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often in Harrisburg, Cornell spoke openly of being given a job that had no real duties attached to it.Cornell, who is a former Republican representative from Montgomery County, says she went to then Speaker John Perzel after voters turned her out of office in 2006 and asked for a job. She was told she would go to work for Philadelphia Republican then Rep. George Kenney. The best part for her was that she would receive the same $72,187 salary she had earned as a legislator.According to the presentment, Perzel told Cornell to talk to Brett Feese, former House Republican counsel, who like Perzel, has been charged in the attorney general investigation. Feese told her she would be put on Kenney payroll.Cornell said she then approached Kenney about the plan, to which he was not Brown Prada Handbag aware, and said me know whatever you want me to do. . I don care. I sit and answer phones. I pick up your dry cleaning. I happy to do something.Kenney simply responded by laughing, she said. state. To the grand jury, Cornell said she never did any work for the money she was earning and, in fact, never even stepped foot into Kenney office. She said she felt bad about the arrangement and after a short time asked Perzel to find her another job.Another former House employee, Sam Stokes, who was Perzel brother in law, earned $41,418 from the Republican Caucus. The presentment states that Stokes allegedly told another GOP House staffer that he needed health benefits so Perzel gave him a state job.Certainly all of this says a lot about Perzel, who along with Feese and eight others faces charges connected to using $10 million of taxpayer money to create computer programs that were used to help Republican campaigns. Attorney General Tom Corbett says Perzel was consumed with not losing his seat and wanted to make certain Republicans held the majority in the House.But it says something about the culture of Harrisburg as well.Rep. Frank LaGrotta, D Lawrence County, was sentenced to six months of house arrest and 30 months of probation last year after pleading guilty to placing two relatives on the payroll as ghost employees.Mike Manzo, a top staffer in the House Democratic Caucus, was also charged last year by Corbett for putting a woman, with whom he allegedly was having a relationship, on the payroll.The idea that people with no real job can be added to the legislative payroll is disturbing.For years, some legislators who retire or lose an election find themselves in consulting or research jobs with their caucus, many times earning the same salary as they did as legislators, sometimes for short periods of time, sometimes not. These jobs have been defended by caucus leaders as important assignments whenever they are questioned.We are not suggesting they were or are illegal although clearly at least one of them was but it is easy for taxpayers to question why former lawmakers end up working for the General Assembly right after they leave public service. Gov. Ed Rendell found that out when he hired former Rep. Dan Surra.Many broad issues are surfacing because of the attorney general investigation how bonuses can be tied to campaign work, how alleged illegal activity can go on under Burberry Wallet Mens Sale
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