A long press conference for Kane, some welcome news items for Gov. Corbett and the re-election of a party chair. See who made this week’s list.
Kathleen Kane. The release of the report into Tom Corbett’s conduct during the Sandusky scandal was always going to be an important day in the Attorney General’s tenure. It’s hard to imagine, though, that Kane anticipated that it would unfold as it did. The report found some problems with the methods used in the investigation but overall found no evidence of political tampering. This in and of itself might not have been such an issue if Kane had a better prepared response to her earlier claims that political motivations were “probably” involved. Additionally, her apparently incorrect assertion that two children were abused during the investigation in 2009 garnered the most attentive of all, little of it positive.
Tom Corbett. The Governor had three bits of good news this week. The first, of course, is described above. The release of the report could have reminded voters that regardless of the validity of claims that the investigation was deliberately slowed down, the crimes did happen on Corbett’s watch. Instead, Kane received nearly all the animus thanks to her comments while the Gov escaped relatively unscathed. Second, the unemployment rate in Pennsylvania dropped to 5.6%. Finally, his re-election campaign had a fine post-primary quarter which shows the incumbent with a critical cash on hand advantage.
Tom Wolf. Wolf may not have handled the episode over party chair perfectly, but it does actually fits into a narrative he is seeking to promote; he truly is an outsider. Not only that but Wolf had a very successful fundraising report after the primary. It was important that Wolf receive a nice boost in contributions after his victory (it would be tough to spend another $10 million) and the Democratic nominee brought in more than double what Gov. Corbett did.
Jim Burn. Now that all is said and done, Jim Burn ultimately got what he wanted, another term as party chair. He faced significant opposition from his party’s gubernatorial nominee (and even lost some staffers) but Burn still easily won the prize after Wolf gave up the fight two days before. Whether Burn will regret his victory is a question for a later date, for now though he remains Chairman.
On-Time Budget. After Sen. Pileggi’s comments it appeared that we would blow past the June 30th budget deadline. While there has been some recent movement in the legislature, an agreement is far from close. We’re just four days out now and we still don’t have a clear indication whether the budget will be done on time or not.
Our tweet of the week goes to the Washington Post’s Colby Itkowitz, who commented about the unfortunate news emanating from an EPA office in Denver.
New meaning to govt waste RT @GovExec Does your agency have a rogue pooper or a simllar problem? Email firstname.lastname@example.org. Seriously.
— Colby Itkowitz (@ColbyItkowitz) June 25, 2014