Chairman Veon of the Corruption Party
Former Pennsylvania House Democratic Whip Mike Veon is scheduled to be sentenced on April 18 for his second round of public corruption convictions. And given that Mr. Veon, the ex-Democrat legislator of Beaver County, now is proven to be the consummate criminal, he should be treated as such.
That means that the jail term he's sure to receive should be served after he completes his 6-to-14-year term for his first public corruption conviction. Just how many additional years that might be remains unclear. But a state prosecutor says it will be "significant additional time."
Mr. Veon, 55, was convicted in Dauphin County Common Pleas Court this week of eight felonies and two misdemeanors. He used money from the publicly funded Beaver Initiative for Growth (BIG) to pay for his political proclivities.
In 2010, this "public purpose" thief was convicted in the Bonusgate scandal. He was the mastermind behind a $1.4 million program that paid illegal bonuses for legislative staffers to politick on the public dime.
Veon is a member in solid standing of a growing club of once-prominent Pennsylvania legislative "leaders" who abused their power and abused the public trust to advance their political and personal goals. His second round of convictions makes him the titular leader of the Corruption Party. And justice demands he serve his forthcoming sentence consecutively, not concurrently.