Bedlam On House Floor: PA Republicans Walk Off Before Vote to Investigate Corbett

Update 1:  In the article I explained that Sam Smith – House Leader – cancelled today’s legislative session.  He did not.   Today’s session – October 4th – is a non voting session.   


Earlier today, Pennsylvania House Democrats dropped a bomb by forcing a vote that would open Governor Corbett to a federal investigation. For months now, the public has been aware of Governor Tom Corbett’s associations with The Second Mile – Jerry Sandusky’s Foundation – including the political contributions he received during his campaign for governor. When Corbett was still the Attorney General in 2009, he was handed the Sandusky investigation, and then proceeded to  assign only 1 lead investigator to the case. Following Sandusky’s conviction on 45 counts of child sexual abuse , the Governor denied the harsh criticism that he dragged his feet on the initial investigation because of his gubernatorial campaign.

According to Representative Jesse White (Democrat, 46th District), to whom I spoke to earlier this evening, Representative Tim Briggs (Democrat, 149th District), forced House Resolution 520 to a vote through a discharge measure. The resolution calls for a federal investigation on Governor Corbett’s involvement in the initial 2009 Jerry Sandusky investigation. Representative Briggs’s legislative tactic reportedly took everyone by surprise, and Speaker of the House, Representative Sam Smith (Republican, 66th District), called for an immediate recess. All House Republicans left the floor. According to Representative White, House Republicans cancelled tomorrow’s scheduled voting session and are rumored to be considering not returning to the House floor until after Election Day, essentially pushing a vote on HR 520 off until the House returns after the new representatives are sworn in.

The actions of House Republicans, strongly suggests that they do not want the truth about Tom Corbett’s handling of the Sandusky investigation reaching the public.

Sean Kitchen is an Assistant Editor and Social Media Organizer for Raging Chicken Press. He is student at Kutztown University.


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6 Comments on Bedlam On House Floor: PA Republicans Walk Off Before Vote to Investigate Corbett

  1. Corbett is obviously guilty of stalling the Sandusky investigation in order to protect his Penn State Donors.He should be impeached and arrested.

    • Did you read the article? His donors were from The Second Mile, not Penn State! The Second Mile was founded by Jerry Sandusky but WAS NOT a Penn State charity. It has its own administration. A little research goes a long way. But you’re right, Corbett was trying to protect his gravy train.

      • making a distinction here between second mile and penn state is weak. penn state is eyeball deep in this mess and so is Corbett. If you can defend him in a scandall of this nature, the abuse of little kids. Then maybe YOU need to be investigated yourself.

  2. I think it’s more than stalling the investigation that they’re worried will get found out…I believe it goes much deeper than that.

  3. This would be laughable if it weren’t for the many boys who were victimized in this case. Such democracy here where the Republicans don’t even vote – they just walk out and pretend it isn’t happening like children sticking their fingers in their ears, “Nah, Nah, Nah, I can’t hear you!”

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