24 hours must have felt like a lifetime for Pennsylvania Senator Joe Scarnati, who got caught up in an ethical imbroglio over his almost all expense paid trip to the Superbowl.
Instead of returning phone calls, Scarnati’s camp decided to do an about face on Twitter. Tweeting out on Monday night that he will reimburse Consol Energy for the plane ticket, Superbowl ticket, and hotel accommodation. Scarnati mentioned that all along he intended to pay the Pennsylvania based energy giant back for all of its super goodwill.
Scarnati did not break any law, but of course, no legislative body can create enough laws that dictate appropriate, ethical behavior.
If Scarnati(R-Jefferson) truly planned to spend his own money, why not just pay for it up-front, preventing the appearance of getting caught in the cookie jar?
“We can not ban poor judgment, but we should not continue to legalize mixing perks with public policy. We have to establish zero tolerance for perks, and start by banning all gifts and gratuities,” said Rock The Capital’s Eric Epstein.
Senator Scarnati has not returned calls to Rock The Capital, and neither has Consol.
The Philadelphia Inquirer broke the story on Sunday, and I have a strong feeling it’s not the end of it.
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