Thursday, July 2, 2015

Fox 29 exposes no-show worker in Philly lawmaker's office

A legislative aide to freshman state Rep.J.P. Miranda of Philadelphia was fixing cars when he should have been helping constituents in Miranda's district office.

Fox 29 exposes no-show worker in Philly lawmaker's office

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UPDATE: Includes response from Philadelphia District attorney Seth Williams.

A legislative aide to freshman state Rep.J.P. Miranda of Philadelphia was fixing cars when he should have been helping constituents in Miranda's district office.

That's what Fox 29 found when it tailed Timothy Duckett for a week.

Duckett, a former driver for Miranda during his campaign last year, was taking home $36,000 - including a recent $10k raise - for his alleged fulltime work for the state.

Tasha Jamerson, spokeswoman for Philadelphia district attorney Seth Williams, said he had reviewed the tape, but that the office would have no comment unless charges were filed.

See the classic gotcha piece below (length alert, but worth it) complete with Miranda burning rubber to avoid the TV camera.

For those not familiar with Miranda, he won the 197th district seat in the Germantown section that was vacated by Rep. Jewell Williams who ran for and won the job as Philadelphia County sheriff.

Prior to joining the legislature Mirana worked for Philadelphia Mayor Michael Nutter, most recently directing the “Philly Counts” program that was part of the 2010 U.S. Census. He also served as community liaison for  City Council President Darrell Clarke and as spokesman and community liaison for state Sen. Shirley Kitchen of PHiladelphia.

 

 

 

 

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