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Tuesday, Aug. 27, 2013, 12:48 p.m.
 

We're not sure what's worse — the Corbett administration's lack of timely diligence in vetting his new Education secretary, the secrecy surrounding that nominee's sacking or the naming of that pulled nominee's acting replacement.

OK, they're equally odoriferous.

Everybody's hiding behind the phrase “personnel matter” to describe the forced bye-bye of William Harner, the acting Department of Education boss since June 1 (after the similarly unexplained sacking of Ron Tomalis). But there are plenty of whispers about supposed inappropriate comments made when Mr. Harner was superintendent of a suburban Harrisburg school district. Mr. Harner says any allegations were found to be meritless.

But, shhhhhhhhh! Nobody in officialdom can talk about the sacking of a public official paid with public dollars? That's not acceptable. And it took the Corbett administration three months to even learn of the matter? Who's doing the vetting, Sleepy the dwarf?

Then there's the matter of Harner's acting replacement, Carolyn Dumaresq. She's been the executive deputy secretary at Education. But she also once served as executive director of the Pennsylvania State Education Association, the state's largest teachers union.

Hold the phone! Anybody stop to think about the inherent conflict here? Obviously not.

Yech! Yuk! Phew!

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