Rep. Tom Murt Flees House Floor, Protects Corbett from Investigation

Rep. Tom Murt flees House floor, protects Gov. Corbett from investigation stemming from Sandusky scandal.

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.

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just plain mary October 05, 2012 at 03:41 AM
Tom Murt is a fine gentleman. There must be more to this story. Please post the whole story not just enticing headlines.
Curmudgeon October 05, 2012 at 09:07 AM
This is the same post that Todd Stephen's opponent, Will Sillyteng, posted in the Patch last nite. It is not true but campaign BS by Dems who cannot run on anything but love to disparage their opponents. Tom Murt and Todd Stephens are both gentlemen who are out in public, meeting with constituents. These men are desperate for attention. This is not a story but a political blog.
Tara October 05, 2012 at 12:45 PM
Surprised & disgusted at Patch on this one, I was under the impression Patch was nuetral and just gathered facts-Obviously not! Writers personal opinion is the entire article not facts gathered about entire story. Tom Murt accepts interviews? His staff is always helpful. Saw no quotes from Tom Murt here. If Patch writers are just going to be yet another Democratic point of view of rants & raves I don't need it in my favorites or my inbox any longer.
Kathy Steen Rusch October 05, 2012 at 01:16 PM
Tara - this is Ron Kolla's blog - his singular view and slant. I read this same Press release on other candidates as well - they just replace the names. tsk tsk
Jake October 05, 2012 at 01:41 PM
Govenor Ed Rendell was on the Penn State Board for 8 years! Lets investigate what he knew.
Concerned in Horsham October 05, 2012 at 04:10 PM
So did they really walk off the house floor to avoid the vote?
Pink Pussycat October 05, 2012 at 04:35 PM
The story is true. This is also a blog post, not a story posted by a Patch reporter. Perhaps if you are not intelligent enough to determine the sections of a website you are not intelligent enough to make public policy decisions like voting. Apparently reading comprehension is a lost virtue. We better save Big Bird and fast!
Wondering in Hatboro October 05, 2012 at 09:51 PM
Politics at work. They all have no problem voting to frack the hell out of Pa. They dont care about your childs education or polluting your water either. What purpose do they really serve. Ok , they are nice gentlemen but that doesnt get my vote. It takes a backbone to do the RIGHT thing for the people.
Joe October 05, 2012 at 11:04 PM
What's the right thing?? Creating jobs in PA with natural gas exploration, where all the real science has said it is safe??. Expanding the education budget but trying to resolve 20 years of negligence by both political parties to the TEACHERS pension plan?? I guess it depends which side of the issues you fall on.
Rush Limbo October 06, 2012 at 11:38 PM
Tom Murt , Ran to fight a war for his country. Funny how local yokels have adopted the Chicago smear Politics of their party's leader. Shame on you liberals !
Joe Rooney October 06, 2012 at 11:40 PM
I read the resolution and it is complete political posturing. The PA House already has all the authority and independence it needs to investigate any state matter. (An impartial investigation from the current US Attorney General ... that is funny!) This is another example of impotent Democrats abusing their incumbent status and campaigning on the public's dime within 30 days of an election. Tom Murt has stood up and been counted his whole life. Tom Murt actually has fought for PA Families every day he served in our armed forces. Tom Murt has been in combat and deserves out thanks and recognition. God Bless you Tom Murt and thanks for all your service. Semper Fi, Joe Rooney
Frogman October 07, 2012 at 10:55 AM
Some perspective here. Tom Corbett was AG from 1995-97 and 2005-2011. These timeframes are before and after the Sandusky allegations surfaced. Why doesn't the blogger mention this? Be careful what you read, folks.
Tara October 09, 2012 at 03:46 PM
Good to know about Ron Kolla! Thanks Kath!
PatchWatcher October 10, 2012 at 11:59 PM
If this same piece has run in other Dem blogs, there is an excellent chance that this is just party propoganda stuffed into the mouths of newbies like Mr. Kolla. A word to Mr. Kolla: fight back against your party hacks and run your own campaign if you propose to make a real go of this -- an ethical one based on facts would be best. Don't you think Tom Murt was loaded for bear with ridiculous "ammunition" by his own party? He has told his own party to stuff it so he could run a clean campaign since the moment he threw his hat in the ring the first time. They didn't like it at all. But this is his home town which he loves with all his heart. He is not about to engage in dirty politics with the people he grew up with, his neighbors and friends. He is honest, works very hard and respects people. I just wish he would run for higher office. We need more people like him in high places, in my opinion.
Liberty 1 October 11, 2012 at 12:01 AM
He was too busy with his face in a hoagie to know anything.
Liberty 1 October 11, 2012 at 12:07 AM
Watch what you say - the dems would lose 90% of their base if any "tests" had to be taken before the vote. They could maybe blow the dust off the ones they forced on the blacks down south.
Liberty 1 October 11, 2012 at 12:09 AM
Come on Froggy! Why let the facts get in the way?


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