, I am sorry I just assumed that since in the past Kane’s sisters transgressions were ignored she didn’t count but yes Granahan came in then. I am sure the woman hating Kane will continue to pretend her sister is not directly involved in the scandal.

  21. Unsanctioned R says:

    I’m sure the clown car is scared that there is one dude who talks to himself about conspiracy theories using multiple screen names but can’t defend even simple logical challenges.

    Hahaha’s new argument is that the white men were “silencing” Kane. But, when you question his logic–which is that Kane was silent for years–and ask, “doesn’t it make more sense that they just let her continue remaining silent?”–and point out that it was only after she was challenged in court for using the emails as blackmail that they finally started trickling out…He loses his head and starts spoofing everyone and making up more lies.

    Where are you hahaha? LOL

  22. Pat Unger says:

    Bob – Didn’t Corbett hire Granahan? isn’t she alleged to have use her State computer to view and distribute photos of male genitalia?

  23. SpongeBob says:

    Pat, HAHAHA,
    You idiot(s) realize that Fina and the others from the AG’s office predated Corbett right? Who did Corbett hire? They were there under Fisher too. I mean if you are going to talk to yourself (the idiot’s reference was to your multiple personalities) on here you might at least know some facts. I also wonder if the reason you post on here and have such animosity for Corbett can finally come out. Why not admit it already?

  24. Pat Unger says:

    It seems that Williams got into bed with the wrong people. Hard to imagine him not realizing this and cutting ties with Fina. After all – here is his current explanation as to why he thinks it is OK for him to hire racist women-haters: “Corbett’s AG’s Office hired racist women-haters too!!” That is incredibly weak.

  25. HaHaHa says:

    Below is the article on the “Playbook.” You will see that this is exactly what they have tried to pull on Kane. Luckily, they are now getting dragged into the light of day. Pennsylvania will be the better for it.

    PA Corruption Network’s Playbook

    The similarities between the prosecution of Kathleen Kane and of the PSU 3 [and the legislative sting case too] reveal the “Playbook” of Pennsylvania’s corruption network.

    The cases of current Pennsylvania Attorney General (AG) Kathleen Kane and that of former Penn State University (PSU) officials (i.e., the PSU 3) are connected by a common thread.
    A group of the Commonwealth’s prosecutors, attorneys, judges, political operatives, and their media accomplices — hereafter referred to as the “network” — used trumped up charges, purposely misinterpreted laws, and oversold highly dubious evidence to “convict” these individuals in the court of public opinion.

    After examining the timelines and evidence of these cases, it appears that the network has a well defined playbook for taking out its targets and it works like this:

    1. Individuals within the network fear their own heinous acts may be exposed and publicly accuse their opponents of crimes as a means of deflecting attention away from themselves.

    2. The network next co-opts individuals close to the target(s) –insiders — to assist in setting up the target(s) to be charged with perjury and other crimes.

    3. After the insiders have sufficiently undermined the targets (using various means of deception), the network’s attorneys and/or judges leak damaging information about the targets to the media.

    4. The media arm of the network uses the information in an attempt to compromise the targets or to promote guilt by association in the press.

    5. At the conclusion of this “framing,” that was mislabeled as a criminal investigation, attorneys go public with charging documents that allege crimes based on misinterpretations of the laws and that are chocked full of questionable testimony from unreliable witnesses, completely illogical scenarios, and dubious evidence. Perjury charges are standard in order to publicly smear the defendants as being dishonest individuals while attempting to pump up the veracity of the Commonwealth’s lousy witnesses (who would be eviscerated at an actual trial).

    6. The media accomplices ignore the illegal application of relevant laws, that the charging documents are illogical, the lousy witnesses, and the highly questionable evidence in order to continue treating the allegations as facts and even go as far as to allege the target committed crimes for which he or she has not been charged.

    7. The public falls for the deception and believes the targets are guilty of everything and are corrupt individuals — whether they have been charged with a crime or not. Citizen activists, public officials, and other groups and individuals — who are beneficiaries of the corrupt network — jump on the media bandwagon to publicly condemn the targets.

