As Bonusgate nears 1,000 days, activist challenges Corbett
More than 30 months since news of his legislative corruption probe first broke, state Attorney General Tom Corbett was once again hounded Tuesday for not moving fast enough when a political activist called on him to issue a new round of indictments or resign his office while he campaigns for governor.
“All doubt must be removed from the mind of the voter that the investigation is political,” said activist Gene Stilp, noting that Oct. 21 will mark 1,000 days since the Bonusgate probe came to light. “As long as Tom Corbett is the Attorney General while he is running for governor a cloud of suspicion hangs over his campaign as to his motives for indicting or not indicting certain individuals.”
By itself, Stilp’s challenge may not post much of a political obstacle to Corbett, considered by many party insiders to be the early GOP front-runner against Congressman Jim Gerlach (R-6). But it underscores how, as the campaign and the investigation drag on, Corbett’s chief political asset—his crusade against corruption—could also become a political headache.
Corbett’s campaign manager referred comment to a spokesman at the Attorney General’s office, who declined to comment. Corbett has said repeatedly that the investigation is not being influenced by his political aspirations.
October 6, 2009 at 4:44 pm