First, I would like to commend The Progress for the front-page story regarding state Rep. Camille “Bud” George’s failure to declare a gift of Penn State tickets. Too many times news that is relevant to the voters of the 74th District is not reported locally, as was the case when he voted for the legislative pay raise. News that does make it through is often buried within the paper several days after it was reported in other publications, as was done last fall when Rep. George “resigned” in a fit of rage.
This matter of Rep. George not fully disclosing gifts, as required by law — and his reaction to getting caught with his hand in the cookie jar — raises some very legitimate concerns. First and foremost, Rep. George had indicated that he had not received anything. This was an outright lie, and causes one to wonder what other required information has been falsified over the years.
The article went on to say that he amended his report the day after he was contacted by The Philadelphia Inquirer, saying that Penn State had not informed him that he was in the school’s lobbying report, as the law requires. Why should Penn State have to tell him that they are going to be truthful in their disclosures? Rules are rules, Mr. George! It is apparent that our representative believes that he is above the law.
Finally, Rep. George was quoted as saying “I am tired of this g–d— place anyway.” When someone is fed up with their job and the accountability measures that are tied to that employment, it is in everyone’s best interest that they resign or retire. In my opinion, it is time – and if he won’t do it, then the voters need to make it happen.