    8. Witting and/or unwitting employers recommend the targets be relieved of their duties or actually do so through employment actions — before anything is proven and without conducting a legitimate legal review.

    9. When legal proceedings in the cases reveal the false and questionable testimony put forth in the charging documents and the dubious evidence used in the case, the network’s media arm ignores the information and continues to slant the reports so the public continues to assume the targets are guilty.

    10. The legal issues from the misapplications of the laws result in appeals to the network’s judges, who refused to rule on simple matters and keep the trials on permanent hold.

    The network’s playbook achieves the goal of protecting its corrupt dealings and/or heinous crimes by never legally proving, but publicly scapegoating the targets in a media firestorm that is high in supposition and light on facts.

    To wit: the grand jury and Montgomery County DA Risa Ferman did not find the evidence to charge AG Kane with directly leaking grand grand jury information in the Mondesire case, but you wouldn’t know that if you just read the news headlines.

    Instead, they charged her with perjury (part of the playbook), lesser crimes, and for orchestrating the leaks, the latter of which Ferman and others know can’t be proven.
    Then again, the network’s playbook doesn’t include actually prosecuting the case.

  26. Unsanctioned R says:

    “Thanks Aaron. Hadn’t seen that.” Funniest thing said all day. And the day is young!

    You talk to yourself, what else do you do with yourself?

  27. HaHaHa says:

    Thanks Aaron. Hadn’t seen that. Looks like Eakin is gonna go with a scorched Earth defense. Wonder if he has or is thinking about going State’s evidence. It’s only a matter of time before one of these guys flips. They know the smear campaign is now backfiring. They know the charges they manufactured are bull-shit. And the Feds are alleged to be sniffing around.

    The set up of Kane is a corruption scandal bigger than ABSCAM. Whether she leaked that document or not, their execution of the “Playbook” on Kane is going to do them all in. They went too far this time. They are gonna need to get fitted for their orange jump-suits.

  28. Unsanctioned R says:

    I see you hahaha! You can’t run from your lies. Can’t any of your aliases back up your claims? LOL. Keep running.

  29. Pat Unger says:

    Speaking of Fina, seems that Seth Williams has some explaining to do regarding Fina, his lawyer and their relationship with the star witness in the sting case. Seth Williams just hired a new “Chief of Staff” and “General Counsel” at the DA’s Office. It’s a high paid position – and one that did not exist before Williams created it for Kathy Martin.

    Kathy Martin has zero general counsel experience. She has very little prosecutorial experience. But – Kathy Martin is married to Bob Levant.

    Bob Levant is Tyron Ali’s lawyer — the con-man “cooperator” in the legislative sting case. Levant negotiated a sweet “deal” with Frank Fina for Mr. Ali on that case. It really wasn’t a deal though – as Fina dropped all the charges against Ali in an 11th hour move right before Kane took office. What was the rush?

    Also – Frank Fina let Tyron Ali keep the $400,000.00 he stole from PA taxpayers. Why was that? Why didn’t the con-man have to pay back the $400K he stole from that non-profit set up to help children?

    Now – guess who Frank Fina’s lawyer is?!? I’ll give you three guesses …. Yep — Bob Levant. And guess what Fina and Levant want now? More taxpayer $$$. They are suing Kane and the State of PA for money.

    And, now we have Levant’s wife, on behalf of Williams and Fina, talking negatively about Kane in the Press on the taxpayers’ dime.

    Is Seth Williams going to tell us it is a coincidence that the person he chose for this newly created, high paying job just so happens to be Levant’s wife? Have you looked into how much $$$ Levant gave Williams? Have you looked into whether Levant was involved in representing Williams or finding attorneys to represent Williams in the Federal Criminal Investigation into Williams? Have you asked whether Kathy Martin even interviewed with or got vetted by the Hiring Committee at the D.A.’s Office?

    Isn’t it time for someone to tell this story? To ask the questions at least? Who in the Press will have the balls?

    Whatever happened to transparency?

  30. KSDF says:

    “While this new Fitzpatrick has no political experience, it’s worth betting that he wouldn’t give up his job in the FBI and his life in California to come here if he thought losing was a real possibility.”

    Didn’t see the same backhanded compliment about Albert Baker Knoll.

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