So many candidates have said so many stupid things that it has been impossible to catalogue all but a few of them, but Thomas Marino, candidate for Congress in Pennsylvania's 10th District (Lehigh Valley), demands attention for a pathetic whopper in defense of an apparent whopper.
Marino, who vouched for a casino applicant (and soon-to-be employer) while serving as a federal prosecutor, has failed to produce a promised letter confirming his claim that the Department of Justice approved his unusual appearance in a casino application.
Why? Because the candidate is "not authorized" to release the ostensibly exculpatory document.
Why? Because "While I am confident that the release of certain documents would end this matter, I understand the sensitive nature of these documents and the important role that the Department of Justice has in keeping us safe."
That's right. Marino must respectfully refuse to dispel the impression he is a liar (if not worse) because . . . exoneration would threaten national security!
(A Department of Justice source has indicated that the department has no record of the asserted permission.)
But that unfortunate report from the east is more than tempered by other justice-related news: One of the two Luzerne County judges who accepted million-dollar bribes in the jailing-children-for-profit scandal has reportedly ended his silence, speaking with prosecutors to the point at which one source reports that the former judge was close-mouthed when pleading guilty but 'just won't shut up' while preparing for sentencing.
Those who desire justice will welcome an insider's testimony, but the former judge's sudden garrulousness could be bad news for anyone who benefited from the highly profitable but extremely repulsive scheme.