Monday, August 3, 2015

Central PA on Corbett, Sandusky

The Harrisburg Patriot-News offers an online poll on Kathleen Kane's report on the Sandusky investigation: interesting results.

Central PA on Corbett, Sandusky


And now we hear from the heart of Pennsylvania's political "T."

The "T" is that section of the state that runs up the middle and across the top and is known for its conservative Republican constituency and it's bleed-blue-and-white love for Penn State football.

So what says the "T?"

Well, the Harrisburg Patriot-News, which covers 10 counties in the middle of the state, is conducting an online poll of readers asking for "your verdict" on state Attorney General Kathleen Kane's report on Gov. Corbett's handling of the Jerry Sandusky child-sex case while Corbett was AG.

The basic findings of the report say there's no evidence Corbett used the case for his political gain and was not influenced by campaign contributions from board members of Second Mile, a charity founded by Sandusky. It did, however, question Corbett's management style and delays in pushing the case forward.

The Patriot offers poll-takers options. As of Wednesday morning it drew 1,758 votes.

Here's how it broke down:

50.4% said, "Kane went gunning for Corbett, but she came up empty."

25.5% said, "I'm not sure I believe there was no politics involved."

11.2% said, "Corbett should have paid more attention, not less, to his staff's work."

7.2% said, "I'm glad to know politics didn't play a role, but the investigation sure was badly handled."

(You can read full poll results here.)





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