Senator Vince Fumo's trial began yesterday with the first day of jury selection. In the days leading up to the trial the senator was doing what he does best: doling out taxpayersâ€™ hard-earned money for corporate welfare projects, including a new produce distribution center ($150 million of the $280 million project is subsidized with tax dollars).
You would think any politician with a 139-count indictment would have few friends but apparently 30 years of handing out other people's money buys you a lot of support. Fumo is accused of misallocating public funds for private gain, but supporters last week said, “Sen. Fumo was not just a savior on this job . . . [he] also made sure that not one nickel of taxpayer money was misspent.”
How in the world could a part-time legislator receiving full-time pay be misspending taxpayer money?
Oh I don't know, maybe by neglecting his duties and not returning to Harrisburg during September's limited session while collecting his full salary of $76,613.