PA Republicans file ethics complaint against US Senate candidate Katie McGinty

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HARRISBURG (WBRE/WYOU) – The Republican Party of Pennsylvania filed an ethics complaint Wednesday against Democratic US Senatorial candidate Katie McGinty, alleging she participated in political activity during work hours as Governor Tom Wolf’s Chief of Staff.

In a release issued by the party Wednesday, the party alleges than in an email released by Wikileaks McGinty emailed Hillary Clinton campaign chairman John Podesta on July 17, 2015 to ask for his advice on running for the United States Senate.

PA GOP Communications Director Megan Sweeney said “In the middle of Tom Wolf’s budget crisis, Katie McGinty was clearly breaking the rules and working on her political future instead of her taxpayer-funded job.”

Sweeney added “It’s no wonder McGinty and Wolf have now spent 15 months refusing to comply with orders from the Office of Open Records and now the Commonwealth Court to release her official emails, which just one email already shows her breaking the rules.”

In response to the filing, McGinty’s Campaign Communications Director Sean Coit tells Eyewitness news, “This was a brief note sent from her personal account to a former colleague. It’s pathetic to watch Pat Toomey try a new stunt every day to avoid taking a stand on Donald Trump.”

Last week the Commonwealth Court ordered the Wolf administration to release several thousand pages of emails regarding McGinty’s job performance while serving as Chief of Staff. The administration was ordered to produce the emails within 30-days, a deadline which would come after McGinty’s election contest with incumbent Republican Senator Pat Toomey is decided.

The email, released by Wikileaks, part of thousands of emails surrounding the Presidential campaign of Hillary Clinton reads:

“Hey John — Emilys [sic] List and [Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee] have been working me hard [regarding] a US Senate run,” McGinty wrote. “Would love your perspective. Will need to decide one way or other by mid next week.”

Podesta, according to the Wikileaks releases, replied “I’ll call”. McGinty left her position as Wolf’s Chief of Staff the following week to set the stage for her US Senate run.

The GOP alleges McGinty violated the Govener’s Code of Conduct and State Guidelines for Political Activity.

This is a developing story, check back later for additional information.

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