Monday, April 5, 2010
Not that anyone will bother to ask the Corbett campaign, but if Jane Orie is indicted this week, as KDKA reports tonight, how will Tom Corbett explain how his three-year investigation missed what District Attorney Stephen Zappala's found in just five months?
How will he explain why the prosecutorial arm of his campaign refused to investigate when an intern tried to report the questionable activity? ("Ex-Orie intern:'I knew I had to do something'" Post-Gazette 1/6/10)
How will he explain why Orie apparently felt free to engage in questionable campaign activities in 2009 despite a supposedly active and ongoing investigation of the Senate Republican Caucus?
Just what kind of investigation can he have been conducting when this sort of activity goes on right under his nose?
Despite the acquittal of Mike Veon and his co-defendants on a majority of the politically-motivated charges against them, the Veon prosecution has been paraded around Harrisburg as a sacred symbol that conduct like Orie's would Not Be Tolerated. Or, at least, that politicians would take more care in keeping up appearances.
But if intern Jennifer Knapp Rioja is telling the truth, Orie behaved as if she had nothing to fear. And Corbett's refusal to investigate her claims indicates Orie had good reason to believe it.
It's easy to understand why Orie mistakenly believed the Corbett campaign was the last word in law enforcement in Pennsylvania, since that's how the Capitol press corps has treated it.
But it appears that they - and she - were wrong. Wonder what else they've been wrong about?