Pennsylvania’s longest serving senator (pictured to the right) is seemingly as mellow as can be about an ethics investigation in to his questionable relationship with Blue Cross of Northeastern Pennsylvania, which is a paid seat on the board of the insurance company. Not to mention his affiliation with Penseco Financial services, or the money he pocketed from renting out space for his district office; in a building Mellow, and, or his former wife owned a stake.
Mellow, of course, is embattled Senator Robert Mellow. RocktheCapital has tried every (business) day for the past ten days to reach him. He does not return calls and up until Thursday RTC had no success in reaching Mellow’s Chief of Staff, Lisa Scullin. Scullin said she would relay RTC’s request for an interview to the senator.
The Senate Ethic’s Committee voted two weeks ago to “stay” its investigation, which in Eric Epstein’s view the committee will “run out the clock,” and not act on the case. Mellow, a Democrat from Peckville was first elected to office in1971. He announced earlier this year he had no intention of seeking another term when it ends in November.
Epstein, a founder of RocktheCapital.com, brought the ethics complaint before the committee. “How much is enough? Mr. Mellow received a salary, COLA, perks, pension, health care and an automobile from the taxpayers, sat on two paying Boards, and wrote checks to himself with other peoples’ money.”
“Unless the Senate is coordinating an investigation with the FBI and IRS, the complaint is DOA,” said Epstein.
Over the summer, agents from the FBI and IRS were observed carrying documents from Senator Mellow’s home and district office.
Melllow is not facing any criminal charges.
RTC has also tried multiple times to reach Republican Senator, Charles McIlhinney without success. McIlhinney is the Chairman of the Ethics Committee.
So, while the committee is putting off its investigation — we here at RTC will keep trying to uncover the reasons behind its decision, or lack of one.
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