Yesterday, State Rep. Tom Murt and the Republican leadership fled the house chamber in the middle of session and cancelled votes in order to prevent the passage of HR 520, urging the US Attorney General to investigate Gov. Tom Corbett’s handling of the Jerry Sandusky investigation.
This is another example of Representative Murt’s ‘follow the leader’ approach in Harrisburg. Rep Murt followed the Corbett administration in voting to cut millions of dollars from our schools, he followed the Corbett administration in restricting voting rights to the elderly and disabled and now he is following house Republicans in a partisan attempt to protect their leader, Tom Corbett.
It is time for Murt to stand up for Pennsylvania's families by calling for a federal investigation of now Corbett's handling of the Sandusky investigation. We now know that as Pennsylvania Attorney General Corbett had uncovered all of the material facts concerning these tragic events of prolonged child abuse at least two years before the criminal case was filed by his successor.
During some of that time as Governor, Corbett was even on the Penn State board of trustees. Yet he said nothing while acts of child abuse and the threat of more abuse were ongoing.
Murt purports to be a champion of our children, the disabled and our educators, but he has been silent on this, supporting his party's efforts to sweep this tragedy under the rug.
Now is the time for him to speak up and be counted by voting for this resolution, to ensure that the citizens of our Commonwealth that this will never be permitted to happen again. A call for an independent investigation is the right thing to do. It is time for Rep. Murt to stand up to his party's leadership and put the interests of vulnerable children first.
House Resolution 520 is a concurrent resolution calling on the Attorney General of the United States to appoint a special counsel to investigate the handling by the Pennsylvania Office of Attorney General of an investigation into alleged sexual abuse of minors and to investigate whether that alleged sexual abuse may have violated federal law.