Thursday, November 8, 2012
One Year of Ugly Headlines Later and Penn State Still Can't Shake the Mud From Its Boots
Spanier entered no plea when arraigned on Wednesday. He is free on $125,000 bail.
The "political purposes" excuse makes sense to Pennsylvanians who watched the race for state attorney general unfold.
"With a decisive electoral victory in the books, Attorney General-elect Kathleen Kane now moves on to a potentially more sizable challenge: preparing to take the reins of a massive state agency. The Democrat campaigned in large part on a promise to immediately begin investigating how the attorney general's office under now-Gov. Tom Corbett and his appointed successor, Linda Kelly, handled the Jerry Sandusky child sexual abuse probe.
"She vigorously questioned the investigation's length and resources allocated to it, and maintained that skepticism as revelations came out last week on actions by Penn State University officials to stymie prosecutors' efforts." (http://www.post-gazette.com/stories/local/state/kane-has-full-agenda-in-transition-to-pa-attorney-general-661132/
Voters' questions fueled by Kane's Sandusky probe critique is evident in Centre County, the central Pennsylvania home of Penn State. While voters there were split in the Presidential race and went for Democratic U.S. Sen. Bob Casey by a slim margin, they chose Kane with 56% over Republican David Freed's 40 percent. The voters made it clear they want more answers on Penn State's seemingly never-ending crisis.
This is an extreme example of how your crises can take on a life of their own. When you figure the cost of a crisis, take into account the aftershocks -- all those newsworthy events that could keep your dirty underwear in the public's eye. And don't forget the first anniversary, and the fifth, and so on. They're all ripples in your pond. The resulting waves depend on the size of the rock dropped into the water.