In a stunning development the word Democrats was used in the first sentence of the story. This is dated Tuesday and hasn’t made any national headlines, so that part makes sense.
State Reps. Ron Waters and Vanessa Lowery Brown, both Philadelphia Democrats, surrendered Tuesday in Harrisburg on bribery, conflict of interest and other charges after a Philadelphia grand jury investigation.
The charges pick up from a long-running state investigation that was spurned last year by Pennsylvania Attorney General Kathleen Kane, but that Philadelphia District Attorney Seth Williams later took up.
Williams said both lawmakers have appeared before his grand jury and “fully admitted that they knowingly took illegal cash payments.”
Waters, the current secretary of the House Democratic Caucus and a House member since 1999, was charged with accepting nine payments totalling $8,750 from a confidential informant posing as a Harrisburg lobbyist to “exercise that God-given right of leverage.”
Brown, a member of the state House since 2009, was charged with taking $4,000 on five different occasions from the informant.
Kane the AG, also a Democrat, suspected racism, of course.
When the revelations emerged earlier this year, the Keystone State’s top law-enforcement officer, Democratic attorney general Kathleen Kane, said she would not charge Brown or Waters, and shut down the operation that began under her predecessor, then–attorney general and currently outgoing Republican governor Tom Corbett. The Philadelphia Inquirer reports that Kane called into question how the investigation was conducted and suggested that race played a role in targeting Brown and Waters, who are black.
In what should come as no surprise, racist Eric Holder has declined to pursue a federal case against the indicted Democrats.