RocktheCapital has tried for more than three weeks to reach Senator Robert Mellow (D-22) – nearly every day since the Senate Ethics Committee decided forever, seemingly, to delay its decision about the senator’s questionable behavior.
Mellow, Pennsylvania’s longest serving senator, is paid to sit on the board of Blue Cross of Northeastern Pennsylvania, and he occupies a seat on the board of a bank.
Mellow, in published reports, does not view being a paid a sitting member of the senate and receiving paychecks to appear on the boards of an insurance giant and a financial institution as problem. Neither, does the Ethic’s Committee, which voted last month to “stay” a further investigation in to Mellow.
“The Senate Ethics Committee is running out the clock,” said Eric Epstein, one of the founders of RocktheCapital.
Epstein originally brought his ethics complaint before the Committee in 2008. He sees the lack of action as a clear sign the committee will let Mellow walk out in to the sun.
Mellow will retire at the end of the year, but there is another cloud hanging over the senator’s head. FBI agents and the IRS are taking a hard look at his business dealings. He spent more than $200,000 K of taxpayers money for him to rent his district office space from himself. Up until recently, Mellow owned a building that housed his district work space in Peckville.
Mellow has not been charged with any crime. He does not return our phone calls and his Communications Director, Lisa Scullin, is reticent to say boo.
Mellow stands to receive a more than generous retirement package, according to the Citizens Voice his pension will amount to over 300,000 K a year. Mellow voted for and kept his pay raise in 2005.
“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. This type of self-enriching behavior only makes sense if Mr. Mellow is attempting to establish an insanity defense.
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