The Pittsburgh Tribune-Review's Brad Bumsted asks the question many Pennsylvanians have been wondering; Did Bill DeWeese know?
He pointed the finger at his one-time Democrat leadership partner, former Rep. Mike Veon, of Beaver Falls, and DeWeese's former chief of staff, Mike Manzo. In July, Veon and Manzo were among 12 former House Democrats charged with felonies in the bonus scandal. DeWeese, who was majority leader for the 2006-2007 session, has not been charged.
It's difficult to believe that DeWeese didn't know what was going on. Whether DeWeese specifically took part in directing the scheme is another question.
DeWeese, of Greene County, portrays the bonus scandal as being perpetrated by staffers run amok. These employees all were under his chain of command.
DeWeese, using former state Inspector General Bill Chadwick as a paid consultant, turned over information to Attorney General Tom Corbett in 2007. It's presumed by some that he threw the former staffers under the bus in an attempt to save himself. Many Democrats are wondering who else DeWeese fingered.
There are two answers to this questions. Yes, DeWeese knew all along what was going on with his staff. He's been lying to every Pennsylvanian for the last few years and doesn't deserve to be a lawmaker.
Or, no, DeWeese has been telling the truth and was ignorant to everything that was happening right under his nose. This shows an amazing lack of responsibility and accountability (you know, two attributes that tend to go hand-in-hand with leadership) which mean's he doesn't deserve to be a lawmaker.
The bottom line; DeWeese is no longer qualified to be a lawmaker.