Those critics had observed, aptly, that Mr. Corbett's record with respect to fighting public corruption was suspect not only with respect to results but also in the degree to which his prosecutorial judgments followed the trajectory of a gubernatorial campaign rather than any sense of justice.
Mr. Corbett's first substantial announcement as governor-elect -- identifying the leaders of his transition team -- vindicates the critics. Tom Corbett's idea of a clean-up crew:
- a prolific Republican Party (and Corbett) donor with no identifiable public policy interest or skill beyond bankrolling right-wing causes;
- the finance chair of Corbett's attorney general campaign and co-chair of Corbett's gubernatorial campaign (who, when not raising money for Corbett, advocates for one of the largest pursuers and recipients of taxpayer subsidies in Pennsylvania history);
- a former finance chair of the Republican State Committee (who, as a lawyer, indignantly defends America's largest systematic facilitator and concealer of the sexual abuse of children); and
- a professional (major-league) Republican Party fundraiser and lobbyist (wasn't she the GOP moneymaker who moonlighted as a mercenary for Tom Murphy when no Democrat wanted anything to do with the mayor who wrecked Pittsburgh?).
Legal counsel for the Corbett transition operation? A guy whose law firm describes him -- in the first paragraph -- as a "well-known political insider and Republican fundraiser for many years."
This is the "new tone", Tom? What's next? The Candy Man as your ethics counselor? Ms. Toretti as your advisor on PLCB issues (or perhaps as family values advisor)?
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