A terrible towel, a new Deputy AG and another State Treasurer is arrested. See who made this week’s list!
Barbara Hafer. Another former PA State Treasurer has been indicted. Yesterday we found out that Barbara Hafer is being charged with lying about taking $500,000 in consulting fees from a company that did business with her office. It actually appears that all this was revealed through the wire former Treasurer Rob McCord was wearing as part of his plea deal after he was found guilty of extortion. Is a non-corrupt State Treasurer really so much to ask!?
PA GOP Delegation. The trip was definitely worthwhile for the 71 delegates that Pennsylvania sent to the Republican National Convention in Cleveland. First of all, they got great seats right off the stage. Then, Speaker Paul Ryan spoke to them on Monday (he even twirled a terrible towel). Donald Trump Jr, Joni Ernst and Jeff Sessions were the guests of honor on Wednesday while VP nominee Mike Pence surprised them during their Thursday breakfast. This is a week they won’t forget.
Kathleen Kane. The Attorney General’s August 8th trial is rapidly approaching and new controversies just keep popping up. On Wednesday, we learned that Kane had interviewed the son of someone scheduled to testify against her for a job. That same day it was revealed that Kane’s twin sister, Ellen Granahan, won that pay raise from new First Deputy Attorney General Bruce Castor. Whoever said August is a quiet month?
Brian Fitzpatrick. The first-time candidate and younger brother to retiring incumbent Mike Fitzpatrick wrapped up just his second fundraising quarter last month. Nonetheless, he was able to score his second straight victory over Democratic nominee Steve Santarsiero in the fundraising race. On top of that, Ohio Governor John Kasich is set to campaign with Fitzpatrick today.
Eric Papenfuse. We’ll be giving the Harrisburg Mayor a down arrow every week until he lifts his ridiculous ban of PennLive. We’re up to the sixth week now.
The tweet of the week goes to the Tribune-Review’s Tom Fontaine for capturing this snapshot of Paul Ryan waving a terrible towel.
— Tom Fontaine (@FontainePGH) July 18, 2016