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The treasurer's admission: Resign Mr. Casey (Rick Santorum is smiling!)
Pittsburgh Tribune-Review ^ | 3-9-06 | Editorial

Posted on 03/08/2006 9:20:40 PM PST by smoothsailing

The treasurer's admission: Resign, Mr. Casey

Thursday, March 9, 2006

Bobby Casey just cooked his own political goose.

The state treasurer and presumptive Democrat nominee for the U.S. Senate "broke ranks with the political establishment" (as The Associated Press tells it) and offered in a legal filing that the Pennsylvania Legislature violated the state Constitution with its summer 2005 pay-jacking.

The filing came in response to a lawsuit now before the state Supreme Court that challenges the pay raises, repealed last fall after a public outcry...Snip... Mr. Casey, a defendant in the lawsuit, denied that the filing was politically motivated. "When you're brought into a lawsuit, you've got to respond," he said.

But in the process, Casey is admitting that he aided and abetted the evisceration of the state charter. For, you see, Casey is the gent responsible for cutting the checks that rewarded legislators for their unconstitutional act. He could have refused to authorize payment but did not.

So, the commonwealth's highest-ranking fiscal officer, Treasurer Robert P. Casey Jr., has admitted to participating in a scheme that even he considers to have been illegal, in clear violation of the Pennsylvania Constitution and his oath of office.

The only honorable thing to do is for Casey to resign and end his quest for higher office.

2004 by The Tribune-Review Publishing Co.

(Excerpt) Read more at pittsburghlive.com ...


TOPICS: Editorial; News/Current Events; Philosophy; Politics/Elections; US: Pennsylvania
KEYWORDS: bobcasey; casey; elections; grubbingpoliticians; pennsylvania; santorum

1 posted on 03/08/2006 9:20:42 PM PST by smoothsailing
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To: smoothsailing

Will this have legs?


2 posted on 03/08/2006 9:23:06 PM PST by ncountylee (Dead terrorists smell like victory)
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To: smoothsailing; fieldmarshaldj; AuH2ORepublican; Kuksool; zbigreddogz; JohnnyZ; William Creel; ...

I don't see this as single-handedly sinking Casey's bid, but it does damage it. How much remains to be seen.


3 posted on 03/08/2006 9:27:47 PM PST by Clintonfatigued (Bob Taft for Impeachment)
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To: smoothsailing

Boom!

4 posted on 03/08/2006 9:29:07 PM PST by Southack (Media Bias means that Castro won't be punished for Cuban war crimes against Black Angolans in Africa)
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To: ncountylee
I don't see why not.Sounds like Casey may have violated the Pa. constitution.I'm no lawyer, but it doesn't look right to me.

The dems have figured Casey could beat Rick as long as "the wheels didn't come off" his campaign.

See this:

Santorum expected to cut Casey's big edge

It was written before the above editorial.

5 posted on 03/08/2006 9:43:31 PM PST by smoothsailing
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To: smoothsailing

Looks like the Mighty Casey just struck out...lol


6 posted on 03/08/2006 9:49:04 PM PST by Beagle8U (An "Earth First" kinda guy ( when we finish logging here, we'll start on the other planets.)
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To: smoothsailing

I sure feel like a dummy for believing the polls and thinking Santorum was a gonner. This could be a nice turnaround


7 posted on 03/08/2006 9:52:22 PM PST by Mount Athos
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To: ncountylee
Will this have legs?

No. Democrats never resign in shame. They get re-elected by other shameless Democrats.
It's just the way it is.

8 posted on 03/08/2006 9:53:10 PM PST by Lancey Howard
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To: Beagle8U
HA! Hope you're right. :)
9 posted on 03/08/2006 9:56:40 PM PST by smoothsailing
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To: smoothsailing

In any case this is a huge campaign issue for Santorum.


