The week didn’t start well for Governor Corbett, but it certainly ended well.
Brad Bumsted of the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review revealed early this morning that the Attorney General’s report on Governor Corbett’s conduct during the Sandusky case clears him of any wrongdoing or efforts to slow the investigation.
Attorney General Kathleen Kane made looking into Corbett’s possible political motivations a major part of her campaign in 2012.
“There’s nothing in the available document record or witness interviews to support that Attorney General Corbett or anyone else in the OAG executive office at this time gave any instructions on how to conduct the investigation,” the report concludes according to an excerpt provided to the Tribune-Review.
The infamous Sandusky scandal involved the sexual abuse of several victims over a period of years by former Penn State Defensive Coordinator Jerry Sandusky. The scandal cost long-time PSU Head Coach Joe Paterno his job as well as causing the firing of the university’s President, Vice President and Athletic Director.
The allegation made by Democrats was that Corbett deliberately slow-walked the investigation to avoid angering PSU alumni (the firing of Paterno is still a very controversial decision among citizens of the commonwealth).
“Kane’s report does not use accusatory language regarding Corbett’s actions,” Bumsted wrote in summing up the report. “Completed but awaiting release in a few weeks, it is far less critical than Corbett’s supporters expected; they call it a ‘vindication.’ Others think it outlines failed leadership from top to bottom.”
According to Bumsted, the only major issue the report takes with the investigation is that it took too long to search Sandusky’s home.
This news will surely come as a relief to the Corbett campaign as Kane’s report threatened to hang like the sword of Damocles over their heads during the general election.
Overall, it appears the Sandusky scandal may have very little effect on the campaign. In a Quinnipiac poll this week only 1% of those that disapprove of Corbett’s job performance cited “Penn State Issues”. Instead, expect the general election campaign to focus on the candidates and the issues of the economy and education.