Tuesday, December 1, 2015

"The Sting:" Kane v. Fina

The sting of Philly pols -- whether it was good bad and what should be done about it -- would make for a great TV debate.

"The Sting:" Kane v. Fina


The sting operation that snared a bunch of Philly Democratic pols and that raises still-unanswered questions about the conduct of former top state prosecutors and current Attorney General Kathleen Kane sure would make for a great TV debate.

And that's exactly what one of the principals in the case, its lead prosectutor Frank Fina, proposed in a Sunday Inquirer essay.

Fina, who now works for Philly DA Seth Williams but ran the state sting when working for the AG's office, has been knocked hard by Kane for running what she calls a bad investigation, tainted with racism.

There are charges Fina and others involved in the case vehemently deny.

Kane meanwhile has lawyered-up and evidently is saying no more.

But I just love Fina's idea of a televised debate with Kane and whoever she wants to bring along -- the latter part of the offer clearly intended to suggest she needs help.

Fina says reporters can ask questions and (adding another dig) caps off his offer with this:

"Surely, an elected official should be able to and be required to speak (his emphasis) to the citizens of this commonwealth and explain how and why she made a decision not to pursue possible official corruption, and instead chose to criticize those who sought to bring possible crimes to light, and then remain silent when called to answer."

A TV debate on this issue might even be worthy of pay-per-view. Get a Philly station of PCN to produce it. In honor of the 1973 classic film, call the show "The Sting." Maybe Fina can wear a fedora, ala Henry Gondorff, and lay a finger aside his nose.

I'd be happy to moderate, ask questions or even just watch and listen. This whole thing, after all, seems to be made for TV.




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John Baer has been covering politics and government for the Daily News since 1987. The National Journal in 2002 called Baer one of the country's top 10 political journalists outside Washington, saying Baer has, "the ability to take the skin off a politician without making it hurt too much." E-mail John at baerj@phillynews.com.

John is the author of the book "On The Front Lines of Pennsylvania Politics: Twenty-Five Years of Keystone Reporting" (The History Press, 2012). Reach John at baerj@phillynews.com.

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