10 posted on 03/08/2006 9:59:22 PM PST by denydenydeny ("Osama... made the mistake of confusing media conventional wisdom with reality" (Mark Steyn))
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To: Mount Athos
The people running the Santorum polls are probably the same ones who were running the DeLay polls.LOL!
11 posted on 03/08/2006 10:08:41 PM PST by smoothsailing
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To: smoothsailing
Yes, it will - this is big. This knocks the legs out from under Casey's Senate bid. It was clear sailing until one learned he cut checks for Pennslyvania lawmakers who voted for an illegal pay raise. There's no way he can defend that conduct. Its over. All Santorum has to do is run a commercial linking Casey with the Harrisburg political establishment and its kaput for the Democrat. It looked bad for Santorum a few months back. Now this. I can't wait for other shoe to drop.

(Denny Crane: "I Don't Want To Socialize With A Pinko Liberal Democrat Commie. Say What You Like About Republicans. We Stick To Our Convictions. Even When We Know We're Dead Wrong.")

12 posted on 03/09/2006 12:05:32 AM PST by goldstategop (In Memory Of A Dearly Beloved Friend Who Lives On In My Heart Forever)
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To: smoothsailing

bttt


13 posted on 03/09/2006 12:13:39 AM PST by nopardons
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To: smoothsailing

Rick Santorum is also smiling because Kate Michelman, former head of NARAL is seriously thinking of jumping in to the race . Giving Pennsylvania a "choice", so to speak.


14 posted on 03/09/2006 12:21:46 AM PST by Cincinna (The ARKANSAS GRIFTERS want to take over your country. HILLARY & HER HINO ON THE MOVE!)
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That would add nice touch.... if Casey's toast, the Dems have to run a pro-abortion liberal. Great news!

(Denny Crane: "I Don't Want To Socialize With A Pinko Liberal Democrat Commie. Say What You Like About Republicans. We Stick To Our Convictions. Even When We Know We're Dead Wrong.")

15 posted on 03/09/2006 12:26:09 AM PST by goldstategop (In Memory Of A Dearly Beloved Friend Who Lives On In My Heart Forever)
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To: Cincinna
Unless I'm mistaken, Michelman could not garner the necessary filing petition signatures and has now missed the filing deadline.
16 posted on 03/09/2006 9:54:53 AM PST by smoothsailing
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To: smoothsailing

I view this as only a hit (not a mortal wound) on Mr. Casey. That ol' double standard thing. But it may give pause to some of the Santorum "pallbearers." At least until the next bad poll comes out.


17 posted on 03/10/2006 5:09:58 AM PST by Coop (FR= a lotta talk, but little action)
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To: Owl_Eagle; brityank; Physicist; WhyisaTexasgirlinPA; GOPJ; abner; baseballmom; Mo1; Ciexyz; ...

A golden oldie that should not be forgotten


18 posted on 07/02/2006 6:17:33 AM PDT by Tribune7
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A golden oldie that should not be forgotten

Santorum will probably sit on this one until two weeks before the election, to not give time for Casey to allow the outrage to diminish.

19 posted on 07/02/2006 6:22:36 AM PDT by dirtboy (When Bush is on the same side as Ted the Swimmer on an issue, you know he's up to no good...)
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To: Coop
The only honorable thing to do is for Casey to resign and end his quest for higher office.

That'll happen when pigs grow wings and fly.

20 posted on 07/02/2006 8:44:37 PM PDT by Vigilanteman (crime would drop like a sprung trapdoor if we brought back good old-fashioned hangings)
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To: smoothsailing; Southack

I'm certain Rick's going to cut into Casey's polling leads, whether or not this story has legs. What's interesting is that a great turnout for Diana Irey might propel Rick back into office. He has to know this. I expect we'll be seeing them together as the summer progresses. :-)


21 posted on 07/02/2006 8:54:06 PM PDT by Coop (No, there are no @!%$&#*! polls on Irey vs. Murtha!)
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To: Coop
You can take it to the bank, brother!

I'm off. Keep 'er going.

22 posted on 07/02/2006 9:18:44 PM PDT by smoothsailing (Support The Troops-Support The Mission--Please Visit http://www.irey.com--&--Vets4Irey.com)
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