Not much of a honeymoon.
Senate Republicans have decided to sue newly inaugurated Pennsylvania Governor Tom Corbett over his firing of Erik Arneson, Pennsylvania’s Director of the Office of Open Records. Arneson was appointed to his position by former Governor Tom Corbett with just 10 days left in his term.
Matt Haverstick, who is the attorney representing the Senate Republicans, insisted that because of the office’s “watchdog” capabilities, the Open Records Office must remain “an independent agency.”
Haverstick also told reporters that the suit seeks an emergency injunction to reinstate Arneson. The hearing on the injunction is set for next Tuesday.
Gov. Wolf argues that elected leaders should be open and transparent, but Corbett’s appointment of Arneson to a six-year term was “anything but open and transparent.”
Gov. Wolf also says he is “standing up against an effort to destroy the integrity of the Office of Open Records and turn it into a political operation,” and that “these attempts to change the office, which exists to protect the public’s right to know, are the exact reasons people distrust their state government.”
In addition, Wolf mentioned that Arneson was an at-will employee who could be fired at any time.
Since the firing, Nathan Byerly, the Open Records Office’s deputy director, has served as acting director.