It reads like pulp fiction: a powerful political boss spying on his enemies, ex-lovers and even his own family.
And you paid for it.
From his state Senate discretionary fund, Vincent J. Fumo paid a private investigator more than $215,000 to dig up dirt on Ed Rendell, then a candidate for governor; union leader John Dougherty; and an ex-wife and former girlfriends, the federal government alleges.
The tale of Fumo's alleged five-year spying operation is one of the most surprising portions in the 267-page indictment handed up yesterday by a grand jury.
"Taxpayers are paying for a state senator to hire a former police inspector to follow around ex-girlfriends," said U.S. Attorney Patrick L. Meehan. "To me, that's scary."
Fumo never addressed the spying allegations when he rose on the Senate floor Monday to declare his innocence.
Wednesday, February 07, 2007
Innocent until proven guilty, of course, but removing Vince Fumo from our local political scene would be a blessing to the city and sate.
by Atrios at 09:36