8/19 Ups & Downs
A guilty verdict, a new Attorney General and a lot of undisclosed gifts. See who made this week’s list!
Kathleen Kane. To paraphrase Gerald Ford, our long statewide nightmare is over. The Kathleen Kane saga is finally coming to an end. On Monday closing arguments were heard in her case, and after just four and a half hours of deliberation, the jury declared her guilty on all nine counts. A bit surprisingly, Kane announced the next day that she would be resigning. It seems that she is finally starting to understand her reality and the gravity of her current situation. This whole episode was really one for the books. In fact, they’ll likely be several books about Kathleen Kane and her downfall.
Bruce Beemer. The Inspector General is set to become the Attorney General. The former First Deputy clashed repeatedly with Kathleen Kane and finally left last month. After testifying against Kane last week, he is someone who can easily appeal to legislative Republicans and earn confirmation.
Seth Williams. The Philadelphia District Attorney is very lucky that his latest scandal broke in the midst of the Kane verdict. The Inquirer reported this week that Seth Williams received $160,050 in undisclosed gifts from 2010 to 2015. These favors ranged from cash to home repair to sideline passes for Eagles games. Not to mention this already infamous portrait. Additionally, Williams has also been under fire for not prosecuting an alleged sexual assault that occurred during the Democratic Convention. Given all that’s happened over the past few years to prominent PA Democrats, this feels like the beginning of something serious for Seth Williams.
Lou Barletta and Tom Marino. Only a handful of advisors made it into the Trump campaign’s inaugural national security meeting. Two of them were Pennsylvania Congressmen Lou Barletta and Tom Marino. Both Representatives are members of the House Homeland Security Committee and were early supporters of the GOP presidential nominee. Reps. Barletta and Marino seem due for a higher national profile.
Eric Papenfuse. We’ll be giving the Harrisburg Mayor a down arrow every week until he lifts his ridiculous ban of PennLive. We’re now all the way up to week ten.
The tweet of the week goes to Jake Sternberger for this insight on the Kathleen Kane saga.
Noteworthy that of all the PA officials going down these last couple years, Kane is the only one whose downfall was hate, not greed.
— Jake Sternberger (@JakeSternberger) August 16, 2016