Via Brian Herman, Onorato's Campaign Communications Director:
This photo was taken within the last few days at the Bradford County Fair in Troy, PA. We see what looks like a taxpayer-funded table with a banner displaying the official seal and government website of the Office of the Attorney General. On top of that table is a stack of forms from the Attorney General's Bureau of Consumer Protection - a service paid for by our tax dollars.Oopsie!
No problem so far.
But there's more... On top of that same table is promotional literature and buttons for Tom Corbett's campaign for Governor.
So, it's inappropriate for an elected official to use resources from their taxpayer-funded government office to promote their campaign.
And, yet, that seems to be what Tom Corbett is doing in this photo.
Sometimes reality interferes with a politician's rhetoric. And sometimes the evidence is just too plain to ignore.
And, Corbett's response via PA2010:
Any mingling of politics and official business, however remote, is a delicate subject for Corbett, who has made his name prosecuting legislative corruption in Harrisburg through the so-called Bonusgate investigation. In that scandal, government employees were convicted, and others still stand accused, of doing campaign work on the taxpayer’s dime.
Nils Frederiksen, a spokesman for the attorney general’s office, said the materials were placed on the table before staff from the office arrived. They were immediately removed when noticed, he said. He was unsure who placed the campaign literature on the table.