The Philadelphia Inquirer presents an editorial by former US Attorney David Marston. Marston asks, should Attorney General Tom Corbett be prosecuting or politicking?
Pennsylvania Attorney General Tom Corbett should make a choice. He should be either a corruption-fighting prosecutor or a candidate for governor. But he should not be both at the same time.
Corbett should follow the example of Patrick Meehan, his likely opponent for the Republican nomination for governor, who stepped down as U.S. attorney once he decided to explore the possibility of a political campaign. Or he could emulate Virginia Attorney General Bob McDonnell, who recently resigned from that post to run for governor, saying it would not be fair to the taxpayers to keep one office while pursuing the other.
But Corbett insists on wearing both hats. On March 16, he interrupted his "Bonusgate" criminal investigation just long enough to announce that he might run for governor. He formed an exploratory committee and filed papers allowing him to raise money and sign up staff for the 2010 gubernatorial race. Then, right back to Bonusgate.
At first, I was all in favor of Corbett resigning his AG post in order to run for governor, however, after some additional thought, I feel that this move would be detrimental to the Bonusgate investigation. If we allow Corbett to move on, we are essentially allowing Bonusgate to die. We would be giving Corbett a free pass and admitting that partisan-investigating is OK.
Corbett needs to be held accountable. Still, Marston is right; Corbett needs to pick one hat. So, maybe he should focus on Bonusgate and hold off on his plans to run for governor. In other words, Corbett needs to swallow the bite he's already bitten off before biting again.