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State of Corruption: The McCord scandal

Yet again, scandal has rocked Harrisburg. And it’s time for the citizens of the State of Independence that has become the State of Corruption to take serious stock.

Late Friday, Pennsylvania Treasurer Rob McCord, an unsuccessful candidate for the Democrats’ gubernatorial nomination last year, admitted in a video statement that he attempted to wrangle campaign contributions from two potential contributors by threatening to make it difficult for them to do business with the commonwealth if they didn’t pony up.

Most people would call that what it is — extortion, a political shakedown of the worst kind.

McCord, 55, of Bryn Mawr, and in the middle of his second four-year term as treasurer, will plead guilty to federal charges yet to be filed, his attorneys said.

Said a contrite McCord, who immediately resigned, “I know my improper efforts to raise campaign contributions will forever be a stain on my record.”

And add to the growing stain of rank corruption on the fabric of Pennsylvania.

Rob McCord’s admitted crimes punctuate a decade of reprehensible criminal behavior for Pennsylvania’s political leaders. Those in every branch of state government have been accused of and/or convicted of gross criminal wrongdoing.

It’s an embarrassing pandemic of greed fueled by political power, a contagion that appears to be unstoppable. And it is on the verge of destroying Penn’s Wood. For shame.


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