Katie McGinty’s time at the helm of our state’s Environmental Department was known primarily for her funneling of taxpayer money to firms that employed her husband – actions which resulted in a rebuke from a Pennsylvania ethics-committee and our state’s Supreme Court. Unsurprisingly, her approach to governance – enrich herself and her allies, while claiming to advocate for working families – has played out through her many attempts at nabbing statewide office, most recently in her Senate campaign.
“Katie McGinty’s entire approach to governance has been ‘do as I say, not as I do,’” said Joe DeFelice, Chairman of the Philadelphia Republican Party. “Does anybody buy her rhetoric on working families as she’s devoted her entire career to enriching herself on the taxpayer’s dime?
Here’s a timeline of McGinty’s ethics issues this campaign cycle:
- December 8, 2015: Philadelphia Democratic machine rolls out the red carpet to endorse Katie McGinty in her contested Senate Primary at City Hall; McGinty campaign declines to pay the rental fee, has to pony up after a public inquiry.
- April 8, 2016: McGinty rolls up to E.W. Rhodes Elementary School along with union and political allies, interrupting a school day for Philadelphia schoolchildren and violating city rules on campaigning during school hours, per City officials: “According to our policy, candidates for elected office...may not visit schools during school hours for personal political purposes.” At the time we asked: Is Katie McGinty Corrupt, or Just Incompetent?
- May 1, 2016: McGinty takes a page from the Clinton playbook, lies directly to media on her history as a registered lobbyist: “Well first, I am not a lobbyist and I have not lobbied.” (NBC10’s ‘@ Issue’).
- May 4, 2016: McGinty repeats her lies about her past as a lobbyist, this time to Pittsburgh radio station KDKA: “The record is very clear. I am not a lobbyist. I have never lobbied.”
- May 6, 2016: McGinty attends Mother’s Day Brunch hosted by Philadelphia Councilman Kenyatta Johnson (himself recently fined for abusing councilmanic privilege as political retribution), with his Special Events Coordinator as point of contact – meaning that she once again used a taxpayer-supported event as a campaign stop.
Whether it’s lying about her past as a lobbyist, looking the other way as her campaign chair calls Pennsylvania women “ugly,” or relying on taxpayer money to finance her career ambitions, McGinty’s campaign has been an ethical trainwreck. Stay tuned: if you’re a member of the Philadelphia Democratic machine, the gravy train keeps on rolling – and we’ll keep reporting on it.